By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Why should you backup user files?

The main reason for schedule backup Users files is to ensure data security. Why do I say this? By default, there are many installed or built in applications that will save files to Windows Users folder. To ensure the security of these files, it’s necessary to make a copy of the user files.

Besides, Users folder is located in system partition. If your computer have some problems because of virus attack or malware and needs to reinstall Windows, the Users folder and other installed Apps on the system drive will be deleted. To avoid this situation, you need to create a schedule to backup User files and the entire system in Windows 7/8/10/11.

Schedule backup user files with built-in tool

How to create a schedule to backup user files with built-in tool? Here are 2 file backup tool you can use, including Backup and Restore, File History. The first is only available on Windows 7 or Windows 10/11. The second one is supported by Windows 8 and later version.  

To open the backup tool, you can type the tool name in the search box and then select it from the results. Then, I’ll take Backup and Restore tool as an example and show you the detailed steps to create a scheduled file backup.

1. Open Backup and Restore, and click “Set up backup” on the right.

Set up Backup

2. Select the drive where you want to save the Windows backup files and click “Next” to continue.

Where to Save

3. It will bring you the What do you want to back up screen. Select “Let me choose” and click “Next”.

Let Me Choose

4. Select the Users folder under the Dta Files and click “Next”. If you want to backup your system, just tick the checkbox before Include a system of drives: System Reserved, (C:), (D:).

Check Users

5. In the next screen, you can see that Windows Backup has created a schedule to run the backup daily at 7:00 PM by default. If this scheduled time does not suit you, you can click Change schedule to switch to another time.


6. When the schedule is set, click “Save settings and run backup” to run the backup.

Important: Backup and Restore is not maintaining in Windows and it will be removed completely in the future. So, if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10, you’d better use free backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard.

For Windows 8/8.1 users, you could backup files to external hard drive with File History. But this tool does not allow you to backup specific folders. For more flexible way to create automatic backup for user files, free backup software is a greater choice.

Automatic backup user files with freeware

Compared with Windows built-in backup utility, AOMEI Backupper gives you more options configuring a scheduled backup, and it is easier to use. It allows you to do incremental and differential backups, set a filter to exclude the files unnecessary, enable email notification when a backup is triggered, and more.

To create schedule file backup with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Download and run this free backup and restore software.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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2. At the Home screen, click “Backup” and select “File Backup”. To backup system, click System Backup.

File Backup

3. Click “Add File” or “Add Folder ”to include the user files or folders into the backup.

Add Folders Files

4. Select a location path to save the image backup. You can backup files to USB, external hard drive, network drive, etc.

Select Destination

5. Click “Schedule” to set a specific time of a day, a week, a month to run the backup.

Schedule Settings General

Note: Scheduled backup in AOMEI Backupper will be performed as incremental backup by default, and you can change to full or differential backup (supported by the Professional version).

6. Click “Start Backup” to run the backup task.

Apart from the ability to create a schedule to backup user files, AOMEI Backupper also allows you to create Windows 10 scheduled backup, disk backup, file sync, hard drive clone, and more.


Wrapping things up

To create a schedule to backup user files can help you protect your data in the User folder. Here are 2 ways above. You can use any of them.

But if you want to backup Users files more flexibly, you’d better use the freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard. It not only allows you to create a schedule backup for user files, but also offer you more advanced features, such as, backup files with normal or high compression level, enable encryption for files, incremental or differential backup, etc.

This version only supports backing up several computers. If you want to protect unlimited PCs, you can consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Tech or TechPlus.