By Ivy / Last update October 13, 2020

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Hi, I am using Windows 7 Ultimate. I am using Windows 7 Backup to backup my data to my USB thumb drive. It backups fine, but I want to know if I can encrypt the backup too with Windows 7. Can it?

Can I perform Windows 7 backup encryption?

To protect your Windows backup image safe, you might want to get your Windows 7 backup encrypted. However, the two Windows 7 backup software : Backup and Restore, File History does not provide you to encrypt the Windows image backup.

If you store your Windows 7 backup to a drive, you could enable BitLocker Drive Encryption to keep it safe, here is the steps:

1. Input bitlocker in Windows 7 search box and choose Manage BitLocker.

2. Find the drive that contains the Windows 7 backup and expand it, click Turn BitLocker on.

Turn BitLocker On

3. Input your passwords, and click Next.

4. Choose a destination to save the BitLocker Recovery Key, click Next.

5. Then follow the on-screen guide to set up, and press Start Encrypting to encrypt the drive that contains Windows 7 backup.

However, other files and folders in that drive will be encrypted too, you have to decrypt the drive to use other files, it’s not the best way.

Is there any better way to do Windows 7 backup encryption? Maybe you should turn to the third-party backup software for help.

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As the best encryption backup software - AOMEI Backupper Professional provides you the easiest way to encrypt Windows 7 backup. It’s designed for Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and all 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

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Detailed steps to perform Windows 7 backup encryption with AOMEI Backupper

To show you how to create Windows 7 system backup and encrypt the Windows 7 backup, just refer to the following steps:

Step 1. Perform the encryption backup software - AOMEI Backupoper, choose Backup > System Backup.

System Backup 

Step 2. Choose a destination for Windows 7 system image file, customize Task Name if required.

Select Backup Destination 

Step 3. Click Options > Enable encryption for backups at the General tab. Input the passwords, and click OK.

Encrypt Windows 7 Backup 

✍ In Options settings, you could also split, compress, comment on the backup file, use VSS, enable email or SMS notification, and so on.
✍ Schedule allows you to automatically backup files on a regular basis, 5 modes provided: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in. If you only want to copy changes, Incremental or Differential Backup under the Advanced tab could be your best choices.
✍ Scheme is capable of deleting older backups automatically while the backups exceed the number you specified to retain after enable backup scheme.

Step 4. Press Start Backup >> to create Windows 7 system image and perform Windows 7 backup encryption.

Start Backup 

Further Reading: Backup Your File Encryption Certificate and Key

Sometimes, after you reinstall Windows 7 or upgrade to Windows 7, even you did not encrypt any files, you might get the following pop up:

Encrypting File System

Back up your file encryption certificate and key

Back Up Your File Encryption Certificate And Key 

This EFS notification will pop up whenever a new file encryption certificate and key has been created. This is usually after the first time you encrypt a file or folder, or manually create a new key using the Cipher command.

What should you do about the Encrypting File System window?

Way 1: Delete Certificate

If you did not encrypt any files and folders, you could do the following to turn off the window:

1. Input certmgr.msc into search box, press Enter to open Certificate Management window.

2. Expand Personal > Certificates > Choose the certificate and delete it. Do the same for Trusted People.

3. After that, reboot the computer to take effect.

Way 2: Back up now

If you just created encrypted files and folders, just click Back up now (recommended) on the window to protect your file encryption certificate and key.


Compared with BitLocker Drive Encryption, it’s easier to perform Windows 7 backup encryption with AOMEI Backupper Professional. Protect your important data without affecting other files.

Furthermore, AOMEI Backupper could help you upgrade HDD to SSD to transfer everything, including Windows OS, applications, settings, personal files, etc. If you want to backup files in real time, please try Real-Time Sync, and backup computer to CD in Windows 7, restore Windows 10 system image backup to different computer. With these useful functions you don't have to worry about the security of your data anymore!

If you are running Windows servers, and want to do Windows Server backup encryption, just try the AOMEI Backupper Server.