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What is Windows backup?

Talked about very often in information technology, Windows backup refers to the copying and archiving of computer data. You may backup data that is important for you, such as personal files, programs or even the operating system. In general, Windows backup has two distinct purposes: one is to recover data from an earlier time; the other is to restore data after its loss or corruption.

Windows Backup

Why do we need a reliable Windows backup utility?

Firstly, data loss is a quite common experience for computer users. Once, a survey indicated that almost 66% computer users had encountered the condition of losing files on their home PC. In order not to suffer the great pain and not to destroy the weekends’ pleasure, we should regard backup as one of our most important tasks, especially backing up our system drive and critical information.

Secondly, problems like hardware/software conflict, bad ram, hard disk drive overload and virus attack occur from time to time. With a Windows backup image at hand, we can restore our computer to a normal state again, no need to spend much time reinstalling Windows operating system. That is really convenient!

Lastly, some computers don’t have a Windows backup tool which technically deals with backup & restore, and even though some have, it still can not satisfy all users’ demands. Learn more from Windows 10 File History vs. Backup.

After searching on Google and many forums, we could indeed find plenty of backup software for Windows platform. However, for we home users, the money paid for it is not a small expenditure. We need a tool that can not only meet most users’ needs but also keep a low cost. So what is the best free PC backup software for Windows 11/10/8/7?

Best free Windows backup software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard can be the best Windows 11/10/8/7 backup utility and it’s free of charge! It supports both 32 bit and 64 bit of Windows PC operating systems. There are four types of backup available in AOMEI Backupper which can meet your different needs:

System Backup: backup Windows and create an image of system partition and system-related partition(s).
Disk Backup: backup local disks and external hard drives (HDDs, SSDs, USB flash drives, etc.) to an image file.
Partition Backup: backup dynamic volumes and partitions to an image file.
File Backup: backup specific files or folders to an image file.

What’s more, you can create an automatic backup using the “Schedule” feature. After running full backup for the first time, you can choose incremental or differential backup for the next time, thus saving backup time and storage space taken by the image file. Wanna use this powerful Windows backup software? Please move on to the next part.

How to backup Windows 11/10/8/7 via AOMEI Backupper step by step

Take system backup as an example. Learn how to backup the operating system via AOMEI Backupper in detail:

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. 

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Step 2. Click “Backup” on the left panel and select “System Backup”.

System Backup

Step 3. The required system partition(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the destination path to store the backup files. You can save the system image to the local disk, external hard drive, NAS device or network location.

Select Destination Path

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Backup”.

Start Backup

>> Options: you can enable email notification, choose the compression level for the backup image file and select intelligent sector backup or sector-by-sector backup.
>> Schedule: you can set the backup task to run at fixed intervals.
>> Scheme: the program will delete old backup images automatically based on your settings. It is supported in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher editions.

Tip: To run system restore from boot in case of boot failure, you may create bootable media via AOMEI Backupper in advance.

Learn more about AOMEI Backupper from the following video.

To sum up

AOMEI Backupper is the best free Windows backup software for your Windows PC. If you are running Windows Server 2022/2019/2016, etc., you may turn to Windows Server backup software - AOMEI Backupper Server. Apart from the backup & restore features, AOMEI Backupper is also wonderful cloning software. You can use it to clone an SSD to a larger SSD. Why not give it a try?