By Delia / Last Updated October 29, 2020

Advantages of schedule backup at Windows 10/8/7 shutdown

Windows is the most commonly used operating system by far. It's truly powerful, but also prone to problems especially after some operations such as upgrading system or installing programs. You may encounter a computer failure without warning, or even suddenly not be able to boot.

To avoid this situation, it’s necessary to create Windows restore points ever and again - automatically backup Windows 10/8/7 on system shutdown or startup is a reasonable and convenient way. After all, many people struggle to maintain the habit of manually backing up on regular basis, why not let it run on its own?

Backup Windows 10 Shutdown

You can of course set up a schedule backup based on time. But here’s the truth: system failures that cause data loss often occur at computer shutdown. Therefore, it’s best to perform backup after finishing operation on the computer and before its shutdown.

However, you can hardly create such backup schedule with a fixed time. It would be much more efficient if the backup task runs automatically every time you shut down the computer. As thus you can always keep the newest data safe with automatic incremental backup, and when there’s a serious problem with the computer, you can easily restore it to the latest image in normal state.

How to automatically backup Windows 10/8/7 at shutdown?

You’ve probably known the two basic backup modes in Windows 10: File History and Backup and Restore (Windows 7). You can find them both by clicking Start > Settings > Update & Security > Backup, and there are some differences between them.

The former is mainly designed for your personal files, and the latter enables you to create a system image. Either way you choose, you can set up a schedule to perform backup automatically, but only based on time, like daily, every 10 hours, every hour, etc., not event.

Furthermore, although automatic backup is convenient, your computer is likely to run out of capacity as more and more backup images accumulated. Windows do provides solution for this, which is to keep only the latest system image or delete backup files when it reaches to the maximum disk space used for system protection. But to be honest, it’s not flexible enough for me.

Built In Backup Windows 10

To perform automatic backup at Windows 10 shutdown or startup, I prefer to use a software that is easy to operate and rich in functions - AOMEI Backupper, for instance.

There are several editions designed for different user groups, and the cost-effective one, AOMEI Backupper Professional already covers all the functions I talked about in this post.

It’s a professional backup and restore software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, which allows you to perform automatic full backup, incremental backup or differential backup triggered by different events including system shutdown and startup.

No matter you want to backup personal files, operation system, or the entire disk, you can enjoy these flexible schedule options and back up the image files to various destinations such as external drive, USB, NAS, cloud drive and so on. If your computer has limited capacity, it’s also available to set up your own rules for automatically deleting older backups.

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Despite it has so many feature, the operation of AOMEI Backupper Professional is still simple and quick. After creating a set and forget scheduled task to automatically backup Windows 10 on system shutdown, you don't have to worry about the rest.

Now I'll show you the basic workflow of it.

Easy way to schedule backup at Windows 10/8/7 shutdown

1. Launch the software, select Backup and click on System Backup.

System Backup

2. The source data is automatically specified, you just need to select the destination.

To better protect the system image from accidental mistakes, you can backup it to removable devices, cloud drives or NAS.

Select Path

3. Click Schedule to make your choice of automatic plans. Here you can select Event triggers and choose System shutdown as the event type.

Optionally, you can make use of those time-based options, choose other event types, or choose USB plug-in to perform automatic backup when USB device detected.

Event Triggers System Shutdown

4. Click Scheme and Enable Backup Scheme, then set up a rule to automatically delete older backups according to your own situation.

Backup Scheme

5. Tap Start Backup button, and click Finish when it ends.

Start Backup

6. To perform system restore, go to Restore tab, locate the system image in normal state and click Start Restore to get started.

Preview Restore

Related tips:

● In backup Options, you can write a comment, compress or split backup images, enable email notifications, encrypt backups and so on.

● A scheduled backup is incremental backup by default, if you want to perform automatic full backup or differential backup instead, you can switch to Advanced tab in Schedule Settings to make your choice.

● If you turn the computer on and off multiple times a day yet don't want to save too many system backups, you can tick Run one time everyday in Schedule Settings.

● You can also create a bootable media in case your computer fails to boot due to system errors. Thus when problem occurs, you can use the media to boot the computer to Windows PE and then restore it to a previously backed up system image.


To better protect your system and restore it to normal state in the event of failure, it’s a good way to automatically backup Windows 10/8/7 at system shutdown or other events, thus you can easily fix system errors when needed. AOMEI Backupper is such a utility software that offers you various plans and options to perform scheduled backup flexibly. You can also set up your own scheme to auto delete older backups.

Beyond that, it also allows you to automatically sync files from local to cloud drive, or even between two computers. If you are a Windows Server user, there's also an Server edition for automatic server backup or sync.