How to Auto Backup Windows 11/10/8/7 on System Shutdown

If you want to automatically backup Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 on system shutdown or startup instead of time basis, you can try this way to set up a schedule triggered by events.


by Delia Updated on October 18, 2022

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Why scheduled backup system at Windows shutdown

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

To avoid such situations, one effective solution is to create Windows restore points regularly by setting up a time-based schedule backup. 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.

Backup Windows 10 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 the 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.

Best way to schedule Windows 10 backup based on events

There are 2 basic backup utilities in Windows 10: File History and Backup and Restore. The former is mainly designed for user folders, and the latter enables you to create a system image.

Both of them are located in Start > Settings > Update & Security > Backup, and you can easily set up a schedule (like daily, every 10 hours, every hour, etc.) to automate the backup operation. However, none of them can automatically back up Windows 11/10/8/7 on system shutdown or startup.

Also, you may find your space is gradually filling up with accumulated backups images. Though Windows can keep only the latest system image, it still lacks a customizable retention strategy.

Built In Backup Windows 10

So to perform automatic backup at Windows 10 shutdown or startup, it would be better to choose a powerful backup program with event-based schedule options - AOMEI Backupper, for instance. It has several editions for different user groups, and the cost-effective AOMEI Backupper Professional covers all the functions I talked about above.

It works with Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista, allowing you to create incremental backup on a time basis (daily, weekly, monthly), or triggered by different events including system shutdown and startup. 

Whether it's files, folders, OS, volumes, or the entire disk, you can enjoy the flexible schedule options and back up the data to destinations such as internal/external drive, USB, NAS, cloud drive, etc. If your computer has limited capacity, you can also set up a scheme to auto delete old backup images, or choose a higher compression level.

Here's a free trial for you to try out:

Download Free Trial Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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(PS: The free-trail version of AOMEI Backupper can only used within 30 days, to protect files continuously, it's suggested to upgrade pro trial. 10% off for one computer.)

Auto backup Windows 10 on system shutdown (step-by-step)

With all these features, the operation of AOMEI Backupper Professional is still simple and quick. After creating a set and forget scheduled task to auto backup Windows 10 on system shutdown, you don't have to worry about the rest.

Now I'll show you its basic workflow.

Easy way to schedule backup at Windows 11/10/8/7 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 Backup to make your choice of automatic plans. First, Enable Schedule Backup, then you can choose Event triggers and select 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. Go to Backup Scheme and Enable Automatic Backup Cleanup, then set up a rule to automatically delete older backups according to your own situation.

A scheduled backup is incremental backup by default, if you want to perform automatic full backup or differential backup instead, you can choose them under the Backup Method here.

Backup Scheme

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

Start Backup

To perform system restore, just go to Restore tab, locate the system image in normal state and click Start Restore. To restore image to multiple computers, try image deploy tool in the technician or techplus edition.

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.
  • You can also create a bootable media or recovery environment in case the PC fails to boot. Thus when system problem occurs, you can use the media to boot the computer to Windows PE and then restore it to a previous system image.
  • AB Pro also enables you to restore system image to different hardware with secure boot. It will check the Universal Restore option if you use the backup image on a computer with different hardware.


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.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.