By Ivy / Last update October 20, 2022


Why you need Windows 10 automatic backup?

Windows 10 is the most popular operating system for now. Many users may have used it for a period of time and accumulated some important data, so backup has become a necessary task to do. 

But while everyone knows the importance of backup, not every user has fostered a backup habit successfully. To avoid data being damaged and decreasing loss, it is suggested to schedule automatic backup in Windows 10, as well as other OS like Windows 11, 8, 7.

In general, there are several merits of performing Windows 10 scheduled backup tasks.

  • Continuous data protection. Windows 10 auto backup helps build constant and effective backup image. If backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, in the event of hard drive failure, system crash, blue screen, virus infection, and similar disasters, all important data can be recovered in a short time.

  • Restore Windows easily. Maybe out of work reasons, maybe system slugging, some users would restore files and settings from backup in Windows 10 frequently. The continuous backup image makes the intention possible and effortless.

In a word, various reasons force users performing Windows scheduled backup possibly. As a result, it is more important to figure out how to complete the task in an easy way.

How to schedule automatic backup in Windows 10 effectively

Three ways on how to create Windows 10 automatic backup tasks will be illustrated below. You can choose one of them according to your situation.

Windows 10 has two built-in tools that can help you set scheduled backup: File History and Backup and Restore (Windows 7). The File History focuses on your personal files which can automatically backup any file that has been changed or added. The Backup and Restore utility will create a system image of the entire system including systems files, applications, files, etc.

Choose File History if you want to schedule file backup and choose Backup and Restore utility if you want to schedule system image backup. However, sometimes you may meet the Windows 10 backup not working problem. In this case, you can use one free third party backup software named AOMEI Backupper Standard to help you make it.

Way 1. Schedule Windows 10 automatic backup via File History

File History is the primary Windows 10 backup software which focuses on backing up your personal files. By default, it will backup all folders in the user account folder (C: /Users/account name) including desktop, documents, pictures, music, downloads, OneDrive, etc. You can also add any other folder elsewhere on your computer.

Steps to set schedued folders backup with File History:

Step 1. Click Start > Click Settings option > choose Update & security > Click Backup.

Step 2. Click the “+” next to Add a drive and choose the drive or network location to store the backup files.

Step 3. Click More options to access Backup options screen where you can set how often File History backs up your files, how long versions are saved and add other folders that need to be backed up.

Click More Options

Step 4. You can click Back up now to perform the backup at once. If you want to backup the folders to another drive, please scroll down to choose Stop using drive. It will not delete the previous backup on that drive, but it can only backup to one drive at once.

Backup Options

How to restore the backup files

If you accidentally delete a file/folder, you can perform Windows 10 File History restore to recover the file/folder. Two methods are available.

1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History > Restore personal files. Browse and find the files you want to restore.

2. To restore a previous version of a file: right-click the file and select Properties and go to the Previous Versions tab > choose a restore point and restore it.

Way 2. Schedule system image backup in Windows 10 with Backup and Restore utility

Windows 10 inherits Backup and Restore in Windows 7 and you can find it in Control Panel. It can help you backup files on your computer. In addition, it can create system image backup that copies everything on your drive. When you meet a serious problem like system crash, the system image backup can help you restore your computer to a previous status that works normally.

Steps to set schedued system image backup with Backup and Restore:

Step 1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 2. Click Set up backup on the right side.

Set Up Backup

Step 3. Choose one drive to save the backup and click Next.

Step 4. Let Windows choose what to backup or decide by you. If you select Let Windows choose, it will save the files saved in libraries, on the desktop as well as create a system image. Or you can choose the files you need by yourself.

Step 5. If you choose Let me choose, please remember to check Include a system image of drives.

Choose Backup Files

Step 6. At Review backup settings window, you’ll see Schedule option. You can keep default settings or click Change schedule to set the scheduled backup task. Then click Save settings and run the backup.

Change Schedule

How to restore a system image

1. To restore certain files or folders, go to the Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) > click the Restore my files button.

2. To restore the system, go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now. And go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options when your computer restarts, and click System image recovery.

Now you know 2 traditional ways to schedule automatic back in Windows 10. Nevertheless, there are some limitations of Windows in-built backup utilities. For example, it fails to compress and encrypt backup images, which may result to insufficient disk space and insecurity. When backing up to network location, only one copy (the latest one) can be saved. You can’t save images to the partition where it is about to back up. Worse, the disk backup feature is missed as well.

Way 3. Better way to schedule automaic backup in Windows 11/10/8/7

It is a wise choice to turn to an alternative tool when the built-in tool cannot satisfy you. Indeed, excellent professional backup software can achieve double result with half the effort in doing Windows 10 scheduled backup.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one of the best free backup & restore software designed for Windows computers. When it comes to scheduled task and automatic backup, the software offers different backup frequencies. In detail, you can create Windows 10 backup based on daily, weekly, or monthly frequency. If you upgrade to higher version, there are also event-trigger backup and real-time file sync at the same time.

As for the backup item, it supports file backup, system backup, disk backup, and even partition backup. It is suggested to use its incremental and differential backup feature to save disk space on the destination while keeping backup up-to-date. AOMEI Backupper offers a way to automatically protect your Windows 10 from different dimension.

Here comes the full guide of creating scheduled backup task in Windows 10. Note that this guide also applies to schedule backup Windows 11, 8, 8.1, 7, XP and Vista.

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1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it to run. Click Backup and then choose one backup task. Here we task System Backup as an example.

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System Backup

2. Edit the task name if needed. The required system files are selected by default. Now you need to choose backup destination path.

Select Destination

3. Click Schedule Backup beneath to set backup frequency. Here you can select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. In Backup Scheme tab, you can select from full backup, incremental backup or differential backup.

Schedule Settings

4. After configuring, click Start Backup to add or run the backup task. You can manage the task under Home tab later.


1. As covered, you need to upgrade to higher edition to enjoy the "Event triggers" and "USB plug in" options in Schedule.

2. Note that no matter which backup type you select, the first copy is a full backup.

3. Options: you can comment the task here. You can also do Windows 10 backup encryption (available in paid versions).

A backup without being tested is no backup at all. After the backup is done, you can check its integrity and explore the backup image with options in Tools tab. To restore a system backup is also quite easy, just go to Home > find the backup task > click more options to access the Restore option. You can also restore to dissimilar hardware by upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition or superior.


In summary, backup is important that’s why Windows gives approaches to do it. And a long term backup will only be more important. Therefore, scheduled backup or automatic backup for Windows 10 is urgent and vital.

As to the way to backup, my recommendation is the last free backup software since it gives better experience while backing up. Further, features are more helpful and practical. You can make a bootable USB drive to do operations without booting Windows. It is also a way to restore Windows system image from boot. Go for it and have a try.