Set Windows 10 Backup Encryption to Protect Data Easily

Looking for a way to perform Windows 10 backup encryption? Here you’ll see how to password protect Windows 10 backup easily and efficiently.


by Yuka Updated on November 18, 2022

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Double protection for your priceless data

"I’m using Windows 10 with the latest update. The issue ‘Windows 10 1809 update missing files’ makes me realizing the importance of back up. Everything has a good side, huh? Long story short, I’m already know how to perform Windows 10 backup now, and I need to know if there any way to protect my Windows 10 backups with, encryption for example, because those backups can be easily accessed by someone whom I don’t want them to see. Thanks."

It is a help post on how to set Windows 10 backup encryption to protect his or her data with double protection. In general, preventing unauthorized access from others is the most common reason to perform an encryption. In addition, it is also guarantees your privacy when the backup drive get lost.

Anyway, you may have other reasons on performing backup encryption. However, what count next is to figure out how to do the encrypting easily.

Easiest way to do Windows 10 backup encryption

AOMEI Backupper Professional is complete backup software that offers you a way to password protect Windows 10 backup. The encrypting process is quite simple. In the first place, you set a backup or sync task. Then, you configure the password before executing the task, and done. A password is required every time when someone tries to open the backup.

Up to 64 characters are allowed when you set the password, which improves the complexity of your password and is not that easy to decrypt.

Except for password encryption, you can also do image compressing or choose an efficient backup strategy (including auto delete old backups) to save disk space. What’s more, to help you backup to CD or DVD disc, you are allowed to split backup image with customized size.

Now, you may want to get the 30-Day Free Trial of this powerful software and have a try.

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How to encrypt Windows 10 backup image step by step?

1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Connect the external storage in advance if you’d like to backup Windows 10 to external hard drive.

2. Click Backup and then System Backup.

System Backup

3. Edit the task name if you want to. The system drive is selected by default, and you need to choose the destination path now.

Select Backup Destination

4. Click Options beneath, and you’ll see this pop out window. Check the box before Enable encryption for backups and input your desired passwords. Click OK then.

Backup Settings General

  • You can also choose to backup Windows 10 on a regular basis like daily, weekly, monthly, event-triggers, USB plug in by checking Schedule.

  • You can save disk space with efficient backup strategy by checking Scheme.

5. Click Start Backup to execute the task.


  • You can check if your backup image is encrypted in Home tab after the task completes.

  • You can also do disk backup, file backup, partition/volume backup and file sync with encryption.

  • Above steps also apply to Windows 7 backup encryption since the Professional version supports Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista OS.

  • To perform Windows Server 2012 backup encryption, please refer to AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

Encrypt Windows 10 with built-in tools

Windows 10 provides ways to do encryption. For example, you can encrypt your backup drive with BitLocker. Nevertheless, it is way too complicated and does not been accepted by common users. In detail, you need to create a virtual hard disk (VHD), adjust the VHD size and format, mount virtual drives, enable BitLocker, and then Windows 10 File History encryption. More importantly, the Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition is required.

Another way to do Windows 10 encryption is use Encrypted File System (EFS). It is a good way to encrypt their data in a particular folder or drive. In that way, the folder or drive can be accessible from your Windows account only. You can easily find the option Encrypt contents to secure data in Advanced Attributes. Just check the option. Please refer to this article if you encounter encrypt folder greyed out or Encrypt contents to secure data greyed out in Windows 10.


There are many ways to help you perform Windows 10 backup encryption. However, to get it done with the easiest and most convenient way, AOMEI Backupper Professional is recommended. It is complete and powerful backup solution that will protect your computer from data loss in an easy way.

Apart from data backup, you can also perform system clone with this tool to upgrade hard disk and experience better performance. GPT disk cloning is supported as well.

Yuka · Editor
Yuka, our dedicated editor at AOMEI Technology, is committed to bringing you valuable insights and guidance in data protection. Her mission is to empower everyone with her knowledge in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, and more. Yuka's goal is to do her best to make complex tech tasks simple and ensure that your digital world remains safe and secure.