By Lena / Last Updated July 1, 2020

The need to learn backup options of Windows 10

We will never know when the computer will go awry. Various problems occur now and then among Windows 10 users, like unexpected data loss or system crashes. We cannot avoid such annoying issues, but we can make a backup in advance to help us get out of trouble quickly.

Here in this guide, we will introduce you three Windows 10 backup options. No matter you want to backup Windows 10 system or your personal files, you can find the exact method. Let’s get it on.

Top 3 Windows 10 backup options

Method 1. Backup Windows 10 with Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Windows 10 follows Backup and Restore in Windows 7 and you can find it in Control Panel. You can create Windows 10 system image with this utility. An image backup copies everything on your drive, including the Windows 10 installation, settings, programs and your files.

When the system is not working normally, you can enable Windows 10 system restore to restore your Windows as well as your programs and your configurations. You don’t need to reinstall the system which is time-consuming. Check the steps below to see how to create a system image in Windows 10.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel and click System and Security.

Step 2. Click Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 3. Click Create a system image in the left pane.

Create A System Image

Note: There’s one option named “Set up backup”. You can also click it to create a system image. On this occasion, you can add other files that you want to backup besides the system.

Step 4. Choose the destination to save the backup and click Next.

Step 5. The drives that are required for Windows to run will be included by default. You can select the others drives that you want to backup. Click Next to continue.

Step 6. Check the backup settings and click Start backup to confirm.

Confirm Backup Settings

It may take some time to finish the backup and you can continue to work during the process. When the process completes, you will be asked if you want to create a system repair disc that can help to boot your computer. If your computer has an optical drive, you can click Yes to make it. If not, you can also create Windows 10 recovery disk with your USB flash drive.

Method 2. Backup Windows 10 files with File History

File History was first introduced in Windows 8. It’s now the primary built-in Windows 10 backup utility which focuses on backing up your personal files. It will backup important folders in your User folder to an external hard drive. You can also backup other folders from elsewhere on your computer.

If you accidentally delete a file/folder, you can perform Windows 10 File History restore to recover the file/folder. The following are the steps to backup your Windows 10 files with File History.

Step 1. Click the Start menu and go to Settings app and choose Update & Security > Click Backup.

Step 2. Click the “+” next to Add a drive and choose your external hard drive.

Step 3. The Automatically back up my files option will appear.

Step 4. By default, File History will backup the folders in the User folder and backup them every hour. You can click More options to access Backup options screen where you can set how often File History backups up your files, how long versions are saved and add other folders that need to be backed up.

Click More Options

Step 5. If you are ready to make a backup, you can click Back up now under the Overview. If you want to backup to another drive, just click Stop using drive option to make it. The previous backup will not be deleted, but it can only backup to one drive at once.


Some users have reported that they meet the Windows 10 Backup options crash problem. When clicking More options, the settings window just closes a few seconds after coming up. If you meet this problem, you can try the following methods to fix it.

1. Restart your computer.

2. Switch the Automatically backup my files from Off to On.

3. The Windows 10 Backup options crash issue may occur if some system files are corrupt. You can perform the system maintenance troubleshoot or System File Checker to resolve the problem.

  • To perform the system maintenance troubleshoot: Go to search box and type Troubleshooting and click Troubleshooting when it appears > Click System and Security > System Maintenance > Click Next and follow the prompts to run the troubleshooter.

  • To perform System File Checker: Right-click Start menu > Choose Command Prompt (Admin) > Type “sfc/scannow” and hit Enter.

Still meet the Windows 10 backup more options crashes problem? Maybe you can go to the next part to learn another easy way to help you backup your Windows 10 computer.

Method 3. Backup Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one powerful backup & restore tool which offers different kinds of backup options to keep your data safe.

1. It offers 4 backup solutions: system backup, disk backup, partition backup, and file backup. Meet all your needs in computer backup.

2. It supports schedule backup. You can set a custom scheduled task for the backup. Then it will automatically perform the backup daily/weekly/monthly.

3. It allows you to save the backup to various destinations, including the disk hard drive, the USB flash drive or a network share.

Next, we will show you how to backup Windows 10 system with AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Free download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Backup and then choose System Backup option.

System Backup

Step 3. Partitions released to the system to boot are listed automatically > You just need to select the backup path > Click Schedule to make a backup everyday/weekly/monthly as per your need > Finally, click Start Backup to confirm.

Start Backup Scheduled


1. Click Options to set the compression level or enable email notification.

2. To better manage the backup files, AOMEI Backupper Professional offers Scheme option which can help remove old backup images automatically to free up the storage space. If you are interested in, you can get the free trial version to explore it by yourself.


Now you know 3 Windows 10 backup options. The Backup and Restore utility helps you create a system image as well as make a backup for your files. The File History lets you backup personal files. And the AOMEI Backupper can help you backup your system as well as disk, partition or selected files. If you want a comprehensive backup tool, then AOMEI Backupper can be your best choice.