How to Make Full Use of Windows 10 Backup Utility?

May 22, 2017

File History-One of Window 10 backup utilities can help you do all the backup and restore progress regularly and prevent you from suffering data loss.

Windows 10 backup tool-File History

File history was first introduced in Windows 8 and continues to be the primary built-in backup solution in Windows 10. It was designed to back up important folders in your user folder By default, including Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, and parts of the AppData folder. Of course, you can exclude folders you don’t want to back up and add folders from your computer that you do want to back up. It not only regularly backs up files, but also retains previous versions of files that you can easily restore. Although File History has many advantages, it still has some disadvantages. For example, the File History doesn’t create a full backup of your entire PC. Take it easy. It’s very luckily that Microsoft also includes the old Windows 7 Backup and Restore in both Windows 8 and 10 which allows you to make a full image-based backup.

What Are the Windows 10 Backup Options?

In file history, you can choose many useful options including Backup these folders, Exclude these folders, Stop using drive. I will introduce them below.

Backup these Folders

Under Backup these Folders, You can see all the folders you add before. If you want to backup your new folders, click “Add a folder” option and choose any folder on your computer. If you don’t want to backup certain folders, subsequently click the folder >Remove, then the folder will disappear.

Exclude these Folders

Under the Exclude these folders, you can see “Add a folder” option. If you want to exclude some specified folders or subfolders, click it and select one. Then there will be a folder or subfolder you select.

Back up to A Different Drive

Under back up to a different drive, you can see “Stop using drive” option. This allows you to stop backing up to your current drive and start backing up to a new one. The backups won’t be deleted, but Windows can only be able to back up to one drive at once.

How to Back up Files by File History?

Step 1: Connecting an external hard drive to your computer and then subsequently click Start menu>Setting> Update & Security > Backup.

Step 2: Click “Add a drive” option under Back up using File History to add an external drive. You can choose any available external drives to backup your files. Then “Automatically back up my files” will appear and turn green.


Step 3: Click Backup options and enter a new interface. In the new interface, you can click Back up now if you want to back your files immediately.

Backup Options


1. After ” Automatically back up my files” option will appear and automatically turn blue, the File History will automatically back up your files whenever you connect the drive to your computer.

2. File History will automatically back up your files every hour by default, but you can select a different time here.

3. File History will keep your backups forever by default, but you can delete them manually or set up an automatically deleting task to free adequate space so that the computer can work properly.

How to Back up System by AOMEI Backupper?

From above, we can clearly see that the File History is designed to back up the important folders in your user folder. Unfortunately, it cannot make System Backup . Of course, the win 7 Backup and Restore can make up. However, it’s still not a preference selection. The biggest disadvantage is you cannot restore the backup to a different computer. A third party tool AOMEI Backupper can restore the system backup by Universal Backup. Now, come to our point-System Backup.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and enjoy it. After entering the main page, click Backup on the left panel and you will see System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup etc, then select System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2: In this window, AOMEI Backupper has automatically selected C: drive for you. If you don’t want to back up to the original location, just click Step 2 to select another location. After all sets, click Start Backup to continue your operation.

System Backup Option

Step 3: This is the last step of System Backup. All you need to do is waiting for a few minutes and click Finish after all the operations end.

System Backup Progress

Two Methods to Restore Files in Windows 10

How to Restore Files from Your Backup?

It’s a common sense that the reason why we back up files is to restore it when something unexpected happens, including virus, hacker, hardware failure etc. Now, continue to see the detail steps.

Step 1: Subsequently click Setting>Update & security >Backup> More options, then scroll down to the bottom of the window and select “Restore files from a current backup”.

Restore Files from A Current Backup

Step 2: After doing above operations, you would enter a new interface. In this interface, you can see all the backups, select the one (eg: desktop)you want to restore and click the green button with an arrow.

Select One Backup

Step 3: After clicking the green button with an arrow, you will enter a new interface, choose one method to restore your folders.

Restore Methods

Step 4: Now, Just wait. After all restoration operations finish, the file history will take you to the location you restore your files.



If you have created file history backups on another computer, just set up File History on the new computer and select the drive containing your old File History backups. Then you can see these backups in the Restore Files interface, then you can restore files you need.

How to Restore Files From Within File Explorer

You can also quickly restore a previous version of a file from File Explorer.

Step 1: Click Start menu, and type File Explorer in the search Box, then select and open it.

File Explorer

Step 2: In this interface, you can preview all available previous versions of file history backups. Then select one(eg: desktop) and right click the mouse, then select Restore Previous Versions.

Restore to Previous Versions

Step 3: After that, you will enter a new interface and select restore.

New Interface

Step 3: Just wait. After all operations finish, it will automatically turn to the location you restore your files. To ensure the data is complete, you could open the folder(eg: desktop) you restore and check it.


Besides above method, you can also select Properties to restore previous versions.


Windows 10 backup utility is an essential tool for you to prevent from data loss. But, it cannot satisfy the need of high-tech talents who want to get more advanced functions, such as Incremental backup, Differential backup, Universal Restore etc. So a professional backup software like AOMEI Backupper will be needed.