By Jessie / Last update June 22, 2022

About Windows 11 Backup and Restore

With the release of Windows 11, many users have downloaded and installed it. After upgrading to the new operating system, besides some new features and graphical interface, including centered Start menu, taskbar, rounded corners windows, etc, users are also very interested in the changes of the built-in tool Backup and Restore in Windows 11.

Backup And Restore In Windows 11

Windows 11 still has the Backup and Restore feature, you can use it to backup your new Windows system or other important files. If there is a problem with your system or file, you can use the backup to restore it.

However, it is worth noting that the entrance to the Backup and Restore in Windows 11 has changed, the original entrance has been removed and replaced by the OneDrive backup feature.

In Windows 10, you can access the Windows 10 backup software - Backup & Restore from Settings > Update & Security > Backup > Backup and Restore (Windows 7). 

And in Windows 11, you can follow 2 paths, that is Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) or you can go to Settings > System > Storage > Advanced Storage options > Backup options, then scroll down to Looking for an older backup and select Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

How to Backup Files with Windows 11 Backup and Restore

If you want to backup your files with Windows 11 Backup and Restore, you can follow the graphic tutorial below.

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

Backup Restore Win 11

Step 2. Select the Set up backup option under the Backup section.

Set Up Backup

Step 3. If prompted, enter your admin password.

Step 4. Select your Backup Drive and click Next.

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Select Let Windows Choose option and click Next. It will backup files about users, such as files saved in libraries, on the desktop, and default Windows folders.

Let Windows Choose

✡ Note: You can choose the second option to select libraries and folders and whether to include a system image in the backup. The items you choose will be backed up on a regular schedule.

Step 6. Click Save settings and run backup button.

Change Schedule

✡ Note: By default, it will automatically backup files at every Sunday 7:00 PM, but you can change this setting to suit your needs by clicking Change Schedule.

How to Backup Files with Windows 11 File History

Step 1. Connect an external hard drive to your computer first. Next, navigate to System > Storage > Advanced storage settings > Backup Options. Then click  Add a drive option under Back up using File History.

Add A Drive

Step 2. Click “on” under the“Automatically back up my files”option.

Automatically Back Up My Files

Step 3. Select “More options” to configure how often File History backs up, how long it keeps those backup copies, and which files it backs up.

▶ Back up my files: By default, File History backs up your files every hour, but you can change this setting. You have the different options of doing it from 10 minutes to 24 hours.

▶ Keep my backups: It is set to keep backups forever by default, but you can change this setting to keep them from one month to two years before deleting them.

▶ Back up these folders: You can view the full list of folders in this window and add more folders  you want to backup by selecting "Add Folder". You can also choose a folder here and use the "Delete" button to prevent Windows from backing it up.

Backup These Folders

Step 4. When you’re done, save and exit. Then click Back up now. Windows 11 will automatically backup your files to the drive when you connect it to your computer.

Windows 11 Backup and Restore Alternative Tool to Backup Files

Backup and Restore, as a popular built-in tool, can basically satisfy users' backup and restore needs. However, it still has some drawbacks, such as it doesn't support differential backup. To avoid these problems, you can choose a more professional and secure alternative tool, such as AOMEI Backupper Standard to help you backup Windows 11. It provides 4 backup solutions including System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup, so you can backup anything and restore it easily. It has the following advantages.

  • It provides three backup methods, namely incremental backup, differential backup and full backup. Incremental backup can help you save target disk space while keeping your backups up-to-date.
  • It supports schedule backup, and you can choose the frequency of daily, weekly or monthly.
  • It provides different backup modes (intelligent sector backup or exact backup) and various compression levels (high/normal/low).
  • You can write comments to your backups and set up email notifications.
  • It supports multiple storage devices, such as USB, HDD, SSD, etc.
  • It has good compatibility with operating systems (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11, XP, Vista, etc.)

Now you can follow the steps below to backup your Windows 11.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch the software. Select Backup” > “File Backup”.

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File Backup

Step 2. Click “Add File” or “Add Folder”, then select the files or folders to be backed up.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Choose the destination for your backup.

Select Destination

Step 4. Click Start Backup” to execute this backup task with Windows 11 backup software.

Start Backup

✾ Options: 
It allows you to compress or split an image file and enable email notification.
✾ Schedule: It supports setting a backup task to run automatically at fixed intervals, such as daily, weekly, and monthly.
✾ Scheme: It will delete old backups automatically to save target disk space. And this feature is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher versions.


This article introduces you the difference of Windows 11 backup and restore features as well as how to use the built-in tools Windows 11 “Backup and Restore” or “File History” to backup files. You can choose any of them to help you to backup files.

Besides, you can use a free and professional file backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to help you. It can backup anything and restore it easily. What's more, if you need to restore your system to a computer with different hardware, its Universal Restore function in the professional edition can also help you to do it easily.

In addition, it is also a free SSD migration tool so that you can migrate your operating system simply to SSD. You can download AOMEI Backupper to explore more useful functions.