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Why need to backup Windows 7?

Backing up computer system is an important part of keeping the data on computer. Since Windows 7 is still a widely used system, it should be regularly backed up. Many problems can cause system crash, such as corrupted system registry files, malicious software, and hardware failure.

Besides system, you should also consider backing up your personal data including audios, videos, texts, graphics and even applications regularly. You may backup Windows 7 to network drive, external hard drive or other offsite locations.

A backup is something computer users can rely on. Nobody knows when the computer would encounter hardware failure or system crash. If you are using Windows 7 Professional or above, you can use the built-in Windows 7 Backup and Restore to backup to a mapped network drive. If you are using Windows Home or whatever Windows operating system, you can use free backup software to do the same.

Advantages of backing up to network drive

Compared with USB flash disk, network drive has some advantages. Say, users can download files from another computer as long as they have been uploaded via network drive. Another example, in case of sharing a file with friends, USB flash drive requires handing on from person to person, while network drive can effectively avoid this defect.

What’s more, image files kept on network drive can survive from computer errors. As long as there is network connection, network drive can play a role to the greatest extent.

Windows 7 backup to network drive with Backup and Restore

Windows Backup and Restore is built-in backup software with concise GUI to help you backup Windows 7 Professional to network drive or the advance version. It will include the operating system, boot-related partitions, installed programs and personal data on the system partition. If you prefer command prompt, you can also use WBAdmin start backup command to backup to network shared location.

To set up a backup with Windows 7 Backup and Restore

1. You can open Backup and Restore from Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore.

2. Click on Set up backup command link to start the Windows Backup Wizard, which will guide you through the whole backup process.

Set up Backup

3. When you are prompted to select where you want to save the backup, click Save on a network and enter your network drive address on the next screen.

Windows 7 Backup to Network Drive

4. The next screen will ask you to select what you want to backup. You can simply select Let Windows choose if you do not want to manually select the backup items.

Select Backup Data

5. By default, Windows Backup will create a schedule to run this backup automatically. You can modify the scheduled time or turn off the schedule. After that, click Save settings and run backup.

Review Backup Settings

If you want a more flexible way to set up scheduled backup, you can also backup files using Task Scheduler, which is a snap-in tool for managing scheduled tasks.

As mentioned, in Windows 7 Home, you will not see the option “Save on a network”. In that case, you can either upgrade your Windows to Windows 7 Ultimate or use third party software to backup Windows 7 Home or Professional to network drive.

Windows 7 network drive backup via free backup software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free network backup software that is much easier, safer and faster to use. It is designed for average users and provides basic functions such as system/files/folders/disk/partition backup, system/files/disk/partition restore, disk/partition clone as well as some other features like bootable rescue media creator.

Best solution to backup Windows 7 to network drive

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard. Install and run it. Click Backup in the main interface. Then choose System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2. You need no operation to select source data because AOMEI Backupper has automatically chosen partition C and system related partitions for users. Click the second bar to select another location as the destination path.

Select Destination Path

Step 3. A smaller window pops-up. This time click Share/NAS to specify the target network.


Step 4. Click Add Network Location. Now fill in the blanks with accurate information. If the target network is encrypted, users should input the Username and Password altogether.

Add Network Location

Step 5. Choose a folder on the network drive to store the backup image. Then, click Start Backup and wait for the success.

Start Backup

Tips: If you want to automatically backup Windows 7 to network drive, you can just click Schedule to configure the schedule settings. All the scheduled backups can be performed as full, incremental or differential backups.


There are two methods offered in this article to help you backup Windows 7 to network drive. Backing up Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper is a wise choice because it is very easy to use even for a green hand, and it is compatible with all editions of Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Besides backing up to network drive, AOMEI Backupper also has other features that can satisfy users’ various needs. You can use it to replace C drive with an SSD. It's a good backup assistant that deserves to be recommended.