Backup and Restore in Windows 7/8/10
Backup and Restore is a backup utility using Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10 that allows you to create backups to restore your files and Windows operating system, etc. It supports two different types of backup: file backup (saved to ZIP files) and system image (full system backup, including Windows OS, data volumes, saved in a VHD file). By the way, another Windows backup command line utility - WBAdmin could be used in Windows PCs and Servers OS.
How to get access to Backup and Restore in Windows 7/8/10? follow the below instructions to open this Windows backup software: Click Start -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance (or System and Security) -> Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
What does Windows7 Backup and Restore actually backup? In general, the Windows 7 Backup and Restore backup Windows operating system, system settings, individual folders, libraries, and drives that you want to backup to another location, like local disk, external hard drive, CD/DVD, USB flash drive, network locations.
Note: Windows 7 Backup and Restore could not backup the files: program files, files stored in FAT file system, files stored in Recycle Bin, Temporary files on drives smaller than 1 GB.
Today, we are going to introduce you about how to do Windows 7 backup and recovery using Windows 7 Backup and Restore in this article.
How to Create Windows 7 Backup Image?
If you have never used it before, click Set up backup to create a new full backup for your computer; If you created before, you could create another backup, or delete old backups to manage space for your hard disk. To protect your data, we highly recommend that you save the Windows 7 backup image to external hard drive that can hold at least 200GB.
Now, let’s set up a backup to create Windows 7 backup to external hard drive on a regular schedule:
1. Click Set up backup to open Windows Backup.
2. Select an external hard drive to save the Windows 7 backup.
3. Tick Let me choose option, and then hit Next.
4. Choose the files or drives that you want to backup, click Next.
Tip: You could uncheck the Include a system image of drives: (C:) to backup your data files only. The system image could restore your computer if your computer crashes.
5. Review your backup settings and click Save settings and run backup button.
After the backup finished, your destination disk will get a folder named WindowsImageBackup contains the .VHD backup file. Now you could do the Windows 7 restore from backup created here.
Create Windows 7 System Image
If you have tick the Include a system image of drives: (C:) in the above step 4, then you have backed up Windows 7 operating system. Or you have to create a system image for Windows 7:
1. Click Create a system image at the left panel.
2. Select a destination to save the backup, and click Next.
3. Confirm your backup settings, and click Start Backup.
How to Do Windows 7 System Image Restore?
It’s easy to do system image recovery in Windows 7. Please connect the external hard drive contains the Windows 7 system image, then follow the steps to restore:
1. Open Windows 7 Backup and Restore, click Restore my files button.
2. Click Browse for files or Browse for folders and choose the Windows 7 backup image to restore, click Next.
3. Select the destination to restore: In the original location, or In the following location, and then click Restore.
Besides, you could restore windows 7 backup to Windows 10. open Backup and Restore (Windows 7) in Windows 10 computer, then tap the Select another backup to restore files from and choose the Windows 7 image backup file to restore. Furthermore, you can click Browse network location… to choose the Windows 7 backup saved on the network.
Free Windows 7 Backup and Restore Software - AOMEI Backupper
Apart from this Windows built in backup software, another free Windows 7 backup and restore software - AOMEI backupper Standard will help you backup and restore in Windows 7 easily and is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. System backup, disk backup, partition backup, file backup are supported in AOMEI Backupper Standard.
Now please download AOMEI Backupper Standard, and we will guide you through the detailed steps to create Windows 7 system image, including Windows 7 OS, installed programs, settings, drivers, etc:
1. Run AOMEI Backupper Standard after the installation, click Backup -> System Backup.
2. Select a NAS or network location to save the Windows 7 system image file.
3. Tap Start Backup button to create a system image for Windows 7.
After the backup finished, you will get a Windows 7 system image, suffix with .adi, on your destination path. Besides, to manage your hard disk space, AOMEI Backupper Professional provides you with incremental and differential backup to backup the changed and modified files since the last (full) backup. You could restore individual files from the system image, or restore to dissimilar hardware computer.
Enable AOMEI Backupper Recovery Environment
Now, please enable AOMEI Backupper recovery environment to Windows boot option to boot the unbootable computer to restore Windows 7 computer if the system refuse to boot: Tools > Recovery Environment > Tick Enable the boot option of AOMEI Backupper recovery environment > OK.
Windows 7 System Image Restore
To perform system image recovery in Windows 7, please follow the steps:
1. Enter Windows boot menu and choose Enter into AOMEI Backupper. It will bring up the AOMEI Backupper interface.
2. Click Restore > Select Image File to choose Windows 7 system image.
3. Tick Restore this system backup option, and hit Next >>.
4. Press Start Restore >>.
It’s quite easy to restore Windows 7 system image, right? To selective file restore, you could explore the Windows 7 system image and copy and paste to restore individual files.
Compared with Windows 7 Backup and Restore, AOMEI Backupper Standard is more flexible to use and provides you more powerful features to protect your data, like create disk image, upgrade HDD to SSD easily.
Besides, AOMEI Backupper Professional offers system clone feature to migrate Windows 10 to SSD without reinstalling Windows and programs. For server users, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more advanced features, like command line backup/restore/clone, dynamic disk volume clone/backup/restore, RAID backup, etc.