How to Backup & Restore Windows 7

Backup and Restore console

This helps us to copy and preserve the files to cope with failures. There are several destinations where you can save the files. Two supports for taking backup are ‘System image backup’ and ‘Files and folders’ backup.

  1. System image backup: It backs up the entire volume to a .VHD disk image. This backup helps you to restore your computer settings and all the running applications quickly. Windows image backup folder is created in the root of the backup media. System image backup creates the following files:
    1. A media ID file in the folder to identify the disk image.
    2. Global catalog and Backup global catalog files in the catalog folder to track the backup image versions.
    3. Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) files in the backup folder that has configuration settings for the backup file.
    4. Files and folders: In this type you can store files and documents to compressed (.zip) files. They do not provide back up to system files, program files, encrypting file system or user profile settings. Files and folder backup can be backed up to either local media or shared folder on the network.

System recovery options

The system recovery options contain several tools that can help you recover your operating system from a serious error. This set of tools is present on the computer’s hard disk and on the windows installation disc. There are following options in system recovery:

  1. Start up repair. This automatically fixes the problem that prevents the windows from starting.
  2. System Restore. System restore provides another method of starting system restore to a previous system restore point.
  3. System image recovery. IT allows you to implement a System Image restore. You can use this tool if system changes are causing problems.
  4. Windows Memory Diagnostic. This analyses memory of the computer for hardware problems.
  5. Command Prompt. It gives access to the file system, volumes, and files through a command line interface.

Configuring Files and folders backup

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Control panel’ – ‘System and security’.
  2. In the ‘Backup and Restore’ windows, click ‘Change settings’.
  3. Select a destination where you would like to take backup. Click ‘Next’. On the ‘Setup backup’ page, select ‘Let me choose’. Click ‘Next’.
  4. Select he files which you want to backup, Click ‘Next’.
  5. On the ‘Review your backup settings’ page, Click ‘Change Schedule.
  6. The ‘How often do you want to backup’ wizard appears. Select ‘How often’ you want the backup to be taken, ‘What day’ you have to take backup, and ‘What time’ you want to take backup.
  7. Click ‘Ok’. Review your backup settings. If everything is alright, click ‘Save the settings and exit’.

Create a System Repair Disc

  1. Click ‘Start’ –‘Control panel’ – ‘System and security’ – ‘Backup and restore’.
  2. From the left pane, click ‘Create a system repair disc’.
  3. Insert a blank DVD ROM inside the computer. Click ‘Create disc’.
  4. ‘Creating a system repair disc’ dialogue box appears. Click ‘Close’.

Creating a system restore point

  1. Right click on ‘Computer’; select ‘Properties’.
  2. In the left pane select ‘System protection’ – click on ‘Create’ button.
  3. Give a specific name to the restore point, click ‘Create’. A system restore point is created.

Performing system restore

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Control panel’ – ‘System and security’ – ‘Action centre’.
  2. Click ‘Recover’.  Click ‘open system restore’. Click ‘Next’.
  3. Select the restore point and click ‘Next’. Click ‘Finish’.
  4. It will display a message ‘Once started the system restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue?’
  5. Click ‘Yes’. Click ‘Close’ after the system is restored.