Hi.  Eric Murcia here with another episode of Tech Tip Tuesday.  Today I’m going to be showing you how to backup your computer very, very easily using Windows 10’s built-in backup feature.  The same things can be done on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 as well, but today we’re going to be looking at Windows 10.

Why Make Backups

Why you would want to do this, whether it’s your personal or whether it’s a business computer, more often than not is that users don’t have a backup solution in place.  Or the I.T. department backs up all the servers, but they don’t back up individual computers.  Then you’re working on a file real late one night, or you take your laptop home with you, you forget to save it to the server or the file share.  Then you accidentally delete it or lose it, rename it, or something like that, and you can’t find it.

This is also very useful if your computer becomes infected.  Sure, someone can rebuild it for you, and get it up and going again.  You may have had files in there that you really wanted to keep.

How to Enable Windows Backup

This is real simple.  All it requires is an external drive.  It doesn’t have to be anything very large.  Although external hard drives are so cheap these days, it doesn’t make sense not to have something that has a good bit of space on it.  We’re going to start by simply coming down here and clicking on your start button and typing in “backup”.  We click on where it says “Backup Settings”.  It brings this backup window up (see image).  We’re literally just going to click that button and toggle it to “On”.

Now I already have an external drive plugged into this computer.  It’s detected that.  If we click on “More options” here, you’re going to see where it’s already pulled my external drive.  I gave it a very small drive just for demonstration purposes, but it’s already picked that up, and it’s using that to back up.

San Antonio Windows Backup Settings

Modifying Windows Backup Settings

Theres a couple of things that we can configure in here.  We can set it for every hour, every 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or however you want.  Then you can set a retention on it: how long you want it to keep those backups that are running.

By default it’s going to pick all the appropriate folders that you would have things like pictures, Word documents, and Excel files in.  You can always click here and add additional folders if you would like.  And you can even exclude certain folders if they have things like music that you don’t want to backup because it comes from the cloud.  You don’t want to use space for that.

If you wanted to change drives and go to a different drive, you can click on “Stop using drive”, and it will allow you to select a different backup drive there as well.

Your Files are Safe!

That is literally all there is to setting up your home computer or your personal business computer for backups, and taking the extra step to protect yourself in case something were to happen to your computer.  That’s all I have for you this week, and next week we’re going to look at a couple of other different kind of spins on how to also protect your data as well.  They’re a little bit different than backups, and a little bit faster than restoring from a backup.  Until then, I will talk to you next week.

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