You should regularly backup your computer if you don’t want to lose important files and system settings that may result from a sudden mishap.
While there are various third-party applications like Google Drive and One Drive, that you can use to backup your files. This is not effective against accidents that may leads to OS damage. To prepare against such a scenario, you need a complete backup of your Windows 10 Computer.
A recommended way to do this is to use the inbuilt Windows backup tool. This guide walks you through the process of backing up your Windows 10 Computer with Windows backup tool for free.
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How to Backup your Computer with Windows Backup Tool
First, you need to insert the external drive to use in backing up your computer. Next, go to the Windows Start menu and enter “Backup settings” into the Search bar. Then select Backup Settings.
Under “Backup”, click on More Options.
Next, click on See advanced settings.
What we wanted to create is a System Image Backup, which is a clone of your entire computer system. You can locate this option from the lower left corner of your screen. Click on it to continue.
Next, select the “Create a System Image” option.
This option allows you to create a replica of your system settings, applications and files. On the next screen, you will need to select where you want to save the backup. You can do this on an external hard drive, on one or more DVDs and on a network location.
You should select your choice, then click on the “Next” button.
Next, you are required to select disk partitions to be included in your backup. You may leave the pre-selected options checked, then click on the “Next” button.
On the next screen, you will need to confirm that you have selected the right backup location. Then click in the “Confirm Backup” button to continue.
Your Windows backup should begin immediately. This can take some time to complete.
Once the backup is completed, you will be asked if you want to create a System restore image. You may select “Yes” if you don’t have a system restore image on another drive. And you may select “No” if you wish to skip that option.
You can always locate your system backup from the drive that it was saved to.
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I hope you find this guide helpful. Kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.