How to backup windows 10
For the new Windows 11 operating system that will be released soon, it is always possible to encounter unknown bugs, compatibility issues and incomplete features, which can have a negative impact on the performance of the computer. For example, when you want to install Windows 11 on your computer, it suddenly shows the error message “Windows Cannot Be Installed to This Disk MBR”. What should you do?
If you encounter problems when using the latest version of Windows 11 or don’t like the features of the new system, Windows 10 backup can help you solve these problems easily. You can roll back the computer to the stable version of Windows 10 with the backup. Well, how to backup Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11? Three solutions are provided below.
2 solutions to backup Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11
Solution 1: Backup files before upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 via File History
File History will automatically create incremental backups of files stored in Libraries to a different storage device like an external hard drive or network share. In order to prevent you from data loss after upgrading the system, it is recommended to backup files in Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11 to an external disk. To backup up files via File History in Windows 10, the steps are as follows. If you want to back up system, go to solution 2.
- Connect an external hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
- Open Settings from the start menu. Then choose Update & Security -> Backup.
- In the backup window, click “+ Add a drive” button and select the prepared external hard drive.
- Then, you will see an on/off button under a new link “Automatically back up my files“. Turn on it and click More options to configure how often File History backs up, how long it keeps those saved versions and choose the folders you want to back up.
- After that, click Back up now at the top location and start your file backup.
Solution 2: Backup system before moving to Windows 11 through Backup and Restore
Backup and Restore allows users to create system image backups as well as file/folder backups. It enables you to backup system in Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11. If you don’t like the features of the new system after using Windows 11 for a few months, you can use this backup to restore to the previous Windows 10. Backup and Restore supports backing up to both internal or external hard drives and also the network location. The steps of creating a system image backup through Backup and Restore are as follows.
- Type Control Panel in the search box and click it. Click Backup and Restore (Windows 7) under System and Security.
- In the left panel, click Create a system image. Then, it will start to scan your storage device and list all of them.
- Then, you will be asked to choose a destination to save your backup. Select On a hard disk, choose a disk from drop-down menu, and click “Next“.
- The drives that are required for Windows to run are selected by default. You can add other drives to be backed up and click Next.
- Confirm your backup settings and click “Start Backup“.
After you have created a system backup, you will be asked to create a system repair disc, please do so if you don’t have a bootable media. This method requires a CD/DVD disc. If you don’t have any of them, you can use USB to create Windows 10/11 recovery drive
Windows 10 must be backed up before upgrading to Windows 11. Although the two tools that Windows comes with can help you back up your system or files, many users have reported that they have many problems using them. Like Windows 10 backup tools not working, file history drive is disconnected, etc.
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