How to Schedule Automatic Backup in Windows 10 Easily?

Posted by @AOMEI

April 11, 2019

A scheduled backup or automatic backup task in Windows 10 is also a set-and-forget task. It helps a lot in protecting data constantly. Learn the detailed steps of scheduling automatic backup in Windows 10/8/7.

Why you need Windows 10 automatic backup?

Windows 10 is the new Windows system, and many users may install it, and maybe doing a backup for your important data is essential after using for a period time. Almost everyone knows the importance of data backup, but not every user has fostered a backup habit successfully. To avoid data being damaged and decreasing loss, it is suggested to schedule automatic backup in Windows 10.

In general, there are several merits of performing Windows 10 scheduled backup tasks.

  • Continuous data protection. Windows 10 auto backup helps build constant and effective backup image. If backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, in the event of hard drive failure, system crash, blue screen, virus infection, and similar disasters, all important data can be recovered in a short time.

  • Restore Windows easily. Maybe out of work reasons, maybe system slugging, some users would restore files and settings from backup in Windows 10 frequently. The continuous backup image makes the intention possible and effortless.

Many other reasons force users performing Windows scheduled backup possibly. As a result, it is more important to figure out how to complete the task in an easy way.

How to schedule automatic backup in Windows 10 effectively?

Two ways on how to create Windows 10 automatic backup tasks will be illustrated below. One is using Windows in-built backup tool, and the other is using powerful third-party backup software. You may choose one of them to achieve your goal.

Preparation: Identify Backup Source and Storage Destination

In general, before making Windows 10 automatic backup, the first thing is to decide what data need to be backed up regularly, system, partitions, folders, applications, or some important files? Also where to save the backups, NAS, Network, external hard drives or internal hard drives?

Make sure you have answers in your mind. We take automatic file backup and hard drive E as an example below.

Way 1. Schedule Windows 10 Automatic Backup by In-built Backup Tools

To backup specific files in Windows 10, you can resort to File History backup utility. This way is very stable and simple. You only need to find File History in Control Panel and open it. Here is a main interface of File History which can help you do file backups. Here is also an entrance for system image backup to backup Windows 10 operating system, in the lower left corner of this window. 

File History

If you want to schedule automatic backup Windows 10, there is another advanced settings option. You can set for scheduled backup, for instance, you can set to save copies of files every hour (default), or 10,15,20,30 minutes, 3,6,12 hours or daily. In addition, the size of offline cache and saved versions also can be set by your need.

Advanced Setting

Nevertheless, there are some limitations of Windows in-built backup utilities. For example, it fails to compress and encrypt backup images, which may result to insufficient disk space and insecurity. When back up to network location, only one copy (the latest one) can be saved. You can’t save images to the partition where it is about to back up. Worse, the disk backup feature is missed as well.

Way 2. Better way to schedule system image backup for Windows 10

It is a wise choice to turn to an alternative tool when one tool cannot satisfy you. Indeed, excellent professional backup software can achieve double result with half the effort in doing Windows 10 scheduled backup. 

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one of the best free backup & restore software that designs for Windows 10. When it comes to scheduled task and automatic backup, the software offers different backup frequencies. In detail, you can create Windows 10 backup based on daily, weekly, or monthly frequency. If upgrade to higher version, you can enjoy event-trigger backup and real-time file sync at the same time.

As for the backup item, it supports file backup, system backup, disk backup, and even partition backup. It is suggested to use its incremental and differential backup feature to save disk space on the destination while keeping backup up-to-date. AOMEI Backupper offers a way to automatically protect your Windows 10 from different dimension.

Here comes the full guide of creating scheduled backup task in Windows 10. Note that this guide also applies to schedule backup Windows 8, 8.1, 7, XP and Vista.

1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it to run. In the Backup tab, select System Backup.

System Backup

2. Edit the task name if needed. The required system files are selected by default. Now you need to choose backup destination path.

Specify backup task

3. Click Schedule beneath to set backup frequency. In General tab, you can select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. In Advanced tab, you can select from full backup, incremental backup or differential backup.

Schedule Settings

4. After configuring, click Start Backup to add or run the backup task. You can manage the task under Home tab later.

Tips:

  • As covered, you need to upgrade to higher edition to enjoy last three options in Schedule.

  • Note that no matter which backup type you select, the first copy is a full backup.

  • Backup Options: you can comment the task and do Windows 10 backup encryption here.

A backup without being tested is no backup at all. After the backup is done, you can check its integrity and explore the backup image with options in Utilities tab. To restore a system backup is also quite easy, and you can also restore to dissimilar hardware by upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional edition or superior.

Verdict

In summary, backup is important that’s why Windows gives approaches to do it. And a long term backup will only be more important. Therefore, scheduled backup or automatic backup for Windows 10 is urgent and vital.

As to the way to backup, my recommendation is latter free backup software since it gives better experience while backing up. Further, features are more helpful and practical. You can make a bootable USB drive to do operations without booting Windows. It is also a way to restore Windows system image from boot. Go for it and have a try.