Windows 7 Backup and Restore - A Brief Review

Posted by @Helen

September 5, 2017

Backup and restore service has been included in Windows for many years. With the update of Windows, the backup and restore service also improves a lot. Then, in Windows 7, how does it function?

General information about Windows7 backup and restore

Generally, Windowes7 backup and restore is a Windows built-in service related to computer security. You can use it to back up the important things to a certain location. Therefore, when accidents happen and data get lost, you can restore these things back from what you get out of former backup—the image matters. Here, functions of the different items on the "backup and restore "interface of computer control panel will be made to help you know more about this service.

Click "start/control panel/backup your computer in ‘System and Security’" or click "start "and input "backup and restore " in the bottom column, in both way, you can get to the main interface of  "backup and restore ". There, you can find many related items. However, the main interface is different between users who did not make a backup with Windows self-contained function and users who did. The two kinds of windows are put bellow.

Windows7 Backup Unused

Windows7 Backup Used

Items related to Windows7 backup

Create a system image in the left column: A system image is a copy of the drives required for Windows to run. It can also include additional drives. A system image can be used to restore your hard drive or computer ever stops working; however, you can’t choose individual items to restore. Click this item and you can choose where to save the system image. In general, there are three choices. You can save it on a hard disk selecting from the several disks on your computer; you may store the backup on one or more DVDs which you have insert into your computer before you open this window; you might also put the system image on a network location. Click "Select" button to choose a network location; however, username and password are need to get access to the network location you choose. After choosing the location, you can decide which drives to be included in the backup. The drives that are required for Windows to run will be included by default and you cannot include the drive that you are saving the backup to. Then, you can confirm your backup settings and start back up.

Select Additional Drive(s)

Create a system repair disc in the left column: A system repair disc can be used to boot your computer. It also contains Windows system recovery tools that can help you recover Windows from a serious error or restore your computer from a system image. This item requires you to connect a CD/DVD burner to your computer. If you haven’t, an error message window will pop out reminding you of that after you click it. Just before the error message window, another window will pop out asking you to select a CD/DVD drive and insert a blank disc into the drive.

More informationn the up right: If your last backup did not complete successfully, this button will exist. To click this button, a pop-out window will remind you of the detail information about the failed backup. It will also provide you with two choices that are "Try to run backup again" and "Change backup settings".

Set up backup/Back up nowin the right: If you haven’t backed up anything ever before, you will have Set up backup in the right. Otherwise, you will have Back up now. When you click the former, a window will pop out to let you set some information about this backup, such as backup destination and resource. When you select the latter, it will start backing up directly. However, if you want to change backup destination or resource in this situation, you should use the Change settings item in the center of the interface.

Manage space: Click it and a window will pop out. If you have done any backup before, there are a backup location and some detail data. If haven’t, there isn’t. Click "Browse" in the "backup location" area, you can view the image files or folders in local area. If one or more data files have been backed up, you can click "View backups…" button in the right of the pop-out window to decide whether to delete the previous backups to free space or not. If there isn’t any data file have been backed up, this button will gray out. By clicking "Change settings…" button also on the right, you can free up disk space by changing how Windows retains older system images.

Manage Space

Turn on schedule: Click it to set a schedule to Windows backup and it will do backup automatically at the set time. If you want to delete the schedule, just click "Turn off the schedule" on the left which will only show itself after Turn on scheduleis selected.

Windows7 restore options

Select another backup to restore files from: Click it to select the backup that you want to restore files from. If the backup location you want is not listed on the pop-out window, connect the drive with the backup to your computer and click "Refresh" on the window. Besides, you can click "Browse network location…" to choose the backups saved on the network.

Recover system settings or your computer:Click it to restore your computer to an earlier point in time. In the pop-out window, if you click "Restore your files" on the left, it will gets back to the main interface of backup and restore. If you click "Open System Restore" button on the right, you can do restore work follow the wizard. If you click "Advanced recovery methods", two ways of restore will be provided for you to choose. They are "Use a system image you created earlier to recover computer" and "Reinstall Windows (requires Windows installation disc) ".

Recovery System Settings or Your Computer


Until this moment, nearly all the functions of Windows7 backup and restore are mentioned. Generally, Windows7 backup and restore cannot satisfy most users’ needs for different matters’ backup and restore (such as the backup and restore of personal files, installed programs and partitions). Therefore, third party of backup and restore software comes into being. Some excellent services, such as AOMEI Backupper, enjoy great popularity all over the world.