Solutions to Windows 7 Backup Stuck in the Middle

Posted by @Cody

June 1, 2017

Learn to troubleshoot and solve the problem that Windows 7 backup stuck and it still hangs after a whole day.

Why did Windows 7 backup stuck at 57%?

Many users have experienced that Windows 7 backup files or system got stuck in the middle of the backup process. Most of them stopped at 57%, others might also be at 97%, 12%, or anywhere else. Even if you waited for a whole day or more, it still got no any progress. 

As you may know, Windows backup does a file by file backup, so the backup may fail if any of the files to be backed up has a problem, which is why sometimes Windows backup tells you that it cannot find the file specified. When the backup was going in the middle, but the some files was locked by other programs, Windows backup cannot access this file. Therefore, Windows backup will not go well as expected.

How to fix it when Windows 7 backup fails?

When Windows Backup hang in the middle, you can try one or more of the methods as the following to make it work again.

Method 1: Delete previous old backup and create a new one. In the process of configure a new backup, uncheck the option “Include a system image of drivers (C)”, which is checked by default. Since many users have installed software on C: drive, the backup program will include these applications. If these applications are running, they may stop Windows backup accessing the files.

Method 2: Disable all your antivirus program or firewall temporarily while running any backup. After the backup successfully complete, do not forget to enable them as antivirus software are very important to protect your computer form security threats.

Method 3: Disable all the programs that will run at startup in System Configuration and then reboot your computer to perform the backup.

In these three method, you should be able complete a backup without getting Windows backup stuck at 57. However, Windows 7 backup is slow and it is cumbersome to do such steps to be able to run a backup, especially for schedule backup. If you are looking for a better way to perform backups, here come AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Use third party application for backup task

AOMEI Backupper standard is a free Windows backup software that does not have problem with antivirus software or other applications. It allows you to select any folder that is shown in File Explorer as backup destination location including network shared folder. It provides system backup, disk backup, partition backup, and file backup. Let’s take system backup, which will select the needed backup source automatically, as an example to show you how it work.

1. Download this backup software for Windows 10/8/7, install and run it.

2. Click “Backup” button and then go to “System Backup” in the next screen.

Backup Tab

3. Click “Step 2” to select the backup destination as backup source has been selected.

Step 2

4. If you want a scheduled backup, just click the “Schedule” button to decide when and how (full, incremental, or differential backup) you want to backup to be performed. Then click “Start Backup” to run the backup.

For AOMEI Backupper create a block level backup and its compatibility with other programs, you will never need to worry about Windows 7 backup stuck. When the backup finishes, you can mount the backup as a virtual drive, so you can view the files backed up in File Explorer. Besides backup and restore, it also allows you to migrate OS to SSD or another hard drive.