Note: this method uses the backup and restore feature, which has been replaced for Windows 10. We prefer the old method, as it allows weekly scheduled backups, but Microsoft may remove the feature from Windows 10. If this happens, we’ll post an update to this blog.
1. In the Windows search (Win+S, or from the start menu), type “Backup”
2. Click on Backup Settings
3. Click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
4. Choose Set up Backup in the new window that appears
5. Make sure that you have an external hard drive plugged into your computer. You can also use a network drive, or possibly a large flash drive. If your drive doesn’t appear, click on the refresh button.
6. Select your drive from the list, and click Next
7. You’ll see two options, Let Windows Choose, and Let Me Choose. Let Me Choose gives you the option to include or disclude various folders on your device, as well as the System Image, which saves your Windows settings. We recommend selecting Let Windows Choose for most purposes. Click Next to continue.
8. The next window that appears will give you the option to choose when to run the automatic backups. You can set the frequency, day of the week, and time of day under the Change Schedule window. Your drive must be plugged in during the scheduled backup in order to backup the data. You can see that we have it set to every Sunday at 7PM.
9. You’re all set! Windows will begin backing up your computer and will notify you when it’s safe the remove the drive. During the backup process, you can click on the View Details button to view the progress of the backup.