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How to backup Windows 8

Written by: Naachiz B. - Published: Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Simple way to backup your Windows 8 installation. Read more to learn how.

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Windows 8 offers a convenient way to backup your data. The backup system offers scheduled backups, restore and recovery options. Following are the steps to backup your Windows 8 data and settings.

1. Step Open the Start Screen and hit CTRL + F on your keyboard – on the right there is the Charms bar, click on Search

The screenshot below is outdated:

metro search

2. Step From the Apps list that appears, click on Control Panel.

control panel

3. Step In the Control Panel , click on More Settings. This will take you to Control Panel window.

more settings

4. Step Click on Restore Windows 7 Backups.

backups

5. Step In the Restore Windows 7 Backups, click on Set up backup.

setup backup

6. Step It will ask for the Partition or Drive to save the backup on. Select one and click Next.

backup drive

7. Step Now it will ask for custom or recommended backup option. Select Let Windows choose (recommended) and click Next.

backup option

8. Step Finally it will display the review of the backup settings. Click Save settings and run backup. The backup process starts and a progress bar displays your backup progress.

backup option

backup option

The backup feature recommends that backups should be made on a seperate physical drive to avoid data loss in case of disk failure.

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4 Responses to How to backup Windows 8

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Karen Booth said:

    I tried your instructions for Windows 8. When I bring up the Control panel, there is no “more settings”. You also mention Windows 7 several times. Is this for Windows 7 or 8?

    Thank you,
    Karen Booth

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Gus said:

    I just installed Windows 8. I click in the lower left of the Start screen but there is no Start menu. You must have a special version of Windows 8 since, according to Microsoft, there is no more Start menu.

    I can get to Search and Apps and Control Panel, but there are no more settings and no Restore Windows 7 backups.

    Your screens look different than the standard Windows 8. You are perhaps giving instructions that are not valid for the release version of Windows 8. Yours looks like the Developers Preview version.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Gus said:

    Aha!

    Under the release version of Win 8, it is called Windows 7 File Recovery.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    oliversk said:

    Gus,

    we’ve used an old developer version of Windows 8

    Instead of using the Start menu, simply hit CTRL + F to bring up the Charms bar

    Will update it now

    Thanks!

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