Set up Windows Backup in Windows 8 to save your files and folders

Windows 8 takes some of the recovery options in Windows 7 to the next level. Windows File Recovery is one of those options. It allows you to create a system image and backup your files, folders, and programs to an external drive or even to a new partition on your computer. Setting up Windows backup correctly can be a powerful way to keep a backup handy in case you need to restore not only your computer but your files as well.

Set up Windows backup

1. On the home screen, search for “file recovery” and open it. 2. Click on “Set up backup”.

It will take a few minutes to boot as Windows File Recovery is running for the first time. Windows never updated the title pane in File Recovery, so it may seem strange to see Windows 7 File Recovery at first. 3. Choose your location. You cannot choose your computer’s primary drive. However, you can choose a partition, a flash drive, or an external drive if it is connected. You will see these options listed for you to choose. You can also save your recovery image over your network if you have a HomeGroup installation in Windows 8. After choosing where to save your recovery, click “Next”. 4. Next, you want to choose what to save. Windows 8 gives you two options: Windows automatically chooses for you or you choose what to save in your recovery image. With the latter, you can be nitpicky about what gets saved and what doesn’t. Choosing the Windows option will give you the maximum amount of recovery protection for your system. Keep in mind that if you choose to create a system image in addition to backing up your files, you may need a system repair disc to properly restore your system. When you have made your choice, click on “Next” to continue. 5. Click on ‘Change schedule’.

You can choose how often, what day and what time your backup is made. Windows 8 creates backup after backup for you, backing up the most recent files and folders for your computer every time. As long as your computer is on during that time, Windows File Recovery will run. Click “OK” when you are done making changes to the schedule and then click “Save settings and run backup”. 6. Depending on the size of your system image, files and folder backup, this process can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour. Sit back and let Windows File Recovery run. 7. When you’re done, click “Close” to go back to File Recovery. Now that you have performed File Recovery, you will see all the details of the current backup. This includes file size, location, when it was run, when it will run again, and what it contains. You can change the settings for files and folders and the system image is only updated if major changes are made to it. 8. Click on ‘Manage space’. You get an overview of the space used by your current backup. 9. Click on “View backups…”.

You can manage and delete the file and folder information stored in the backup at any time. Just click on the backup and then click ‘Delete’. This frees up space for new file and folder backups using File Recovery. 10. Click “Change Settings…” so you can do the same with your system images.

Restore a backup created in File Recovery

When you need to restore a backup you created in File Recovery, you want to go back to the File Recovery window. 1. Click on “Recover my files”.

The most amazing feature of File Recovery is that you can recover an entire system image, a folder, or an individual file if needed. You can also search for a specific file or browse for files or folders. 2. Click “Browse for Files” to see how this works. You can navigate to the folder where the desired file is located and click on it. 3. From there, you can choose to restore the file to its original location or choose a new location to restore it. 4. Click “Recover” when you are ready to restore the file.

Now you can click “View Recovered Files” to go directly to that file location. The same steps can be repeated for a folder, as well as for a system image or a full backup.


We showed you how to use the File History tool, and now associated with the File Recovery utility, you can use multiple methods to set up Windows Backup in Windows 8 to keep your files, folders, and system image available should you need to restore them. What other tools do you use in Windows 8 for data recovery? Comment below and let us know.

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