Backups help ensure that your files aren't permanently lost or damaged. With automatic backups, you don't have to remember to back up your files. You can change your automatic backup settings (such as how often you back up, the type of storage you use, or the types of files you back up) whenever you want to.

To set up automatic backups

  1. Open Backup and Restore Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore Center.

  2. Click Back up files, and then follow the steps in the wizard. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

To change automatic backups

  1. Open Backup and Restore Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore Center.

  2. Click Change settings.

  3. Click Change backup settings, and then follow the steps in the wizard. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.