Setting up or changing automatic backup settings


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 set up automatic backups

If you've never used Windows Backup before, the Windows Backup wizard automatically creates a schedule for you, which you can change.

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

  2. Click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

To change automatic backups

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

  2. Click Change settings. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Notes

  • If it's time for your regularly scheduled backup and your computer is off, sleeping, or hibernating, Windows Backup skips the backup and waits for your next scheduled backup.

  • If the backup destination isn't available when Windows Backup tries to create your backup, you get an error message. You can either change the backup destination, retry the backup, or wait for your next scheduled backup.

  • If the backup destination is a network location and it’s not available or your network credentials have expired when Windows Backup tries to create a backup, you get an error message. You can either re-enter your user name and password or retry the backup.

  • If the backup destination is encrypted by BitLocker, it needs to be unlocked when it's time for your scheduled backup. If it's locked, you get an error. You will need to unlock the drive and then retry the backup.