How to Back up your Data Automatically – Windows 10

Now, the truth of the matter is; backing up your files is advisable in case something goes wrong with your computer. If you are running Windows 10 Operating system in your computer, welcome.

You’ve landed at the right place to learn how to back up your files automatically.

Back up your Data Automatically

Follow these simple steps to achieve this

1. Open the control panel by hitting your windows key then searching for the term ‘control panel’ then left clicking on it.

2. Proceed to click on ‘system and security’ option. Note that at this point if you hover your mouse pointer to the ‘Backup and restore (Windows 7)’ option under the ‘system and security’ options, you can use this link to get directly to the backup editor.

3. Once you are at the ‘backup and restore (windows 7)’ space, you are good to customize the specific files that you want to be backed up.

4. Hit the ‘set up backup’ button to the right of your screen.

Performing this action will pop up a window where you can select the specific files that you need to be backed up.

5. Before continuing with this step, ensure that you have enough space on the destination hardware where you want your files backed up.

This could be anything from your internal computer HDD, to an external storage device like a flash disk/memory stick, to an external HDD.

Hit on ‘next’ when you are done with your selection.

6. At this point, you are provided with the options to choose what you intend to backup or use the recommended Microsoft express settings.

Choosing the recommended settings will start the backup process automatically, however selecting on the ‘let me choose’ option leads into a dialogue box where you can select the specific files that you intend backed up.

7. Assuming you selected the ‘let me choose’ option and you have already selected your targeted files; the final stage is reviewing your selection before the process of backing upstarts.

This verification step lets you double check your selection plus tweak other additional settings like adjusting the frequency of backing up your files automatically.

To access this additional feature, click on the ‘Change Schedule’ button. Otherwise, hit on the ‘save settings and run backup’ button if you are satisfied.

8. Your backup should begin after this step, displaying a status bar as shown in highlight A below.

Clicking on the view details button in highlight B should reveal the percentage progress.

Remain patient until this process completes successfully with the duration of time it takes to complete depending on the ‘bulk’ of your files.


What we’ve covered is backing up your files using Microsoft’s default system. There are other third-party programs to achieve the same results and you can explore that online. Congratulations for grasping the interactive basics on how to back up your PC automatically on Windows 10.

Abdelrahman Reda

Abdelrahman Reda is a Motivated Support Engineer with 6+ years of corporate and consumer support experience. His experience related to administration of Network, NOC support, computers and anti-virus server, data entry, networking sites, remote support.

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