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How to Use the Backup and Recovery Tools of Windows 10

When it comes to backup and recovery, Windows 10 definitely has everything you need. It’s a cool mix of all the familiar Windows tools that you have probably used in their past operating systems and some new ones that make the overall experience even better.

File History

File History is a backup and recovery tool you have probably seen (and enjoyed immensely) in Windows 8. Where Windows 7 only featured backup features through the Control Panel, File History in Windows 8 and Windows 10 takes it a few levels higher by making it available in Settings as well.

Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore is something that Windows 7 users might remember. The tool can be found inside Window 10’s Control Panel. Or to make things easier, just search for “backup” and it’s the first thing that shows up.

Reset This PC

In case you find the need to go back to your default operating system’s state, the “Reset this PC” option is the best way to do recovery. Simply go to Settings, choose Update & Security, click on Recovery, and find Reset this PC. Click the Get Started button to set things in motion.

System Image Backups

For old Windows users, one thing that they missed using is the System Image Backup, as this was a hidden feature on Windows 8. Well, it’s back out in the open for Windows 10 users. Just go to your Control Panel, click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7) under System and Security, then click on “Create a system image” at the left side of the panel.

There are a number of other backup and recovery tools you can use on Windows 10 the more you explore the system. You can use OneDrive, Advanced Startup Options, or Recovery Drive Creator aside from the options outlined above.

Why an Online Backup is Needed Before an OS Upgrade

With news of Windows 10 and El Capitan dominating the gadget news cycle of 2015, it is not surprising that reminders for a sturdy online backup before installation are prevalent. These reminders shouldn’t be taken for granted since they present valid reasons that can help you avoid a major file catastrophe.

Before upgrading to a new operating system – whether it’s on your computer, smartphone, or tablet – it’s critical that you backup your files online. The main reason behind this action is to stop any loss of data.

Even if you’re adept in installing new upgrades or have advanced tech knowledge, there are things you can’t control. One of these is a sudden power interruption. Another is an accidental spilling of coffee on your computer that can cause it to shut down in the middle of an upgrade. Freak accidents and mishaps happen even if you’re careful. And not having an online backup before anything unfortunate happens can make the situation worse.

To ensure that you have a problem-free installation for a new OS, here are tips you can follow.

1. Make a plan.

Just because the new update is already available for your computer doesn’t mean you just click the “update” button without a second glance. Make a plan for it, especially if you have multiple computers or gadgets that need updating. To avoid any loss of data, make sure the entire OS is backed up online. Or if you don’t feel like it, just make sure that all your important files are stored through your online backup or via cloud storage. By making a plan and following it, you avoid making any unnecessary action that can compromise both your actual computer and your files.

2.Ensure that your computer or gadget can handle the upgrade.

If you have a relatively new machine, upgrading to a new operating system once you’re done with your online backup is easy enough to do. However, if your computer or gadget is several years old, there is a possibility that it can no longer handle an upgrade or it may not be compatible with the new update. Remember that a new OS that runs on old computers or gadgets can actually slow things down.

If you failed to back up your files and belatedly realized that your machine isn’t compatible for the new update, you do not only lose your files, you also waste precious time.

3. Back up EVERYTHING.

You always have to remember that what you see on your computer folders are not just the files you have. Many are hidden and are more important for the machine to run smoothly than what you’ve saved on those folders. This means that when you choose an online backup provider before installing a new OS, you must include everything. Back up even temporary files, desktop folders and Recycle Bin. And if applicable, don’t forget to back up your machine’s hidden partitions as they can restore your computer back to its original state if the upgrade fails.

It doesn’t matter if you have an Apple or Windows machine, both giants explicitly recommend backing up the old OS before making any upgrade. Have you had any experience when an online backup saved you from an imminent disaster? Share your thoughts below.