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Windows 7: Windows 7 Backup

25 Sep 2012   #1

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Windows 7 Backup

I'm a bit new to Win7 and am trying to get use to some of it's
features. I was looking into Backup Programs and decided to try the
backup program that comes with Win7. I'm mainly interested in backing
up all my files and folders. I setup the Win7 backup (and included an
Image Backup as well) to an External Harddrive, and it appeared to go
very well. I went to Restore and Restored a couple of files to a temp
location to see how it worked - with just fine.

Two questions - one, I would like to save a couple of copies of the
backup, but do not see an option in Settings to set the number of
backup to maintain - is there a setting for this or are you restricted
to just one back.

Second, I do not see a way to add the Backup Icon to the All Program
list - or do I have to go to Control Panel each time I want to run it
(I have it set for Manual start, not scheduled)?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2012   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello gumboman,

By default, it only creates one incremental backup when done through Windows Backup.

There are two types of backup:
  • Incremental - Only backs up what has changed since the last backup was created to update it incrementally
  • Differential - New full backup each time
You might see if the shortcuts from the tutorials below may work for you for this. They can be pinned to the taskbar and/or Start Menu.
Backup and Restore Shortcut - Create
These may be of interest to you as well.

How to Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Vista


How to Make a "Create New Backup" Shortcut in Windows 7 and Vista

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premuim

Thanks for the reply. I will look at the links you provided and see where it takes me.

Thanks again for the reply and tips.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

26 Sep 2012   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome. Please just us know if you have any further questions on this.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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