Written by: Krystal Petersen, IT Support
In Windows 10, you are given a variety of ways to do a backup, or even set up a reoccurring backup to your PC. There are a couple of types of backup that Windows 10 is capable of.
File History Backup
One is by doing a File History backup; this is a backup that can be scheduled for a time when you are not using the machine. It allows you to pick and choose what files you want backed up, the default, however, covers the files most often used, i.e. Downloads, Documents, Pictures, etc. Most can simply connect a large external drive, set up the date and time and let it do its backup without much else thought than that. However, if more files are required for backup they can be easily added, should your drive get full it is also a few clicks to set up another external to use as a backup. For non-technical users, this is the easiest option to ensure your data is being securely backed up.
The next backup option that Windows 10 offers is the ability to make an image backup. Windows has made this a bit more work to get to as it is a Windows 7 tool and may not remain in future updates of Windows 10. An image backup will create a point from which your computer can recover everything. Your operating system, the files in place at the time of the image backup, any programs you had installed and whether they are activated or not will all be saved in the Windows Image. This is the most beneficial backup that can be made as it can be used to restore a computer that has become infected with a virus, it can be used if you need to wipe out a computer back to a more manageable state. Businesses can use it as a way to “reset” the PC back to its “default”.
Both of the mentioned options are incredibly beneficial for their own reasons. When it comes to computer and data management you want to make sure you are doing everything in your power to ensure your data stays intact. Electronics are more reliable today than they were even ten years ago, but it is still a machine and machines can still fail, most often at the least appropriate time. By creating backups and system images, you are ensuring that should a crash occur you will be able to get back up and running without much down time or effort on your part. Without having a backup in place or a system image, if your machine crashes you are left with the possibility of no data retention on the drive, if it needs to go into a shop to be fixed you are again, at a standstill. However if you have run a system image and subsequent backups then the stress of these events can be far less taxing than if these measures are not in place, not to mention the money that can be saved by not having to take the machine into the shop. It is a good practice to have both personally and professionally.
Other Windows 10 Tips
Windows 10 has a few other tricks up its sleeve to help with troublesome computers.
Windows has integrated a product called OneDrive into their computers. There is a set amount of cloud space that can be used for free initially, but they do offer multiple options for space that is available for purchase through their website.
Reset this PC
Another feature in Windows 10 that allows you to “reset” your computer is incredibly easy to get to, and the functionality of it means you do not need to retain those pesky Windows OS disks. The option is called, conveniently enough “Reset this PC”, there was a similar option in Windows 8 called “Refresh this PC” and “Reset this PC”. By selecting this option it will ask if you wish to “Keep Your Files” or “Remove everything”. The options do as they say, “Keep Your Files” will remove all apps and settings, but it will keep the personal files in the computer. “Remove Everything” does as it states, removes everything and takes it back to the state it was in when it was purchased.