How To Back Up Windows 10

I’m sure you’re aware by now that I’m a huge fan of backing up.

Microsoft Windows includes several tools that, used together, can provide a backup strategy to protect you from most things that can go wrong.

Let’s review what it means to use those tools together properly and get you backed up. We’ll also review the impact of Microsoft’s decision to phase out one of those tools.

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What do I do if my system asks for a installation disk and I don’t have one?

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I have a desktop computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. It won’t startup. It’s asking me for the installation disk which I don’t have. Can I buy that somewhere? Do I have to buy Windows 7 and install that or can I just buy Windows 8.1 and install that?

There are a few things you can try. I’ll list those, as well as one technique that will let you avoid this problem completely in the future.

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Can I create rescue disks for any point in time?

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Can I create rescue disks for any point in time? If there’s a problem, I don’t want to restore to the factory settings at the beginning. I want to restore to a recent time when I created rescue disks (if this is possible). I’d like to do this weekly so I don’t lose the most recent settings, program, files, etc.

Absolutely. You can do this, but I wouldn’t call them “rescue discs.”

What you’re talking about is something I’ve long recommended: performing an image backup.

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