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Starting Windows 7 Backup

Before you can back up your system and files with Windows 7 Backup, you must open Control Panel, and do one of the following:

  • In the System and Security category, click Back Up Your Computer.
  • From the Large icons or Small icons view, click Backup and Restore.

The Backup and Restore dialog opens (Figure 1).

Figure 1 The Windows Backup and Restore dialog.

The right pane is used to configure and start Windows Backup and Windows Restore, and the left pane is used to create a system image and create a system repair disc.

Windows 7 Backup is designed to use the advanced features of NTFS, the default file system used by Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. When you use an NTFS-formatted drive as a backup target, you can create scheduled backups that record changes to the system image and changes to individual files. In addition, Windows 7 Backup backs up only NTFS-formatted drives.

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