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.