What computer does not contain valuable data or files? And who has never lost any of such data or any of these files? It must be said that the reasons that lead to a problem of this type are numerous: Windows crash, hard disk error, virus attack or even the intentional or unintentional deletion of files. That is why you should always have at your fingertips a backup of your most valuable files. This will be recorded on a new partition or on an external hard drive or a DVD that you will keep it safe. Better yet, a complete copy of your system you can use in case of total crash of Windows. To create these backups, you can take advantage of the tools built into Windows 7, whether the restore function or that to create a disc repair system.
Create and use a restore point
When you use a restore point, Windows performs a kind of return in time to catch up with old settings and replace older versions of its system files. This allows you to find a working computer if modifications made during installation of software or a virus infection leads to dysfunction of varying severity system.
In fact, the restore points are dated and treasured photographs of the Windows registry and system files. They can be created manually or automatically (eg when installing new software or new device), since the function is activated.
Backing up a restore point does not include any personal files or documents such as photos or programs you have installed. It merely the most important Windows system files so you can find an operating system healthy. Thus, it is impossible to use a restore point to recover a file deleted by mistake.
Create a restore point
Click the right mouse button on the Computer icon from the Windows desktop and select Properties. To the left of the window that appears, click on "Advanced system settings". The dialog box "System Properties" appears. Click the "System Protection" and select the drive or partition on which Windows is installed or that (usually C:) and click on "Configure". Then run the function by selecting "Restore system settings and previous versions of files" and then clicking "Apply" and "OK".
In the dialog box "System Properties", then click on "Create" button and name your restore point explicitly in connection with what motivates you to create. For example "update drivers". Click on "Create" to start the process.When Windows notifies you that "The restore point was created, click" OK ".
Use a restore point
In case of malfunction of Windows, you can use a restore point to restore a stable configuration. Among the choices, use a restore point that you created specifically if you have or the last restore point prior to the onset of problems you want to adjust.
Open the Control Panel by double-clicking its desktop icon or through the Start menu and click on "System and Security" then "Save and restore." In the "Restore", click on the link "Retrieve your computer or system settings" then on "Launch System Restore" to start the function. In the window that appears, click "Next" and then select from the list the restore point you want to use.
By default, Windows displays the restore points recorded during the last five days. To show restore points older, check "Show more restore points.Then click "Next" and then "Finish" and "Yes" to confirm. After a few moments, Windows restarts, indicating that System Restore was well done.
Verify that your system is again stable. If this is not the case, try another restore point.
Back up files and folders
In addition to simply restore point that concerns only the system files, Windows also allows you to save your personal files. Of course, this is something you can do by hand but there a few clicks to do simple and effective way, being sure not to forget. Better yet, this feature of Windows 7 includes monitoring changes in your backup.
To access this feature, open the Control Panel by double-clicking its desktop icon or through the Start menu and click on "System and Security" then "Save and restore." In the "Save" from the window that appears, click "Configure backup".
First, select where you want to save your backup. It can only be a non-removable media, that is to say, a hard drive or internal partition, which will be different (e) of your disk or partition system. DVD-ROM discs, external hard drives and USB flash drives are excluded. Once you made your choice, click "Next."
Then select how the backup tool must choose files to backup. With "Let Windows choose" all files stored in your Library, in the various sub-folders in your user folder (My Documents, My Pictures, Downloads, Saved Games, etc..) And the Bureau will be selected. With "Let me choose, you make yourself or your selection from your hard drives. Once you made your choice, click "Next" and set the backup frequency of these files by clicking on the link "Edit Schedule". For example, choose "Weekly" and a schedule that you are sure your computer is turned on.
Then click "Save settings and run the backup." Your first backup takes place then. Count to ten minutes to an hour depending on how many files you save. When the backup is complete, click "Close".
Your files are now safe at the place where you have defined in a special folder that bears the same name as your computer. Do not open it because it does not give you direct access to your files. To retrieve a file, it must pass through the rollback data.
Update your backup
Now when you open the backup files, the status of your backup is, including its size on the hard disk or partition storage and date of next scheduled update. To start an immediate update, which will include the files created and modified since the last time, click on "Save Now". To change the date or frequency of future backups, and the list of files that will be included, click "Change Settings" and follow the instructions for creating a backup.
Reinstall your files
When you want to restore files backed up, open the backup file by opening the Control Panel and then clicking in the System section and security on the link "Save the Computer." In the "Restore" the window that appears, click "Restore my files".
You have a choice among the files of the most recent backup, restore them in their entirety or select only those you want. To choose to restore the full backup, click "Folders" and then in the window that appears, select your backup folder (eg "Backup C:) and click on" Add Folder ". To choose to restore only certain files, click "File" then select the desired files and confirm your choice, click on "Add Files". Repeat as many times as necessary.
Then click "Next" then choose where to restore the backup of your files (on the original location or another location on your hard drive) and click "Restore."
The restoration begins. Perhaps a dialog box appears to notify you and ask you a duplicate what to do. Select the appropriate action, possibly by checking the box "Apply to all my choices conflict" to settle the matter once and for all.
When the window stating "Your files are restored" appears, click "Finish".
Save the entire contents of your computer
Windows 7 has a backup feature even more advanced based on the principle of disk images. In fact the entire contents of your disk (Windows system files, installed software, personal files, etc..) Registered in a single block on a dedicated partition or on one or several DVD- Rom. In case of crash your entire computer if Windows has become too unstable for you to use or even if it stops functioning, you can then restore that image to leave with a complete and healthy, as was when you created the full backup.
If you use a laptop, this function will not start until you're on battery. Plug your microphone into an electrical outlet before use.
Create a backup
To access this feature, open the Control Panel by double-clicking its desktop icon or through the Start menu and click in the System section and security on the link "Create a system image" located left. In the window that appears, first select where you want to save your backup may be a hard disk or partition - will be different (e) of your disk or partition system - one or more blank DVD-ROM, or a location on your local network (or disk storage shared folder on the hard drive to another computer), depending on your version of Windows 7. If you choose your DVD burner, insert a blank disc in it.
When your choice is made, click "Next." Then select the "readers" to include in the backup, that is to say, the different partitions that contain the items you want to save. For example, drives C: and D: they respectively contain Windows and installed software and your personal documents. Click "Next" then confirm the settings by clicking "Start Backup".
It starts, for a period of time. Allow between 20 minutes and an hour depending on the amount of data to backup. If the backup is stored on a hard drive, you have nothing to do. If it is recorded on DVD, can you pass the ability on this disc. Windows notifies you when then insert a new disc.
When the backup is complete, a dialog box pops up to advise you to create a disc repair system. Click "Yes" and follow the instructions on page 180 if you want to do or "No" if you do not want to. Then click "Close" to finish.
Use a backup
To replace a full backup of the hard disk, there are several methods. The simplest is through the Control Panel and then select the System section and security, the link "Save The Computer" then click "Recover your computer system settings" "advanced recovery methods" and "Use system image created earlier to recover your computer."
But it is only available if your computer does not suffer from a too serious problem and that Windows is still running.
In the event that your PC is fully planted and refuses to start, you'll need to use the original DVD of Windows 7 or a disc repair system that you can create by following the instructions on page 180.
To do this, insert the Windows DVD 7 or repair disk in the drive and restart your computer. Allow Windows to boot from the disc then after a few moments, a window "System Recovery Options" window. Click "Next" and select "Restore your computer using a system image created earlier. Click "Next" and check if the system image you selected is the one you want to use. If this was not the case, check the line "Select a system image" to get yourself choose to restore the backup. In this case, you may need to eject the disk repair or DVD from Windows to insert the one you saved your backup. Do it if necessary. Click several times on "Next" and then "Finish" and "Yes" to start the process.
When the restoration is complete, Windows restarts itself: you can use your computer.
Create a repair disk in Windows
This feature appeared with Windows 7 allows you to record onto blank CD-Rom advanced tools to get your system ready in case it fails. This disc repair start at boot the computer even if Windows refuses to start him. It is therefore a very useful troubleshooting tool that we recommend you create and store carefully in case you have to use it unfortunately.
To create this disk, open the Control Panel by double-clicking its desktop icon or through the Start menu and click in the System section and security on the link "Create a system repair disk" button left. In the window that appears, select your CD / DVD, make sure you have inserted a blank disc in and click on "Create Disk". Wait time to create the disc and then click "Close" when the dialog box Using the disc repair system appears.
Now you can use this disc, for example to restore a system image.