How to Make a Full Backup of a Windows 10 PC

Last Edited: June 25, 2017 | Published: June 18, 2017 by

Do you have a full backup of a Windows 10 PC? I bet you don’t. So many users never bother to backup their system. Why? Well, for most, they simply don’t know how to do it and assume it is a complicated process that would require extra software and huge amounts of time. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can actually do a full backup of a Windows 10 PC with just a few clicks.

What File History?

You use a feature built into your Control Panel known as File History to create your full backup. Using this software, you can record history of different files and folders or perform a full backup of your system. For the purposes of today’s guide, we are discussing on the full image backup.

This image backup will make a complete copy of your system. This includes Windows 10, all your applications and your data. Everything is covered as part of this backup. In order to do this backup, you will need an external hard drive with plenty of empty space on it to store the backup, but other than that, all you need is your Windows 10 PC.

Benefits and Drawbacks

The main benefit of this type of backup is that it covers everything. You don’t have to worry about reinstalling applications or reloading your data if you use this backup. However, this backup cannot be used to restore individual files. It’s only useful if you want to fully restore your hard drive back to the last image you made of your system. That’s why I recommend doing this a few times a year at least so you are sure you have a pretty recent copy of your system if something does go wrong.

Backing Up Your Windows 10 PC

Follow the steps below to create a full backup of your PC running Windows 10.

Connect an external USB hard drive with plenty of free space.

Right-click on your Start Menu and select Control Panel.

Click on Save backup copies of your files with File History.

Click on the System Image Backup link in the bottom corner of the window.

Select your external drive that you connected and then click Next.

Confirm your settings and begin by clicking Start backup.


While this may seem like such a simple little thing that we all should do, so many people fail to make a proper back of their computer. Then, when something bad happens, they often have to start from scratch. So many lose files because they don’t take the time to perform a backup such as this. As you can see, a full backup is actually pretty easy to do. While you can’t extract just one file that you have accidentally lost, you at least have a way to fully restore your system if your hard drive crashes or you get one of those really nasty viruses that you just can’t get rid of. So what are you waiting for? Start backing up your system today so you never have to worry about a system crash ever again.

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Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.

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