In this article, we will discuss the steps you can follow to back up personal data and settings in Windows 7 or transfer the data to another computer or another Windows operating system.
It is recommended that you either back up the data to a removal media, such as external hard disk, DVD, CD, or USB memory card or to a network location. For safety reasons, do not back up your data to a recovery partition or on the same hard disk where you have installed Windows 7.
Steps to back up data in Windows 7
We will touch upon the following topics:
- How to transfer data to another Windows 7 based computer
- How to transfer data to a Windows Vista based computer
- How to Back up your data
- How to manually copy your data
Transfer data to another Windows 7 based computer
The much improved â€œWindows Easy Transferâ€ utility in Windows 7 helps you easily move your files, folders, and program settings to another computer. To use Windows Easy Transfer, you need to be logged in to your system as an administrator.
To transfer data to another Windows 7 based computer using Windows Easy Transfer, perform the following steps:
- Click Start and type windows easy transfer in the Start Search box.
- Next, click Windows Easy Transfer in the Programs list.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer your data.
Transfer data to Windows Vista
To transfer data from a Windows 7 based computer to Windows Vista, you need to use the Vista version of Windows Easy Transfer. To achieve this, perform the following steps:
- Insert the Windows Vista CD/DVD into your Windows 7 computer.
- Exit the Windows Vista Setup program.
- Next, click Start, click computer, right-click your CD/DVD drive and click Open.
- Double-click the support folder, and then double-click migwiz folder.
- Next, double-click the Migwiz.exe file.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to transfer data.
Back up your data
To back up data you can use the Windows 7 Backup and Restore Centre utility, perform the steps illustrated below:
- Click Start and in the Start Search box, type backup.
- Next, in the Program list, click Backup and Restore.
- Now, click Set up backup under Back up or restore your files.
- Select the location where you want to save your backup and click Next.
- Next, either click the Let Windows choose or the Let me chose option and click Next.
- Now, make the suitable selections and click Next or Save Settings and run backup.
Note: You can use the Windows 7 Backup and Restore Centre utility to restore a backup on Windows 7 computers only.
Manually copy data
To copy data manually to removable media, such as a CD/DVD, external hard disk, a USB memory card or to a network location, perform the following steps:
- Click Start, click Computer, and then double-click the C: drive.
Note: If you have installed Windows 7 on another drive, say the D: drive, then open that drive.
- Double-click the Users folder and then open the User folder that you want to backup to a removable device or to a network location.
- Next, copy the files to a removable device or to a network location.
While you are making the backups, it is recommended that you also backup the Windows registry. Backing up the registry helps in restoring the system in case of a failure. An easy way to maintain regular registry backups is by using a reliable and Windows 7-compatible registry tool, such as RegServe.