How to Back Up Your Files/Computer in Windows Backup & Restore User Profile 5 months ago   03:45

We will learn how to set up Windows Backup for the first time as well as how to set it to a schedule so that it backs up regularly. You can back up your files to an external hard drive, USB flash drive, to CDs or DVDs, or even use an online service. Visit our website,, to view more tutorials as well as find additional resources.

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livin la vida loca
Do we need external hard drive to back up our data
Paul Cartero
My first time backing up...thanks to this video. Thanks Bret!
One of the best instructive videos Ive seen done with out all the useless B.S. you see with other vids. Thank you
Ava Zara
Very good explanation & showing all steps clearly thanks a lot cheers
Tony Gruber
Hi, I bought a WD Elements external hard drive and did what was shown in this video; then after the backup was completed I clicked on the safely remove hardware icon, but after about 30 seconds I got a message saying windows cant stop my WD Elements 1078 USB device because a program is still using it. I have no idea what program may still be using it or what is wrong. Does anyone know what is wrong and how to resolve this?
Thank u sir
Enuf Ots
WARNING: After your backup, ALWAYS check to make sure you can read from the backup. Try arbitrarily to recover some files. Imagine the nightmare, when your hard disk crashes & you're thinking you have a backup and then realize you can't read from it because it was a bad backup.
Sam Nawawi
after 8 years your video helped someone like me !! thank you so much
Can someone tell me if I Can backup my files on my (F: Hard Disk) without loosing stuff when i upgrade windows from 32 to 64 bit?
Joanne Coughlin
Very good explanation. Thank you.
Joan Nemeth
What a great video! Thanks so much. It was perfectly clear and super easy to follow. Thanks so very much! One question though, how often does this need to be done? I have books that I am editing, so changes in manuscript are somethimes daily. Does this devise make changes only to the items that have changed or does it do a full sweep?
Theresa Hayes
my backup window doesn't have the option to set up backup, so how do i set backup up?
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Arudchaay Sriharan
Thank you so much! This was so helpful!
Chuy Hernandez
Thank you very helpful 👍
Asish Kumar
Now how to paste it back to computer after backup
Clifton Jamison
Finally a person who doesn't bullshit.This seems to be a good source of accurate info on executing tasks related to computers.
Rupa Kumari
Which drive we backup
Phil Stevens
Very good instructional video - clear and to the point. Thank you.
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Backup & Restore User Profile How to Back Up Your Files/Computer in Windows 5 months ago   06:37

Backup & Restore User Profile In Windows 7 with Windows Enabler by Britec

Want to use a USB Drive, here is what to do and it was successful using the Windows Enabler tool. As noted, Windows Enabler does not actually install on the computer so it can easily be run off a USB thumb drive or network share to 'enable' locked menus and buttons. Basically you:

Download Windows Enabler.
Save it to a thumb drive or share.
On the system you need to copy a profile, Right-Click and choose "Run As Administrator" on the Windows Enabler EXE.
Click the Windows Enabler Notification Tray icon to activate Windows Enabler.
Open the USER PROFILES dialog and click on the greyed out COPY TO... button to see it become enabled.
Copy the profile as you used to in XP and Vista.

Regarding the comment about wallpaper not copying - save the wallpaper in the PUBLIC\PICTURES folder and it will work just fine. The profile copy function is 'smart' and doesn't copy a number of extraneous items like the contents of DOCUMENTS, PICTURES, etc which is likely why you didn't get a wallpaper after copying the profile. By using the PUBLIC folders you don't end up with a copy of the wallpaper in each profile which is a little more space effective.

Also, if you like desktop gadgets and want to include them in your default profile you need to do the following:

Create a folder named MICROSOFT in C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local

In C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft copy the WINDOWS SIDEBAR folder from C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft (USERNAME is the user you used to create the profile you are copying to default).

Hope this helps,


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