What Happened to the Windows 7 Backup in Windows 10?

By Woody Leonhard

If you’re an experienced Windows 7 user, you may be looking for specific features that have been renamed, morphed, or axed in Windows 10. Here’s a little pocket dictionary to help you figure out the landmarks:

  • Shadow Copies (or Previous Versions) of files are now called File History. It’s functionally very similar to the Apple Time Machine — just not as cool, visually.

  • Image Backup (or System Image or Ghosting) is buried deep. If you really want to use Windows 10 to create a full disk image, tap or click Start, Settings, Update & security. On the left, choose Backup, then on the right, click the link to Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7). On the left, click Create a System Image, and go from there.

  • Windows Backup and the Backup and Restore Center are there, but they’re hard to find. They were in Windows 8, got tossed out of Windows 8.1, and now they’re back in Windows 10. Click Start, Settings, Update & security, Backup. Click the link to Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7). Most of the time it’s much smarter to use File History anyway, but if you’re nostalgic — or you don’t want to learn new tricks — the old way still works.

  • You can boot into safe mode if you really want to, but Microsoft makes it very difficult to get there.

Microsoft is deprecating (killing, zapping) all the old backup, restore, system restore, and safe mode options, in favor of completely new (and much easier-to-use) backup and restore options.

All the while, the subtle push is there to store everything in OneDrive, so Microsoft can take care of backing up and restoring.