How to Change the Configuration of Windows Vista Backup

By Dan Gookin

There are a number of reasons that you may want to modify your computer’s backup routine. You may want to back up more often, change the set of files to back up, name a different drive to back up from or to, or change the time of the backup.

To change the backup routine, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Backup Status and Configuration window.

    From the Start Menu, All Programs→Accessories→System Tools→Backup Status and Configuration.

  2. Choose the Back Up Now button from the left side of the Backup Status and Configuration window.

  3. Click the big Change Backup Settings button.

  4. If prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) warning, click the Continue button or type the administrator’s password to proceed.

  5. Work through the wizard to reset whatever backup options need resetting.

    As when you first configured the backup, you choose the external backup media, decide what to back up, set the schedule, and select other options.

    A backup takes place immediately after you make changes; sit back and watch.

  6. Click the Close button when the backup has completed, and then you can close the Backup window.