How to Disable Windows 7 Backup - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Once you have configured Windows Backup to run automatically, why would you ever want to disable it? Well, perhaps because you know you are going to need to get some work done when the backup would normally run. You have no way to postpone a backup, but you can turn off the backup program, essentially disabling automatic backup. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. Choose Back Up Your Computer (beneath the System and Security heading).

  3. Click the Turn Off Schedule link, found on the left side of the window.

  4. If you’re assaulted by a UAC warning, click the Continue button or type the administrator’s password.

  5. Close the Backup Status and Configuration window.

To resume the backup schedule again, choose the link Turn On Schedule, found near the bottom of the Backup part of the window.

  • Backup programs don’t run when you turn them off.

  • Turning off the backup program is one way to suppress the continual pop-up messages about missing the backup. For example, on your laptop, you may want to turn off the backup program when you are on the road. Upon returning home, you can turn on backup again.