Backup and recovery
Using Windows Backup and Restore
To create a backup using Windows Backup and Restore, follow these steps:
Be sure that the computer is connected to AC power before you start the backup process.
The backup process may take over an hour, depending on file size and the speed of the computer.
1. Select Start > All Programs > Maintenance > Backup and Restore.
2. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up and create a backup.
Windows includes the User Account Control feature to improve the security of your computer. You may be
prompted for your permission or password for tasks such as installing software, running utilities, or changing
Windows settings. Refer to Help and Support for more information.
Using system restore points
When you back up your system, you are creating a system restore point. A system restore point allows you to save
and name a snapshot of your hard drive at a specific point in time. You can then recover back to that point if you
want to reverse subsequent changes made to your system.
Recovering to an earlier restore point does not affect data files saved or e-mails created since the last
You also can create additional restore points to provide increased protection for your system files and settings.
When to create restore points
Before you add or extensively modify software or hardware
Periodically, whenever the system is performing optimally
If you revert to a restore point and then change your mind, you can reverse the restoration.
Maintenance and Service Guide