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How to Fix Windows Backup Keeps Failing

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Jan 27, 2024 • Filed to: Take Data Backup • Proven solutions

Making backups is a daily task for many users, however, this is still decisive due to the importance of having a copy of your files in a safe place to be calm before any event or unforeseen that can affect the information that you have stored on your computer. Currently, there are various options for making backups, however, there are people who prefer to use the native Windows tool (Windows Image Backup). In this post, we will review how to solve the flaws that this tool can present and a very safe alternative using professional software.

Part 1: Methods to Fix Windows Backup Keeps Failing

Q: I have been backing up my data with Windows System Image Backup for more than one year. Since some days ago, my new files haven't been backed up but I don't know why. Could you please help me?

In the past, users had to manually copy their information to a disk or storage device if they wanted to reinstall Windows, and, additionally, they had to install again every program which became a cumbersome and time-consuming process, however, this practice is almost non-existent today thanks to the fact that you can back up the operating system, and there are various methods to do so.

System backups have become a common process for any computer user, who, thanks to this task, will be able to keep a copy of their information safe, in addition to the fact that, in case it is necessary to reinstall Windows, the installation will include the updates the user made, so he will not have to install again all of his programs or copy and paste his files.

As of today, there are many methods of making backups, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and have more functions for the convenience of users. There are many types of these methods, the most common being file hosting services, also known as "clouds", which are online platforms where you don't need a disk or a storage device to save your backup, however, they don't have the feature to back up your system. There is also specialized software to do this procedure, being AOMEI, for example, a very reliable option to keep your information safe.

Some users prefer to use the native Windows tool, which is Windows Image Backup since it comes pre-installed with the Windows 10 or Windows 7 operating system, it is practical and has the basics to back up your system. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for it to have faults or errors, so you should be aware of what may interrupt the backup process.

Part 2: Why Windows Backup Keeps Failing?

Windows 7/10 works with many processes at the same time, which are not exempt from presenting errors, an aspect that can interfere with the system backup process. Below, I will mention some problems that may arise and explain how to solve them:

  1. Not to enable System Protection: System Protection is a function implemented by Windows that stores and saves information about your applications, programs, documents, settings, and other processes. This function is totally necessary to make your Windows backup, otherwise it will simply be interrupted. Verify that you have System Protection activated so that the system backup does not have any problem.
  2. WindowsImageBackup folder hinders system backup: Windows Image Backup needs a folder for this to be the destination of the information. Occasionally, this folder can interfere with the system backup and can be due to the Windows Image Backup folder having a corrupt file or being incorrectly linked in the backup process. Deleting it and creating a new one is a reliable option.
  3. Corrupted files cause Windows backup failure: Corrupted files are damaged files which content is improperly organized, missing data, or contains information that cannot be processed. A file can be corrupted by many factors, the most common are operating system malfunctions, modifications made by viruses or by an application. Because these types of files cannot be interpreted correctly, Windows Image Backup will have difficulties processing the information and consequently, Windows backup will be affected. If you have a corrupt file, check if you can replace it with the same one but in its correct version, otherwise you will have to delete it so that your system backup continues.

Part 3: How to Fix Windows Backup Keeps Failing?

If your Windows backup fails then I will show you two ways to fix such problems. All you have to do is follow the steps that will be shown:

Method 1: Enable System Protection

Step 1: Open restore point tool


Click on the Windows icon and then type "system restore" on the search bar. Now click on "Create a restore point."

Step 2: Open System Protection settings


In this window, click on the "Configure…" button to open System Protection settings.

Step 3: Customize and enable


In this section, click on the blank circle next to "Turn on system protection," then click the blue arrow hold it to the left or right to select the max usage space of your disk for system protection. After you finish, click on "Apply" and finally click on "OK."

Method 2: Delete WindowsImageBackup Folder

Step 1: Go to Windows Image Backup Folder location


Go to the location of your system backup, if you don't know it, you can open "File History" in the Control Panel in the System Image Backup section. You can see that here is the WindosImageBackup folder.

Step 2: Delete the folder


Delete the "Windows Image Backup" folder by right-clicking it and selecting "Delete" or just select it and type "Supr."

Method 3: Repair corrupted files

Step 1: Open Command Prompt tool


Click on the Windows icon and then type "cmd", right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator".

Step 2: Type the corresponding command


In the Command Prompt window, type SFC/scannow and press "enter."

Step 3: Wait and check results


The command prompt will make a scan and it will replace the corrupted files. If everything was right, a message will be shown saying "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations" or "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them", which determines that there are no corrupted files in your system. Now you just have to reboot your system. On the other hand, if there's a message which states that there is a corrupted or unfound file, follow the next steps.

Step 4: Type the corresponding command


Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth and press "enter" to begin the process.

Step 5: Wait and restart your system


The typed command will make use of Windows Update to provide the necessary files to fix your corrupted files. Afterward, just reboot your computer.

Part 4: How to Backup System in Windows with Software?

Windows Image Backup may be a comfortable tool that offers what is necessary to make a system backup, however, it is common to have errors, and the features it has are very limited. If you want to make sure that your Windows backup will have no problems and you require a procedure that suits your needs, AOMEI Backupper is the software you need. It is a professional program for Windows 7/10 that will help you carry out this task without any problem, in addition to having a host of functions for optimal synchronization.

Step 1: Go to "System Backup"


Once you have opened the program, go to the "Backup" section, and once there, select the "System Backup" option.

Step 2: Choose a target location


Once you have selected the "System Backup" option AOMEI Backupper will show you the storage devices that are on your system. All you have to do is select a destination location by clicking on the folder icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Start "Backup"


Everything is ready. You can click "Start Backup" to start the backup process. If you want to discard a device or scheduled backups, you can click on the options found in the lower-left side of the window. (Options / Schedule / Scheme).


Making Windows backups is a task that may seem simple, however, an error or problem in the process can lead to very important information and files not being backed up in an indicated way, leaving the user data vulnerable, who will have to fully relying on no undesirable events to occur so that his information is not lost. Although Windows Image Backup is a reliable basic tool, using AOMEI Backupper software will help you to carry out your system backup without problems and in a very comfortable and efficient way.

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