Windows 7 backup - How to select which files to backup

I just went into Windows 7 Backup and when I pressed Backup now, it just started backing up.  
How can I specify which files to backup?
Sometimes I just want to back up specific files.
brothertruffle880Asked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

rindiCommented:
When you have selected the location you want to backup to, and clicked on "Next", you can either use the default option "Let Windows Choose", or the other option, "Let me choose". Select "Let me choose" there. After that you can select or deselect the folders you want to backup. It only allows you to select folders, not single files.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In addition to what rindi said, you can organize main folders so that you only need to pick one main folder. Most user data, for example, is in the user folder, and you may choose not to back up c:\windows or c:\program files. These can easily be rebuilt from the recovery partition.
0
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Best if you use third party backup tool such as Backup & Recovery 14 Free: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
It makes things more flexible and straightforward. Plus you get a compressed backup image and most important you can create separate backup directories with a normal names on your backup storage drive.
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@brothertruffle880  - Thank you and I was happy to help.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.