Windows 7 Backup and Restore Blank Screen? Here Are Fixes!

Have you ever encountered the Windows 7 Backup and Restore blank screen problem? Are you looking for a solution to it? You are in the right place. This article discusses all possible reasons and effective methods to solve the problem.

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Updated by Daisy on Jul 20, 2023
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 Possible Reasons Why Window 7 Backup and Restore Blank Screen
 Solutions to Fix Windows 7 Backup and Restore Not Working
 Backup and Restore Alternative - EaseUS Todo Backup
 FAQ About Windows 7 Backup and Restore Blank

"My Backup and Restore in control panel of Windows 7 is blank ant action center showing error that backup was fail and when i click on option which is showing in action center that " run your back up" is also not work."


"I've got another strange problem with Windows 7: When I open the 'Backup and Restore' in the control panel, I just get an empty window without any content. I can't use the backup and restore feature. Maybe somebody has an idea what could be wrong?"


These two questions are quoted from popular forums on the subject of Windows 7 Backup and Restore blank screen or not working. Have you encountered the same confusion as them? Are you wondering how to solve this problem effectively? You are in the right place. Please keep reading, and we'll explain why the problem occurs and practical solutions.

Windows 7 Backup and Restore Blank

Possible Reasons Why Window 7 Backup and Restore Blank Screen

Before getting into specific solutions, we'd better find the cause, which will help us solve the problem in a more targeted manner. 

Many reasons can lead to the Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature not working or showing a blank screen. The following are some of the most common ones.

  • System File Corruption: If your system file corruption can also cause problems with Backup and Restore. To fix this, you can run the System File Checker tool to scan for and replace any corrupted system files.
  • Antivirus Software: Antivirus software running on the computer can resist some Trojan files, viruses, malware, and other intrusions into the computer, resulting in data loss, performance degradation, and system downtime. However, while running, it may hijack Windows Backup and Restore, thus causing it not to work properly.
  • Third-Party Software: Another possible reason is that some third-party software, especially some with potential security risks, will cause Backup and Restore not to work correctly. You need to close or uninstall it and try again.

3 Solutions to Fix Windows 7 Backup and Restore Not Working

Based on the possible causes of the Windows 7 Backup and Restore blank screen, we have found three methods to try to solve the problem. Here we go.

Method 1. Perform SFC Scan on Your Computer

As mentioned above, system file corruption is one reason for the windows 7 backup and restore blank screen. Thus, you can run System File Checker (SFC) to scan for any corrupted system files and replace them with new healthy files. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Make sure you have an administrator account on your computer. If not, please create one.

Step 2. Press Windows logo and R together, then type cmd and click OK. (Or, you can type cmd in the search box from the Start menu and then press Enter to open Command Prompt as administrator.)

type cmd

Step 3. In the Command Prompt window, type sfc/scannow and press Enter.

type sfc/scannow

Step 4. Wait for the scanning process to complete. Once it's done, restart your computer and see if the windows 7 backup and restore not working problem has been solved.

Method 2. Change the Startup Type to Automatic

Backup and Restore may be hijacked by some software, so we can change the Startup type into Automatic to fix the problem.

Step 1. Press Windows logo and R together, type services.msc, and click OK. 

type services.msc

Step 2. In the pop-up window, scroll down to find Windows Backup and double-click it. 

find windows backup

Step 3. Here you can see the general setting of Windows Backup. Find Startup Type volume, change it to Automatic, and click OK.

change the startup type to Automatic

Method 3. Temporarily Turn off or Uninstall Security Application

If you have installed some third-party software on your computer that is not compatible with Windows 7 or is considered a potential security risk. In that case, this may cause windows 7 Backup and Restore not to work. In this case, you can try to end or uninstall the software. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc three keys together to open Task Manager. You can see what applications are running in the background. 

open task manager

Step 2. Find and select the software you want to turn off and click End task. 

If the problem still exists, you can try to uninstall it. Follow the steps:

Step 1. Go to Control Panel, find Program and Features, and then click uninstall a program. 

uninstall the program

Step 2. Find and select the software you want to remove, and click Uninstall to start the process.  

Step 3. When uninstallation finishes, restart Windows 7 Backup and Restore to check it.

Backup and Restore Alternative - EaseUS Todo Backup

Backup and Restore in Windows 7 provides users with a built-in solution to create a backup for files and folders or make an image backup for the system. It can restore the system or files to the previous state when you encounter problems with the computer.

However, Windows 7 Backup and Restore can only meet primary backup and restore needs. You will no longer be satisfied if you want to use more backup options like incremental backup and differential backup, backup to Cloud, NAS, etc. Besides, Backup and Restore will back up files or systems in an archive form to your computer or external hard drive, which requires a lot of internal or external storage space, and you cannot use the backed-up files directly. You need to perform a restore before using them.

In addition to this, this feature does not guarantee 100% error-free creation of system images, such as the Windows 7 Backup and Restore blank screen issue addressed in our article. So, in order to have a variety of backup options and make the backup process more manageable, many people choose to use backup software. EaseUS Todo Backup is one of the most used and well-received backup tools.

EaseUS Todo Backup, this professional, free backup software, will save you from these troubles. It provides free 250G of cloud storage space, and you can directly use the backed-up files without restoring them. It is very helpful when you need a specific video, audio, photo, etc., because you don't need to restore the whole system.

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It also supports many other functions like incremental and differential backups. We make a comprehensive comparison of Windows 7 Backup and Restore and EaseUS Todo Backup in the table below:

Comparison Backup and Recovery EaseUS Todo Backup Free
Backup Source
  • System
  • Files
  • File
  • Disk/Partition
  • Operating System
  • Mail
Backup Destination
  • Local Drive
  • External Hard Drive
  • Local Drive
  • External Hard Drive
  • EaseUS Cloud
  • NAS
Schedule Backup Yes  Yes 
Incremental Backup & Differential Backups No  Yes 
Automatic Backup Yes Yes 
Encryption Backup No  Yes
Free Cloud Storage No Yes
Ready-to-Use Backup No Yes

You have good reasons to choose EaseUS Todo Backup to make your backup simple and easy. It takes advantage of multiple available backup options compared with Backup and Restore in Windows 7. Don't worry about fees because you can use it to back up everything on your PC for free. 


Now, you know why Windows 7 Backup and Restore blank screen or not working issue occurs and how to fix it. However, as you know, Windows 7 Backup and Restore can't satisfy various backup options. 

EaseUS Todo Backup is an excellent alternative tool to Backup and Restore with multiple backup solutions. This software is also compatible with Windows 11, 10, and 8 to make sure your data in Windows is safe and recoverable. Try it and make your backup process easier.

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FAQ About Windows 7 Backup and Restore Blank

1. Why is System Restore not working in Windows 7?

The reason for System Restore not working in Windows 7 may be the same as Backup and Restore. It may be affected by antivirus software or third-party software running on your computer. So, you need to uninstall or disable it and check again.

2. How can I backup my entire Windows 7?

Using the Backup and Restore feature will take much time and space, so it would be better to use backup software with simple steps. Launch the software, create Create Backup and select OS as backup content, select the saved place, and finally click Backup Now to start. 

3. Where is Windows 7 Backup and Restore?

To find the Backup and Restore feature in Windows 7, follow the path: Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore. You can use it to backup system, or a single folder and file.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Larissa

Larissa has rich experience in writing technical articles. After joining EaseUS, she frantically learned about data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and other related knowledge. Now she is able to master the relevant content proficiently and write effective step-by-step guides on computer issues.

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