Solutions: Windows 7 Backup on Windows 10 Not Working

Do you want to fix Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working issue? Check out this guide thoroughly to get some quick solutions to resolve the Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working problem.

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Updated by Gemma on Sep 22, 2022

Backup and Restore feature is one of the easiest ways to restore all your Windows 7 or Vista backups on your Windows 10 system. However, many Windows 10 users are currently facing difficulties while restoring previous Windows 7 backups with the help of the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) feature. At the same time, some users are also getting errors while using the File History function to save a copy of all the files stored on the system. They are getting different errors when using these features. Fortunately, these issues can be solved with the help of some workarounds. This article shares some tried and tested solutions to resolve the Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working issue. Thus, thoroughly check the below-mentioned solutions and eliminate this issue.

Why My Windows 7 Backup Can't Work on Windows 10

There could be several reasons for the improper functioning of the Backup & Restore feature. Here are some common culprits expected to cause the Windows 7 backup on Windows 11 not working issue. 

  • File History Service Not Working
  • Issues With the Hard Drive
  • Corrupted System Files
  • Disk Errors
  • Potential Virus or Malware Attack
  • Issues With Old Backups
  • Improper Functioning Of Volume Shadow Copy

How to Fix Windows 7 Backup on Windows 10 Not Working (14 Fixes)

Here in this section, we have mentioned over twelve workarounds to resolve the Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working issue.

  1. 1. Enable File History Service and Windows Search
  2. 2. Disable and Enable System Protection
  3. 3. Enable Volume Shadow Copy
  4. 4. Manually Remove Old Backups
  5. 5. Use Chkdsk Command
  6. 6. Enable Windows Backup Service
  7. 7. Make Sure 'Automatically back up my files' is Turned On
  8. 8. Run Virus Scan1
  9. 9. Keep Saved Versions to Forever
  10. 10. Adjust the Disk Space Usage
  11. 11. Turn Off & Reset File History
  12. 12. Format the Drive
  13. 13. Change the Drive
  14. 14. Use Third-Party Backup Software

1. Enable File History Service and Windows Search

Some of the most common reasons for this issue is the improper functioning of the File History Service and Windows Search service. These two services hold an essential role in the proper functioning of the Backup and Restore feature. It could be possible these Windows services aren't working correctly, which led to this error. You need to enable the File History Service and Windows Search from Service Manager by following the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard to open the Run program.

Open Run box

Step 2. Type Services.msc in the Search Bar.

Open service

Step 3. Search for File History Service and Windows Search in the Service section.

Search for File History service

Step 4. Right-click on the File History Service and select Properties.

Step 5. Ensure that Service status is set to Running and Startup type is selected to Automatic (Delayed Start).

Startup type Automatic (Delayed Start)

Step 6. You need to follow the same process (Steps 1 to 5) with Windows Search.

Step 7. Reboot your Windows 10 PC and use the Restore & Backup feature again to see whether it's working. 

2. Disable and Enable System Protection

System Protection is a Windows feature that ensures all the data and files stored on your Windows system are safe. Sometimes the System Protection feature stops functioning and indirectly disrupts the function of the Backup and Restore feature. We suggest disabling the System Protection feature once and then re-enabling it to ensure it's working properly this time. Follow along to do the same.

Step 1. Launch the Control Panel.

Step 2. Open the Control Panel and head to the System and Security tab.

System and security

Step 3. Move to the System tab and then the System Protection section.

Choose System

Step 4. Click on Configure button to change the settings.

Step 5. Set Restore Settings to Disable system protection.

Disable system protection

Step 6. Click on Apply.

Step 7. Open the System Protection settings again and set Restore Settings to Turn on system protection.

Step 8. In the end, click on Apply and close the window.

Step 9. Restart the PC.

3. Enable Volume Shadow Copy

Volume Shadow Copy is an essential Windows service that helps the Backup and Restore feature work properly. It is found that sometimes this service stops working due to some reason. Hence, you must follow the steps mentioned to enable the Volume Shadow Copy service.

Step 1. Open the Services app.

Open Service app

Step 2. Search for the Volume Shadow Copy service in the Services tab.

Volume shadow copy

Step 3. Right-click on the Volume Shadow Copy service and click on Properties.

Step 4. Head to the Dependencies tab in the Properties section.

Dependencies tab

Step 5. Once landed in the Dependencies section, ensure that this service is running.

4. Manually Remove Old Backups

Your old backups and restore points may be preventing you from importing the Windows 7 data backup. In that case, we suggest removing all the old backups to ensure this will not cause any error. You can manually remove all the old backups from the System Protection settings. Follow the below-mentioned steps to remove the old backups.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel app from the Windows Search Bar.

Step 2. Move to the System and Security in the Control Panel.

Step 3. Open the System settings and then the System Protection tab.

Open System and System Protection

Step 4. Click on Configure to delete the old backups and restore points.

Step 5. Click on Delete to remove all the stored backups.

Delete restore point

Step 6. On the next window, click on Continue to completely delete all the backups.

Click Continue

Step 7. Click on Apply and then OK to close the window.

5. Use Chkdsk Command

Sometimes the Backup and Restore function stops operating due to some disk errors. You can scan and repair your disk errors by executing the Chkdsk disk error command in Command Prompt. Follow the below-mentioned steps to know the exact steps.

Step 1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

Step 2. Type chkdsk /r X: in the Command Prompt and hit the Enter key.

Note: Here, X represents the letter assigned to your hard disk. Replace the X with the hard disk letter you want to scan for errors.

Step 3. Once done, enter the Y in the Command Prompt to schedule the scan for the next time you start the PC.

Step 4. Reboot the PC, and don't press any key. Your system will automatically enter the scanning mode and scan and fix disk errors.

Step 5. That's it. Try restoring the Windows 7 backup on your Windows 10 PC using the same feature.

6. Enable Windows Backup Service

Windows Backup service is a crucial service that enables us to generate and import Windows 7 and Windows Vista backups. You need to enable the Windows Backup service from the Services app, and the below-mentioned steps demonstrate the same.

Step 1. Open the Services app.

Step 2. Look for the Windows Backup service in the Services tab.

Windows Backup in Service

Step 3. Right-click on the Windows Backup service and choose Properties.

Step 4. Set Service status to Start, and ensure Startup type is selected to Manual.

Step 5. Click on Apply and then OK.

Step 6. Once done, restart the PC and try generating a backup again.

7. Make Sure 'Automatically back up my files' is Turned On

If you are wondering why your Windows 10 system isn't generating backup automatically, there is a possibility you might haven't enabled the automatic backup generation feature. You can enable the Automatically back up my files option following the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. Head to the Update and security settings from the left-navigation menu.

Step 3. Select Backup and enable the Automatically back up my files option.

8. Run Virus Scan

One of the common reasons for this issue is infected files and viruses. We suggest running a quick virus scan using the Virus & threat protection tool. Follow the below-mentioned steps to check the same.

Step 1. Open the Virus & threat protection through Windows Search Bar.

Step 2. Click on Quick Scan to let the scan for the virus and malware threats.

Quick scan in current threats

Step 3. Wait for the results and see if the scan finds any virus. If it finds any virus, clear or quarantine all the infected files and attempt the backup generation again.

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9. Keep Saved Versions to Forever

Changing Keep saved versions settings can also possibly resolve the issue. Follow the below-mentioned steps to modify the Keep saved versions setting.

Step 1. Head to Control panel > System and Security > File history.

Step 2. Click on Advanced settings.

Step 3. Set Keep saved versions option to Forever (Default).

10. Adjust the Disk Space Usage

It could be possible that you have allotted all your disk space to programs and applications, and nothing remains for the backups to store. It is likely the reason for the Windows 7 backup on Windows 11 not working issue. You need to make sure that some disk space is available to store and import your Windows 7 backups and other essential tasks. Follow the mentioned steps to adjust the disk space usage in Windows 10.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel and open the System and Security settings.

Step 2. Click on System Protection in the System settings.

Step 3. Click on the Change settings button.

Step 4. Select Configure to modify the disk space usage.

Step 5. Use the slider in the Disk Space Usage section to adjust the maximum usage per your needs.

Step 6. Set the Disk Space Usage to 15% to ensure that system gets enough space to create and store backups.

Step 7. Click on the Apply button and close the window.

11. Turn Off & Reset File History

Some users said that disabling and re-enabling File History can also fix the same problem. Follow the mentioned steps to disable the File History option.

Step 1. Open the Control Panel and then open the System and Security settings.

Step 2. Open File History and click on Turn off to disable the File History.

12. Format the Drive

In some cases, repairing the disk errors using the Chkdsk command resolves the Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working issue. In case it isn't the same in your case, we suggest formatting your hard disk and bringing it back to the new state. Follow the below-mentioned to know how to format the hard disk on Windows 10.

Step 1. Press Windows + R key combination to open the Run program.

Step 2. Type diskmgmt.msc in the Search Bar.

Run disk management

Step 3. You will now see all the drives connected to your PC.

Step 4. Right-click on an internal and external hard drive you want to format.

Step 5. Select Format from the contextual menu.

Step 6. Enter the drive name in the Volume label text box.

Step 7. Select the preferred file type in the File system option.

Step 8. Lastly, click on the OK button.

13. Change the Drive

Even after trying all the mentioned resolutions, the Windows 7 Backup on Windows 10 Not Working issue doesn't go. We will suggest using another drive to save the Windows 7 to another drive and then using it to transfer it to your Windows 10 PC. This will most probably resolve the issue.

14. Use Third-Party Backup Software

As a last resort, you can use third-party backup software to take regular backups and transfer them with ease. Besides this, using third-party backup software is always a safer option as you don't know when your Windows system will stop taking automated backups. But, in the case of third-party backup tools, you won't face any issues while generating system backups. There are different third-party backup software available for Windows 10.

We recommend using the EaseUS Todo Backup due to its exclusive features, such as 250GB of free cloud storage. This tool is freely available and lets you easily perform all basic to advanced backup generation tasks. You can use EaseUS Todo to take unlimited backups and store them in 250GB worth of free cloud storage. Fortunately, it also supports automatic backups, so you never need to worry about system backups.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Create Backup" on the home page, click "Select backup contents".

create system backup step1

Step 2. Among the four available categories, click "OS" to start back up.

create system backup step2

Step 3. The system partition will be automatically selected, you only need to select the location.

create system backup step3

Step 4. Local Drive, Cloud, and NAS are available for you to save the backup file. You can also connect an external hard drive to preserve the system backup files.

create system backup step5

Step 5. You can customize the settings in "Options" at the left bottom. After that, click "Backup Now", and the process will begin.

create system backup step 5

*After finishing the backup process, you can check the backup status, recover, open, or delete the backup by right-clicking the backup task on the left.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Windows 7 Backup Still Work With Windows 10?

You can still use your Windows 7 and Windows Vista backup on your Windows 10 system using the Windows 10's Backup & Restore feature.

2. Why Does My Windows 7 Backup Keep Failing?

It could be possible that there are some issues with your internal and external hard disk. You can try executing the disk error command. Another thing you can do is try formatting your internal and external hard disk.

Final Words

We can understand how frustrating it could be when you are trying to restore your Windows 7 data on your Windows 10 system, continuously facing failures. There could be several reasons for this issue. We shared some of the best working solutions with you to resolve this issue. You can try implementing the above-mentioned solutions to overcome the Windows 7 backup on Windows 10 not working issue.

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Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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