On Windows 10, Windows Backup (Backup and Restore) is a legacy tool that has been around since Windows 7, and it’s been designed to create and restore full and differential backups of files or the entire system.
Although the tool has been deprecated, it continues to be available on Windows 10, and many users still use it to backup files or create full backups in case rollback is necessary after an upgrade or hardware failure.
The only caveat is that if you’re having problems with Windows Backup, or you don’t want to use it anymore, you won’t find an option to reset its settings. However, if you want to start over or disable the feature, you can complete this task with a few commands.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the settings of the legacy Windows Backup feature to its defaults on Windows 10.
How to reset settings on Windows Backup
To reset the Windows Backup settings to its defaults, use these steps:
Open Start on Windows 10.
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to delete the Windows Backup registry entry and press Enter:
reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsBackup /f
Type the following command to delete automatic backup scheduled task and press Enter:
schtasks /delete /tn "Microsoft\Windows\WindowsBackup\AutomaticBackup" /f
Type the following command to delete the backup monitor scheduled task and press Enter:
schtasks /delete /tn "Microsoft\Windows\WindowsBackup\Windows Backup Monitor" /f
Once you complete the steps, the “Back up or restore your files” page will reset to its default settings removing any previously configured backup settings allowing to set up a brand new schedule or leave the feature disabled.
This process only resets the settings. It won’t delete previous backups made with the tool. After resetting the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) settings, you’ll need to delete backups manually from the source drive as necessary.