Windows Backup is a system component to Back up your Windows PC. This system component provides a solution for users to back up certain files and folders, as well as settings, credentials, and apps to the cloud through a single interface. For example, the Documents folder along with the Desktop may be backed up to the cloud. This helps users achieve peace-of-mind knowing that their data is recoverable even if something happens to their physical device.
Additionally, when users switch to a new Windows device, they can restore their backed-up data to the new device and continue from where they left off.
Currently, the Windows Backup app is primarily focused for Consumer devices. For example, devices that can be used by signing into a personal Microsoft account (MSA) such as *@outlook.com , *@live.com, and so on.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Because Windows Backup is a system component, it was installed to assist users to back up their data to the cloud. However, Windows Backup is only available for users that log-in with a MSA account and not for Microsoft Entra ID (formerly known as Azure AD) or Active Directory (AD) users. Windows Backup is installed by Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates released on and after August 22, 2023. For example, Windows Backup was installed by the following Windows updates and later Windows updates:
For more information about Windows Backup, see Backup and Restore in Windows. Additionally, see the following references for backing up and restoring your device:
By design, Windows Backup is not supported for Microsoft Entra ID or Active Directory (AD) users. If you try to run Windows Backup in this scenario, you will receive the error message "This feature is not supported by your organization." Additionally, Windows Backup will not run if your MSA account is blocked by Group Policy. For more information about Windows Backup, see Backup and Restore in Windows.
Because Windows Backup is a system component, it cannot be removed. However, we will be releasing a future Windows Update that prevents Windows Backup from appearing on certain user interface (UI) screens for Microsoft Entra ID or Active Directory (AD) users that run the Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions of Windows 10 or Windows 11. For example, after the future Windows update is installed, Windows Backup will not appear in the “All apps” or “Installed apps” lists.