May 31

How to Do it Yourself: Establish Data Recovery Processes on Windows 11

Having a robust data recovery process ensures that your business can quickly recover from data loss incidents. This guide will show you how to set up and maintain data recovery processes on Windows 11, aligning with CIS Control 10.5 (Data Recovery Capabilities).


Before you begin, ensure that you:

  • Have a device running Windows 11.
  • Are logged in with an administrator account.

Step 1 — Opening Settings

First, open the Settings app.

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Select the Settings icon (it looks like a gear).

Step 2 — Navigating to Backup Settings

Next, navigate to the Backup settings.

  1. In the Settings window, click on System in the left-hand menu.
  2. Click on Storage.
  3. Scroll down and click on Advanced storage settings.
  4. Select Backup options.

Step 3 — Setting Up File History

Set up File History to regularly back up your files.

  1. Add a Drive: Under Backup options, click on Add a drive.
  2. Select a Backup Drive: Choose an external drive or a network location to store your backups.
  3. Turn On File History: Toggle the switch to turn on File History. This will start backing up your files automatically.

Step 4 — Configuring Backup Settings

Customize your backup settings to ensure all critical data is backed up.

  1. More Options: Click on More options under File History.
  2. Backup Frequency: Set how often you want to back up your files (e.g., every hour, daily).
  3. Retention Period: Set how long you want to keep your backups (e.g., until space is needed, forever).
  4. Folders to Backup: Ensure that all important folders are included in the backup. Add any additional folders if necessary.

Step 5 — Creating System Image Backups

For a complete recovery solution, create system image backups.

  1. Control Panel: Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Backup and Restore: Click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
  3. Create a System Image: In the left-hand menu, click on Create a system image.
  4. Select Backup Location: Choose a location to save the system image (external drive, DVDs, or network location).
  5. Start Backup: Follow the prompts to create the system image. This may take some time, depending on the size of your system.

Why Data Recovery Processes Matter

Having a solid data recovery process ensures that you can quickly restore lost data, minimizing downtime and potential data loss. This step is crucial for maintaining business continuity.

Related CIS Control

This step satisfies CIS Control 10.5: Data Recovery Capabilities, which focuses on ensuring that data recovery processes are in place and regularly tested.

By following these steps, you can establish a reliable data recovery process for your Windows 11 systems. Stay tuned for more tips on managing your business's cybersecurity risk effectively.

For more details on securing your business, check out our CyberGuardian Blueprint.


CIS Controls, Cybersecurity, Data Recovery, Windows 11 Security

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