Updated: October 16, 2018 | Contains affiliate links

How to ensure your scheduled backup is working under Windows 10

Like many of you, I have upgraded recently to Windows 10, since the upgrade is free for the first year. Soon after however, I have noticed that my nightly photo and media backup has stopped working. Since backing up my photos automatically is crucial for my peace of mind I became concerned because my backup software (SyncBack) kept showing error in the backup status. So, I started investigating…and found the answer.

My Windows 10 nightly backup setup

The program I use for my media backup (SyncBack) allows me to schedule a backup task that runs around midnight every night. This way all my changes during the day are being backed up to my external drive. This setup has been running perfectly for years under Windows 7.

However, Windows 10 has changed the way scheduled background tasks are being run. Windows 10 requires more permissions to run background tasks, and when these permissions are not granted the background task is set to ask for them. So, instead of simply running my backup, Windows 10 would start popping up confirmation windows when I would try running the task manually.

The solution is simple. I need to give more privileges to the background task. Once I did that, my nightly backup task started working normally without giving any errors.

Find your task in the Windows 10 Task Scheduler

One of the new features I like in Windows 10 is the search bar on the bottom left of the screen. You simply type something to search and Windows 10 searches your computer and the Internet as well.

The really cool thing is that you can simply type a program’s name and it comes up in the result list.

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  1. In the windows 10 search bar on the bottom left of the screen type Task Scheduler. Click on the Task Scheduler program in the results list. Task Scheduler will come up and it will look like the picture below.
  2. In the panel to the left find Task Scheduler library and expand it. Inside you will find a folder called 2BrightSparks (which is the maker of the SyncBack software I use). If you use a different program…it will appear here.
  3. Expand this folder until you get to the actual backup task. Then select the task.

Find your backup task in Windows 10 Task Scheduler
Windows 10 Task Scheduler

Give highest privileges to the background task

Once you found the backup task, you need to change one setting. Follow these steps to give highest privileges to your scheduled backup task.

  1. Double click the scheduled task. This will bring up a new window with task properties.
  2. Check the box that says “Run with highest privileges”. Click OK and then close the Task Scheduler.

Set your Windows task to run with highest privileges
Running a task in Windows 10 Task Scheduler

Should you be concerned about backing up your photos?

Absolutely yes! Everyone should invest in a cheap external hard drive and have a local backup task run every night. Then you should use a program that allows you to setup an automatic backup task. Once you do that, make sure that your setup is still working even under Windows 10.

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