How to Backup Data without Booting on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7



You may encounter the computer boot issues once in a while for various reasons, such as driver issues, virus infections etc. When your computer won’t boot, you will worry about the important files on it. Here is a quick and easy way to backup data without booting into Windows, applied to Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7.

Backup Data without Booting on Windows 10. 8.1, 8

Below is the guide to backup data without booting into Windows on Windows 10.

Step 1. Place your Windows installation DVD in the optical drive or insert the bootable USB.

Step 2. Reboot your PC.

Step 3. When you are prompted with the message Press any key to boot from CD or DVD, press any key on your keyboard.

Note: If your system does not show this message, you need to change the boot order in BIOS.

See Also: How to Change the Boot Order in BIOS in Windows

Step 4. In the Windows Setup window, click Repair your Computer.

Step 5. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt.

Step 6. In the Command Prompt window, type notepad.exe and hit Enter.

Step 7. In the Notepad window, click File > Open > All files.

Step 8. Click the Computer option and then copy and paste the important files to a USB flash drive or removable hard drive.

Backup Data without Booting on Windows 7

To backup data without booting into windows on Windows 7, do the following steps:

Step 1. Insert the bootable DVD or USB drive and reboot your PC.

Step 2. When the message Press any key to boot from CD or DVD shows up, press any key to continue.

Note: If you don’t view this message, change the boot sequence in BIOS.

Step 3. In the following screen, click Repair your Computer.

Step 4. Select the Windows installation you want to repair, and then click Next and go to the System Recovery Options window.

Step 5. Select Command Prompt.

Step 6. In the Command Prompt window, type notepad.exe and hit Enter.

Step 7. Once the Notepad application is launched, click on File > Save As to open the Save As dialog.

Step 8. Backup your data.

If you have any ideas or suggestions about how to backup data without booting into Windows, welcome to let us know in the Comment section below.

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