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How to Backup a Surface Pro X – all files, profiles, settings and personalization

In this article, we’ll learn how to backup a Surface Pro X.

Surface Pro X is an unusual system, since it does not use an Intel or AMD processor commonly used in PCs. Instead, it uses an ARM processor, SQ1. This means that many traditional applications cannot run on it. This includes PC backup applications as well. Luckily, there is a solution.

We will show how to set up a complete backup of your Surface Pro X, which will automatically backup your entire Surface, including program files, user settings, profiles, emails, documents, pictures, music, favorites – everything you’ve got. And it fully supports ARM systems like Surface Pro X.

How to backup a Surface Pro X – to external drive, to NAS or to Cloud

The product we will be using here is Zinstall FullBack Pro. It maintains an always up to date, complete backup of your entire ARM laptop, and keeps it safe at all times.

Here is how to set it up:

  1. Download and run FullBack Pro to your Surface (you can get a free trial of the backup software here).
  2. Click the “Turn On” button.
  3. If you have a USB external drive connected, it will automatically backup your Surface to the USB drive. Of course, with a highly mobile system such as the Surface, you don’t have to use a USB drive; FullBack will offer you a choice of available backup destinations, such as network drives, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3 and so on.Backup to OneDrive
  4. That’s it! Everything is automatic from now on.

It really is that simple to keep your entire laptop safe.

Video: How To Backup a Surface Pro X laptop

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Complete Backup, Complete Restore

So, what happens now?

Zinstall FullBack will first make a full backup of the entire computer.

After that, it will keep backing up the changes as you make them. So if you change a file, or install a new program, your backup will be updated with those changes. This is all done completely automatically. In fact, you probably won’t even feel it running. It is very efficient in handling just the changes made, and even protects the health of your hard drive, by minimizing the amount of reads and writes to it (this makes the drive live longer!)

If you get disconnected from your backup destination, that’s OK – Zinstall will patiently wait until you connect it again and continue backing everything up, automatically.

Of course, the real reason you have a backup is the restore part. How do you restore a single file that you’ve misplaced? And how do you restore everything if your computer crashes? Read on to find out.

How to restore a file that I’ve accidentally deleted?

So you were working on an important document, and now it’s gone. Fear not – that’s exactly why you have set up an automatic backup of your entire Surface Pro X! Here is what you do:

Restore files

  1. Open your Zinstall FullBack’s Restore wizard.
  2. If you remember the file’s name, just type it into the search box. It will appear below.
  3. If you don’t remember what the file was called, but do remember where it was, you can browse your backup files, and find your file like that.
  4. Once you have the file, just hit restore – and it will appear exactly where it was, up to date!

That’s it – your file is back and unharmed.


Surface Pro X does not have a lot of options for backup. This does not mean that you can skimp on it; any laptop can crash, even a Surface. Now, you can get it completely protected, and it takes about 5 minutes to set that up. You will thank yourself later for investing those 5 minutes today.

Ready to backup your entire Surface Pro X?

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