How to view the status of a Windows 10 backup

For some really inexplicable reason, there is no progress bar when doing a backup using the built-in backup feature in Windows 10. This is really annoying for me, since I do the backup to a NAS that I normally do not have turned on and I therefore need to know when I can turn it off. I also need to know when it is safe to turn off the computer running the backup.

There is a non-obvious trick however.

In the backup settings, click on “Go to backup and Restore (Windows 7)”:

This brings up a window where there is a progress bar showing the progress of the current backup (if any):

Backup status window

2 thoughts on “How to view the status of a Windows 10 backup

  1. This answer is no longer valid after the last Windows 10 update. The panes look different, access to them has changed and the progress bar does not appear. All you get now is a statement that says that data is being backed up, but there’s clue as to how much has been backed up or how much more there is to go or if in fact the process has stalled

  2. My Windows 10 installation is fully updated and the backup progress bar still appears, so there is probably some other reason why you do not see it.

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