Download of the day: AOMEI Backupper Standard

Our daily pick of the best free Windows software – a brilliant backup app that takes the stress out of protecting your valuable files

A virus infection, a drive crash, theft, a carelessly-placed cup of coffee – there are so many ways your valuable data can be lost or damaged, it's essential to have a backup routine in place.

Making backups can be a real chore, but AOMEI Backupper Standard is incredibly straightforward, and so well designed that even a complete novice will have their whole system and files safely saved in no time, with a regular schedule to make sure it's all kept up to date.

Why you need it

AOMEI Backupper Standard can back up your entire Windows system as an ISO file, or disc image, which you can burn to a bootable DVD or CD using a free app like ImgBurn.

Key features

ISO and file backups

Easy set-and-forget configuration

Automatic scheduled backups

Event-triggered backups

If you find that your system becomes unstable, or you can't load Windows, just boot from this disc to restore your system to a stable state. It's more reliable than Windows' own System Restore option, and you won't need to reinstall your operating system, settings and programs from scratch.

You can also use AOMEI Backupper to back up your files. There are three types of file backup available:

  • Full, which makes a complete copy of all the selected data.
  • Differential, which makes a copy of all the data that has been added or changed since the last full backup.
  • Incremental, which makes a copy of the data that has been added or changed since the last backup – whether that backup was full or incremental.

To restore your files, you'll need the last full backup, as well as either the most recent differential backup, or all incremental backups.

With AOMEI Backupper Standard, you can schedule regular backups of your most commonly used files or directories, and save the backups in a location of your choice. Then, if disaster strikes, you can use the software to restore them all with just a couple of clicks. AOMEI Backupper can test the integrity of your backups once they're complete, and can shut down your PC automatically once it's finished.

AOMEI Backupper Standard

There are many free backup tools around, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that's easier to use than AOMEI Backupper Standard. Just set it and forget it, and your essential data will be protected if the worst happens.


Cat is TechRadar's downloads editor. She's been a tech journalist for six years on magazines including PC Plus, Official Windows, PC Format and Windows: Help & Advice (with a brief stint in PR for the nuclear industry in between). If you have a question about software, drop her a line!