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New Features for Windows 8 Backup Software

12.26.2013
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Most computer users understand the importance of having a software backup system for their important data.  In addition, they know that they want to back up their data frequently in order to make sure that the have the latest versions of critical data files.  Many of these users have taken advantage of the excellent backup and restore capabilities of the Windows 7 operating system software.  Now that Windows 8 has been released for over a year, some users are enjoying the even more powerful backup utilities available in the new operating system.  However, many are still using Windows 7 and only considering an upgrade to Windows 8.  Advanced services that support Windows 8 backup software will make it much easier for all types of users to setup backup systems to protect critical data. Here are some of the improvements on the Windows 8 backup software that may entice Windows 7 user to upgrade to the new system.

File History works in the Background

The replacement for Windows Backup in Windows 7 is now called File History.  It is designed to work in the background, backing up files in real-time, transparently to the user.  Now users do not have to specify backup times explicitly, trying to decide how often data must be saved.  In Windows 8, critical data is backed up as it is generated.  The system performs a new file check every hour, by default.  This setting can be configured to backup more often, if needed.  In this way, if a catastrophic hard drive failure occurs, only the files that are currently open in the system are affected.  All others are safe.  In addition, the background backup processes use almost no PC resources.

The Previous Versions Feature is Streamlined

In general, backup software only saves the latest version of a file.  Because Windows 8 is designed to save only data files rather than entire applications or images, saving previous versions is much more space effective (meaning much more cost effective for purchasing backup media).  In addition, the previous versions of files are accessible directly from File Explorer using the ribbon History button.  This feature is integrated with the functionality of the File Restore Wizard to include files that are stored in System Restore Points as well as standard backups.

Backup Setups are Easier

Specifying an external drive as a backup drive is now part of the standard drive media properties.  When you connect a new external drive, the setup wizard will automatically ask if the drive is a backup target, and make the changes to the configuration automatically.  The status of a drive as a backup target is now part of the right-click Properties window.  In addition, the backup drive can be configured to appear to the entire HomeGroup, allowing any computer in the group to backup to that target.  This makes it much easier to setup a centralized backup system.

Most typical users will find the new system perfect for their needs.  For advanced users or those users that have special backup needs, Windows 8 still supports third party backup solutions.  In this way, users can find and install exactly the type of backup system they need.  Many users will be able to do so for free through Windows 8.

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