Understanding Windows 8 Backup System

Introduction

 
In this article, we are explaining how the Windows 8 Backup system differs from Windows 7. In Windows 8 the file history replaces the Windows 7 Windows backup. If we use Windows backup and update to Windows 8, then we will see many differences. Windows 8 provides a new revamped backup system. Today, only 5% of PCs use Windows backup. The new file history system works automatically in the background and is designed to be simple to set up.
 
Step 1
 
First, we start the Windows 8 start screen.
 
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Step 2
 
Click the desktop and open the Control Panel.
 
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Step 3
 
We select the Windows 7 file recovery and open it.
 
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Step 4
 
When we enter the Windows 7 file recovery page then we click Set up a backup in the Windows 8 Control Panel.
 
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Step 5
 
Select where we want to save our backup to.
 
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Step 6
 
After this process, we select the Let me choose the radio button.
 
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Step 7
 
With Windows 7, we can back up any file (such as personal files, programs files, and also system files) from our PCs. If we restore our PCs in the future, then we create a full system image. Then we choose our recovery data.
 
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Step 8
 
After this process, we can no longer create full system images, and we can't back up everything on our hard drive. We can only back up files in your libraries, files on your desktop, your contacts, and your browser favorites. Windows 8 File History is designed to protect user's personal files which are generally irreplaceable.
 
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If we want to back up a folder elsewhere on our hard disk, we can add it to a library and tell Windows 8 to back up that library.
 
Step 9
 
Then we continue Backup and review our backup setting.
 
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Step 10
 
When setting up a backup in Windows 8, the default is a continuous backup that automatically takes a snapshot of the latest versions of our files every hour.
 
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Step 11
 
Restoring files from File History documents.
 
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Step 12
 
You can restore a previous version of a file by right-clicking it and using its properties window, but this previous version of a file may come from elsewhere, such as a system restore point – not necessarily from a backup taken with Windows Backup.
 
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Step 13
 
Windows 8's File History also has some other features that work with the way people actually use backups.
 
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For example, it's easier to set up – when we connect an external hard drive, we'll be asked whether we want to use it for backup. We can no longer use an internal drive for backups – we'll need an external drive or network location. This helps enforce good backup practice – there's no sense backing up our files to another partition on the same hard disk; we'll lose everything if the hard disk fails.
 

Summary

 
In this article, we learned about Understanding Windows 8 Backup System.