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Stefan Mileschin 13th July 2012 07:37

Windows 8 features back-up changes
Microsoft has been telling the world and its dog that its new Windows 8 operating system has a new system of file backup and restore.

Vole had been concerned about the fact that backing up the hard-drive was rare, even on Windows 7.

Writing from his bog Bohdan Raciborski, a Microsoft program manager said that was because backing up was too slow and clunky.

He said that Windows 8's new File History application was simple to set up, use and maintain.

File History captures and archives multiple versions of each file, thus providing not only a backup copy but also a history of a file's changes.

He said that taking advantage of File History, the user only has to make a few, simple decisions.

File History use is transparent and doesn't affect the reliability or performance of Windows.

Once Windows 8 users turn it on they have to select where the backed-up files will be stored. This repository can be an external drive or a network location. At the moment it does not do back ups to cloud storage.

Microsoft has also worked out that most of the time users do not want to back-up anything more than their personal files. It does not store files in the Libraries, Desktop, Favorites and Contacts folders.

According to Raciborski only a small number of users are concerned about losing the operating system, applications or settings. They are by far more concerned about losing their personal files.

Microsoft expects that with File History, usage of backup and restore will be significantly higher on Windows 8 than on previous versions of the OS, he wrote.

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