How To Backup Your Windows 8 Computer After Upgrading

| December 21, 2012

In October, Microsoft released its latest operating system Windows 8 — the newest PC platform equipped with a myriad of new features. According to CNN.com on Tech, users can expect the new platform to have touch screen capabilities and a re-imaged desktop interface that still runs basic Windows applications. Windows 8 can run on tablets in addition to PCs and meet mobile device-user needs. Users are ditching their Windows 7 and updating their computers to a colorful, slick new design and tile applications with live information. When switching from Windows 7 to Windows 8, keep in mind that depending on your computer, the update may warrant current system requirements, different backup resources and a radical new learning curve.

A top priority during a system platform upgrade is to learn about its backup system or explore reliable remote backups solutions.

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Remote Data Backup Resources

Online remote backup resources are reliable solutions for securing digital content. From important documents and music to photos and video, data stored at a remote location ensures that it’s “intact and available,” despite any unexpected damages made to local disks, external hard drives or other hardware. Remote cloud computing services store sensitive information or valuable data to an offsite cloud. When files are stored, synced and archived on a cloud, users can access and share them from any location using mobile devices. For maximum protection, use cloud computing in addition to your local storage options.

Window 8’s Backup Options

TechNet.com’s blog provides details about the following two backup and recovery options for Windows 8:

File History: File history is an automatic backup system that saves copies of documents and recovers overwritten documents. To backup documents to an external drive or specific location on your computer network, go to Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > File History > Turn On. From there you can customize various settings, including a backup schedule, number of versions and percentage of disk space.

Windows System Backup: To access the Windows System Backup tool in Windows 8, click on Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Windows 7 File Recovery > Set Up Backup. Now you can set up and launch old backup options. TechNet.com explains that “you can backup a full system image or selected files and folders.” A system repair disc is also recommended for system repairs and restorations during unexpected computer issues.

Windows 8 Image Backup:

Image Backup by Paragon Software is a free tool that’s designed for Windows 8 backup and recovery, according to TechRepublic.com’s blog. By using this tool, users can access Backup Wizard to establish and customize backup options. You can control the various backup image options, including restoration archive integrity, automatic image file naming, level of compression and image splitting among multiple files.

This backup program also includes:

  • Password protection
  • Copy and backup options
  • Hot processing options
  • Copy/Backup exclude options

For file recovery, go to the restore option. You’ll select the archive for recovery, choose files for restoration and specify the original location or a specific folder. Use the transfer files utility tool for copying files from an archive and copying files from your computer to a shared resource.

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