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customized. A system image backup cannot be scheduled, but a system image backup can be included within a scheduled file backup. Windows 7 also provides a System Protection feature which can be enabled for volumes used to store user data. With System Protection enabled, you can restore previous versions of data files when needed. Windows 8.x The Backup and Restore console used to backup data on Windows 7 is not included in Windows 8.1. Instead, File History is used in Windows 8.1 to backup user profiles. A profile backup includes all of the information stored in the user's library folders: User data files, such as documents, music, and videos User preferences, such as the desktop background, screensaver, color schemes, contacts, browser favorites, and so on User account details, such as the username, password, and so on
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File History does not back up the entire system. Only the data in a user's profile is backed up. However, a user can add folders to a library to back them up using File History. File history backs up files in the background. Once every hour, File History creates a shadow copy of user account files. This creates a snapshot of user account's files at a particular point in time. After creating the shadow copy, Windows keeps track of the prior versions of those files. Once done, users can browse and restore previous versions of files. File History is disabled by default. When enabling File History, the location for storing the backup must be specified. A drive other than the drive the user files are already on must be specified. At least two drives must be implemented system to use File History. A best practice is to use a second internal hard disk drive. However, external flash drives or hard disks can also be used. In this configuration, File History must be disabled before disconnecting the external drive. When File History is enabled, Windows monitors users' libraries, desktop, contacts, and Internet Explorer favorites. By default, File History checks once an hour to see if any data has changed since the last check. If it has, File History saves copies of the changed files to the configured location. Once done, a previous version of a file can be restored if a file gets lost or corrupted. Like Windows 7, Windows 8.1 also supports the creation of system images. Where File History only backs up user files, a system image backs up the entire system, including operating system files, registry settings, installed applications, and so on. Keep the following considerations in mind: To protect user data, File History is the best option because lost or corrupted files can be quickly restored. To protect the system itself, a system image is the best choice because it can be used to restore the entire computer. Individual files can't be restored from a system image backup.
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