One of the many new features that Microsoft added to Windows 7 was a new backup and recovery feature that users of the operating system could make use of to backup files in select locations of the system. Windows furthermore creates a system image during the operating that you can use to restore the PC if it stops working. The system image is a copy of the drives required for Windows to run. Its space requirements are large because of that, usually between ten or twenty Gigabyte in size but you can make use of it to restore your entire PC.
Microsoft included the feature in Windows 8 but hid it away. A search for backup does not reveal it for instance, but if you do search for recovery, you can access it. Here are the steps to do so:
If you spend time testing Microsoft's upcoming refresh for Windows 8, Windows Blue, you may have noticed that the Windows 7 File Recovery option has been removed in the operating system. What this means is that you cannot use the file backup option nor the system image backup anymore on the system.
It is not clear why Microsoft removed the feature in Windows Blue. The most likely explanation is that it wants its users to use the Refresh your PC or Reset feature instead which it introduced in Windows 8 as they are seemingly easier to use making them attractive to users of all experience levels.
The core difference between Refresh my PC and Windows 7 File Recovery is that the former won't restore an identical copy of the operating system. While you will retain access to personal data and Metro style apps and some PC settings, you won't keep access to desktop programs and some settings.
It needs to be noted at this point in time that Windows Blue is a work in progress and that the feature may come back in a later build. I'd say it is unlikely that it does but the possibility is still there.
What this means basically is that you will again have to rely on third party backup software for Windows to create a full system backup in Windows Blue.
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