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Windows 8 editions and backup to network

  1. #11


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    Time Machine is very impressive.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Windows 8 also includes Windows file history which does hourly back up's of any files that may have been changed or modified.
    Unfortunately, the folders it backs up are not configurable. it's libraries, desktop, favorites and contacts I believe. Wish you could pick folders from anyplace on the system.
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  3. #13


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    So, after the release and some light Googling, I still don't have a clear answer.

    Wake up, dead thread, wake up!

    If I upgrade to Windows 8, will I be able to use built-in backups with a network volume? Will I need the Pro version to do it?

    Thanks!
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  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by iynque View Post
    So, after the release and some light Googling, I still don't have a clear answer.

    Wake up, dead thread, wake up!

    If I upgrade to Windows 8, will I be able to use built-in backups with a network volume? Will I need the Pro version to do it?

    Thanks!
    I woke up!

    Now that I use Win8 and already used the built in backup, I can say something about it.

    I refer here to "backup and restore".

    I do the built-in backup just like I did in Win7: the same functionality exists but now it's called "Win7 file recovery" in Control Panel. Previously in Win7, it was called "backup and restore".

    Click image for larger version

    EDIT: I don't see the network on the basic edition!

    I always use conventional HDD and no network drives. So it's for me hard to tell...

    But I guess you need PRO for that. I saw Brink's tutorial here:
    System Image - Create in Windows 8[1]=Backup%20Restore
    Look at the Warning section in red.

    The functionality is the same, and you probably needsomething like this:
    Windows 7's Image Backup to Work with Network Shares | Maximum PC

    In Win8 this functionality still works but tends to be replaced (deprecated) and will probably disappear for good in Win9. Read more here:
    Windows 7 Backup and Restore deprecated (Windows)


    I hope this is the built-in backup you're referring to.
    Hope this helps.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 Pro 32-bit


    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I just want Windows to back up my files to a network volume. It doesn't matter to me how it happens, as long as I don't have to pay for any more software; if it's included in Windows, then that's the backup I'm referring to.

    It also kind-of looks like I can either buy a computer with "Windows 8" or if I just want to by the OS I have to get "Windows 8 Pro."

    If that's right, I guess I don't have to worry about which 'edition' to buy. I still want to make sure it works with a network volume though, since that's the only reason I would have to upgrade.
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  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    OOPS!

    Wait a sec:
    Look at the EDIT's in previous post. Sorry.

    The tutorial says you DO need pro:
    System Image - Create in Windows 8[1]=Backup%20Restore

    Look at warning info in red.

    Sorry.

    That's why I didn't saw it in the first place because I use basic version.

    That's all.

    Hopachi
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.0


    I'm reluctant to try to resuscitate this old thread, but I have the same problem described here, and I don't really see a final answer.

    I still have Windows 8.0. I want to do the update to Windows 8.1. My wife and I got new machines in August 2013. I was able to do an image of her system to a local (USB) hard drive; but then we had to move (again) and I never got my machine backed up (and both of our USB-connected hard drives are packed away somewhere...). (I know, I'm asking for trouble by not having regular backups in place; but it seems even DUMBER to try to do a System software upgrade to 8.1 without SOME sort of backup!)

    I worked my way through the crooked trail to find what version of Win 8 I am running. It just said "Windows 8", so I assume that I do not have the "Pro" version (and of course, Windows would NEVER label anything "Basic", or even "Home...") It is 64-bit. I purchased a nice Seagate Central 4 TB drive; but the install process was torturous. Ultimately, I got it to install as a drive under Network; but it did not map itself to a drive letter. I manually mapped a drive letter (F) to the network drive; however, neither Windows (7) Backup nor System Image will recognize the mapped drive. When I use the drop-down box to try to select the drive, the mapped drive does not appear and cannot be typed in. I would greatly prefer to use Windows "in-house" backup software, as opposed to any proprietary solution.

    I Googled for ["windows 8" cannot map to mapped drive], and found this thread.

    From researching other threads, it seems that the answer is that you cannot use the traditional Windows backup tools with any networked drive (NAS) unless you are running Windows 8 Pro (or Enterprise.) I see from this thread:
    Backup Files in Windows 8
    ... that in fact Windows 8.1 does away with the traditional Windows backup tools entirely. For people who still have standard PCs, are we then stuck with some sort of proprietary software solution (i.e. there IS no more "Windows Standard.")? What is recommended for Windows 8.1 users going forward?

    I would greatly appreciate any updates anyone could provide on this topic.

    Thanks,
    gb
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  8. #18


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    It hasn't been deprecated.

    It has been updated. Now uses vhdx format. Annoyingly, it does not seem to be backwards compatible with windows 7 system images.
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