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Backup and Restore after downgrading to 8.1

  1. #1


    Portland, OR
    Posts : 68
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Backup and Restore after downgrading to 8.1


    I really loved the feature in Windows 7 (and later in 8) that allowed to make incremental daily image backups of our drives (C: or D:, etc.) using the "Backup and restore" option. Now after having gone to 8.1 I learned that this option is no longer available. Microsoft page suggests using File History instead but to the best of me, I couldn't find any way to make daily incremental image backups with it. It just looked like a cheesier knock-off from the Time Machine in OS X.

    So technically a two part question (one would work for me):

    1. Can I upgrade back to Window 8 (no 8.1) without too much hassle?

    2. If the first option is not available, is there a 3rd party (reliable) solution to create daily image backups of my system to a local/external hard drive?

    I did some research myself and there're some paid solutions out there. Note that I'm not looking for them. I thought that the investment into Windows 8 was enough to justify its features. Now when they were taken out I can't imagine paying any more! So what's next, Microsoft? Take out File Explorer and make us buy it from somewhere else..... Arghh!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It was there last time I looked. Can't remember if it still does incremental though.

    There is an excellent free one which does.

    FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

    You will need to make efi bootable restore media.

    This will do it for you
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It was there last time I looked. Can't remember if it still does incremental though.

    There is an excellent free one which does.

    FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

    You will need to make efi bootable restore media.

    This will do it for you
    That is a good solution.
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