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Windows 8.1 Backup & Restore

  1. #1


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10

    Windows 8.1 Backup & Restore


    Hello All,
    I just found out that windows 8.1 does not have a backup and restore application as it has in windows 7.
    So to work around this, I also know that "The Norton Security Suite" has this application as part of its security and virus protection. So I intend to use Norton for my backups and restores. Also "Comcast" (Xfinity) has this program available free as part of its services. But I think you must have phone, internet & tv as a subscriber. So check it out. If you are presently a Comcast customer, then sign in and then just below the sign in box, there should be a link for the free download. If it is not there, then enter in the search box "Norton Security Suite" and on the results page at the top right, you will see a link for the free download.

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I just used Macrium Reflect Free to backup a Windows 8.1 installation from a HDD and install it on a SSD. I found the software very easy to use with no problems - see 'Idiots Guide' to Transferring Windows from a HDD to a SSD

    I would avoid Acronis backup products. I once used Acronis True Image and it was very difficult to remove the low level disk drivers installed by the Acronis software.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10


    As I get used to windows 8.1, I also see that Files such as pictures, music, documents, etc can be backed up using "File History" which requires a usb drive or network. I am not familiar with using network. Now I may have to reconsider which path to follow. I will contact the "Norton Community" to see what happens to the backup if for whatever reason the Norton software needs to be re-downloaded.
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    You can use File History (FH) to backup to another internal HDD if you have one. I've found FH temperamental since it often fails to run the scheduled FH backup requiring FH to be reset. See File History Problems
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by rjordan393 View Post
    As I get used to windows 8.1, I also see that Files such as pictures, music, documents, etc can be backed up using "File History" which requires a usb drive or network. I am not familiar with using network. Now I may have to reconsider which path to follow. I will contact the "Norton Community" to see what happens to the backup if for whatever reason the Norton software needs to be re-downloaded.
    Hi,

    Sorry to hear that. May I know how did you backup your files? let me know I'll check that for you.
    Thanks in advance!

    Praveen
    Norton Support.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10


    I decided to use Norton backup and restore application to see how it goes. I had thought that the backup was stored on the server but I thought wrong. The application gives you a choice. So I picked floppy disk. The first attempt failed. No reason was given. The second attempt was successful. So I will stay with Norton. I also noticed that after I installed windows 8.1 the performance of the computer improved when I started to download all the missing windows updates.
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  7. #7


    That's odd. Are you sure you used Floppy Disk to backup your files?

    Praveen
    Norton Support.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 25
    Windows 10


    Those 4-3/4 inch silver disks are called floppys; correct? I used a Memorex dvd-rw to back up my files.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 123
    Windows 8.1


    "Those 4-3/4 inch silver disks are called floppys; correct?" No, those are Optical Discs.

    Windows 8.1 does have a System Image Backup the link is on the same page as File History, bottom left of page.
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  10. #10


    How do I create a bootable backup recovery with all my data?
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