Yves - August 08, 2019
The operating system, Windows Vista, has a much improved backup and restores utility compared to previous versions.
For years now, Microsoft has included the data backup feature in Windows. However, in Windows Vista, Microsoft has provided a lot of features and automation for a more intuitive graphical user interface that helps apprentice users make backups without much hassle.
- Tap the Start icon at the bottom left of the screen.
- Select Control Panel
- Then, we choose the Backup and Restore Center
Selecting the backup computer in the right pane will receive a UAC or User Account Control warning. We must select the location that we want to save and then click on Next. After that, you have to confirm the selection and click on Start Backup to save all the contents of the PC.
Vista helps us in choosing the backup destination if we choose to backup the files, (we can use an external USB hard drive or a CD / DVD burner), then select the drives, folders or files included in the file. backup.
We must click on the button Save files to start a backup immediately, but that if we have already configured backup files. To change the configuration, you must click on the Change Settings link located under the Backup Files button.
During the configuration, the launching of a backup or a restoration, one will see appearing questions and expressions in the form of links on which one will be able to click. These links lead to the FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions.
After selecting the backup location and the drives you want to backup, you can choose the types of files you want to save.
Microsoft has simplified things by providing checkboxes for file categories instead of expecting to know all file extensions and types to exactly understand which files to back up.
You can also back up the files manually, but this more or less negates the effectiveness and efficiency of the utility. The goal is to automate the process so that the data is protected without the intervention, no more than necessary.
However, you can choose to save the data daily, weekly or monthly. So, if you choose Daily, the box "What day" is it grayed out? If we choose Weekly, we must choose which day of the week and if we choose Monthly, we must select the date of each month for which we want to make the backup.
If you want to shut down the computer, you must schedule the backup to run at a certain time while the computer is on. However, using the computer during the backup may make it impossible to back up some files, and the backup process will consume system resources and slow down the system.
It is possible to schedule the backup while sleeping. If you do it for 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, it will be late enough to make it awkward if you get up late, and early enough to make sure the backup is complete.
Advanced Restore or File Restore:
The Restore Files option allows you to restore files backed up on the computer you are currently using. If you want to restore data saved on another computer or restore data for all users rather than for yourself, you must select the Advanced Restore option.
Advanced recovery options:
If you select Advanced Restore, the next step is to inform Vista of the type of data you want to restore:
- The files of the last backup performed on this computer
- Files from an older backup made on this computer
- Files from a backup made on another computer
If by accident we delete a term that was written 5 days ago, for example, we can not choose a backup of a month ago, because the term had not yet been written.
However, if we have problems with a file or if we have accidentally modified an existing file on the system for a while, but we do not know when it has been corrupted, we can choose a more distant backup to try to get the file functional that one seeks.
After selecting the backup set to use, we choose the data to restore. If we search for a file but we do not know exactly which drive or folder it is stored in, we have to click on Search to use the search function to locate it. Once the selection is done, click on Next to start the data restoration. Information accidentally deleted will be restored.