How-to: A Microsoft Backup Strategy

Windows 8 LogoWe came across this offering over on Microsoft Technet by developer R. Bohodan. It looks like a personal recommendation rather a company line, but you might want to consider this as one way to do things in the connected and cloud services era. AJS

If you want to prepare for a disaster, I’d recommend a following strategy:

  • Create a recovery drive to be used when you need to refresh or rest your PC
  • Connect to your Microsoft account
  • Turn on Sync your Settings
  • Load apps from the Appstore
  • Turn on File History

When  your PC is replaced or needs to be reinstalled

  • Use the recovery drive to restore the OS
  • Connect to your Microsoft account
  • Turn on Sync your Settings – this will bring your settings back
  • Go to the Appstore – this will reinstall your modern apps
  • Reinstall legacy apps
  • Connect your old File History drive And restore everything – this will restore your personal files

It may require more steps than a file or image restore but has some clear benefits:

  • You do not restore any c**p that was on your system
  • You do not restore sources of some problems that you might have
  • You do not restore settings that may cause your system to perform badly or fail

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