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This feed is mostly personal interest; it's NOT my professional writing. There's tech here, yes, but also lots of general science and some politics and weird humor thrown in.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Free: Build a complete Windows 7 safety net

Every copy of Windows 7 includes a complete suite of backup tools. The suite contains everything you need to back up (and restore) your entire system.

What’s more, after you’ve set up your initial backup, future backups happen automatically.

In fact, Windows 7 makes it so easy to set up fully automated backups, it’s almost nuts not to do it.

But (you knew there had to be one) Windows 7′s backup tools are based on a different philosophy than previous versions of Windows and so do not operate exactly as you might expect. Until you understand what Microsoft is trying to do, the differences can be confusing.

Today's free Windows Secrets Top Story walks you through setting up a complete initial Win7 user-data backup, system image, and recovery disc. When you're done, the Backup Scheduler will take over and safeguards your user data through automatic backups on whatever schedule you authorized. You'll be automatically protected from here on out!


Other topics in my column:

  • Win7 network stuck in 'Public' mode
  • The "Make all future networks public" debacle
  • Wanted! Your top personal-privacy tips
  • Laptop laptop audio audio echo echo
  • What is this pesky "Installiqupdater?"
  • Secunia PSI tags Google Chrome as a threat

Complete issue contents: http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/110512

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