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    Vista Backup (Home Premium)

    Hi - I am just going through Win Vista All-in-One Desk Reference, and I have managed to crawl through the bit about Backups. A while ago I bought some 3rd party backup software, but it seems to me that the Vista Backup is pretty much the same. So can I take it that I don't really need to install any other backup software as the Vista backup facilities are quite enough for a fairly basic user such as myself (ie no networked computers, just one laptop with a bit of home stuff and a bit of work stuff).
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    Mick

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    Re: Vista Backup (Home Premium)

    Mick,

    I guess the answer all depends upon which version of Vista you have. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> The "Ultimate' version includes "CompletePC Backup" which can backup your entire system by creating a backup "image" so that in case of a catastrophic failure of your system, it can be restored to either your current machine from which the image was created or to another different machine should the original be irreplaceable etc. The backup offered by the other versions (I can be wrong here) is simply a FILE backup utility. Thus you can restore certain files but not your operating system, programs, tweaks, settings, etc. which the "CompletePC Backup" can do. See below for the limitations of the Vista backup utilities vs. third-party applications

    Secondly, third-party backup applications, for example Acronis True Image and ShadowProtect offer far more features; valuable features, which Vista's inhouse backup(s) cannot provide. You can schedule backups in detail with these two so that backups are done automatically. They also allow you to recover individual folders and files very easily from the backup image. There are quite a number of advantages to using a good backup/recovery application compared to the backup in Vista, especially if you only have the ability to backup files.

    Doubtless there are others here who will chime in and affirm what I've said, particularly those who have experienced a disaster and lost everything having no backup plan but now faithfully use a third-party backup application. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/good.gif>
    Jeff
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    Re: Vista Backup (Home Premium)

    I agree with Jeff and I do use ShadowProtect, one of those he mentioned. Your post title says you run Home Premium, so it doesn't look like you have the MS backup described here: Explore the features: Windows Backup and Restore Center

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    Re: Vista Backup (Home Premium)

    Thanks for the input guys - much appreciated. I am using Vista Home Premium so presumably not the complete backup and recovery that is offered by third parties. Thanks for the tip re ShadowProtect - I'll give it a try.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all from down under.

    Mick

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