In Windows 8.1, Microsoft dropped Win8.0’s “Windows 7 File Recovery” tool and replaced it with new options.
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Windows 8.1’s new, built-in image-backup tool
After upgrading from Windows 8.0 to 8.1, reader Tom hit a major snag with his routine backup procedures.
- “Fred, I used the ‘Windows 7 File Recovery’ backup option you described in ‘Understanding Windows 8’s File History’ [July 11, 2013, Top Story].
“But when I upgraded to Win 8.1, the Windows 7 File Recovery option wasn’t there.
“Are there any updates or new methods with the same simplicity?”
Indeed, Win8.0’s “Windows 7 File Recovery” is completely gone in Windows 8.1. It’s a change that was noted in that July 11 article:
“Important note: Win8.0’s Windows 7 File Recovery works for now, but don’t count on using this feature in the future. An MSDN article states that Win8’s Windows 7 File Recovery ‘is being deprecated and will not be updated.’ … Clearly, traditional backups are not part of Windows’ future!”
In place of Windows 7 File Recovery, Win8.1 offers a new option — System Image Backup. Here’s how to find it:
- Open the Win8.1 Charms bar and select Search.
- Enter File History as the search term.
- Click the File History icon when it appears.
- When the File History dialog box opens, click the System Image Backup link in the lower-left corner (see Figure 1).