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Windows 7 Home Premium Won't Have Backup

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Backing up data is an important part of keeping your sanity.

Keeping backups of your data is one of the most important things you can do regardless if you're using your computer for personal or business.

For one reason or another, however, Microsoft has deemed making regular backups a mostly-business related affair. When comparing the three leading versions of Windows 7, the key features that Home Premium has to go without are automatic backup and XP Mode.

While one can argue that XP Mode is more of a Professional or Ultimate tool for those who require absolute compatibility, having a convenient backup solution is something that every operating system should come with in the interest of the user – especially if the software already exists.

Microsoft describes its automatic backup and restore feature as:

Backup and Restore—improved for Windows 7—creates safety copies of your most important personal files, so you're always prepared for the worst.

Let Windows choose what to back up, or pick individual folders, libraries, and drives yourself. Windows can back up files on whatever schedule you choose. Just set it and forget it. In Windows 7, you can back up files to another drive, your network, or a DVD.

We can understand why a backup feature could be left out of Starter Edition, as most systems running that will be netbooks, and those systems shouldn't be considered as main-use machines.

Microsoft obviously needs differentiating points between Home Premium for mainstream users and Professional for business or computing enthusiasts, so we suggest that there still be some form of backup feature built into Home Premium that allows backups only to another drive or DVD, but not over the network.

With Microsoft expecting Home Premium to be by far the most popular version of Windows 7, it'd be nice if users in the largest segment could rely on their OS to take care of their data.

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    aspireonelover , July 15, 2009 10:56 PM
    bad decision microsoft...
    They should include backup for every edition regardless of how limited the OS is going to be.
    (my thought)
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    chripuck , July 15, 2009 10:48 PM
    They're trying to hard to create 4 tiers... there really should only be 3. Starter, Home and Ultimate/Business.

    Starter should stay as it is, Home should stay as it is plus backup and Ultimate/Business should be combined to give you access to domains, add bitlocker support and whatever else it has. That would make a LOT more sense.
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    mxyztplk , July 16, 2009 3:26 AM
    The author is evidently misreading his own link.

    NETWORK automatic backup is what is added in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. The author's link states that clearly.

    According to the following link, among others, BACKUP to local drives and removable media is provided in ALL editions of Windows 7.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=2

    The following link confirms what the Microsoft link says about backing up files and system images to a NETWORK location being an ADDITIONAL backup capability of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=5

    What does the article's author have to say in response? Never mind?
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    chripuck , July 15, 2009 10:48 PM
    They're trying to hard to create 4 tiers... there really should only be 3. Starter, Home and Ultimate/Business.

    Starter should stay as it is, Home should stay as it is plus backup and Ultimate/Business should be combined to give you access to domains, add bitlocker support and whatever else it has. That would make a LOT more sense.
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    aspireonelover , July 15, 2009 10:56 PM
    bad decision microsoft...
    They should include backup for every edition regardless of how limited the OS is going to be.
    (my thought)
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    talys , July 15, 2009 11:01 PM
    Riddle me this: how many home users do you know who have ever run Microsoft Backup? How many even know that it exists?

    There are a bazillion free ways of backing up -- including Microsoft's SyncToy, which works great and costs nothing (of course home users don't know this exists either). Personally, I use SmartSync on my home PC. Plus, practically every external hard disk drive comes with some type of backup software. So in terms of Home Premium bundleware... who cares?

    Unless it's backing up something like Exchange or SharePoint (ie something that requires arcane wizardry like VSS to back up), I think that leaving it to third party or a higher end version is fine.
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    maestintaolius , July 15, 2009 11:03 PM
    Does this mean backup won't be included or you won't be able to automatically schedule it using the task manager? Because having no backup is different from not having automatic backup.
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    richsing09 , July 15, 2009 11:09 PM
    Not having a backup utility is ridiculous!!
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    Glorian , July 15, 2009 11:11 PM
    If regular computer users actually backed up their files it would make my job ten time easier.

    But for those who actually do use windows to back up their stuff this is going to be a severe disappointment, as most of the off the shelf computer will come with home premium.
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    inmytaxi , July 15, 2009 11:16 PM
    Windows already does too much it doesn't tell you about.
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    inmytaxi , July 15, 2009 11:17 PM
    Glorian, if regular computer users actually backed up their files, you'd have a 10% time job.
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    war2k9 , July 15, 2009 11:39 PM
    inmytaxiWindows already does too much it doesn't tell you about.


    Please let me know what have windows done for me lately?
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    Anonymous , July 15, 2009 11:44 PM
    Doesn't matter to me, I use Acronis. What is dumb however, is not incuding XP mode. Gamers would use it, but not really the average home user. (since they wouldn't know anyways). Gamers know how to pirate. So instead of paying for Home Premium (which is less of a stretch than the others) they are most certainly going to steal Winodws instead for XP mode. (eg why buy premium and then steal ultimate to get this lol?) Brillant strategy. Whoever came up with this should be fired.
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    matt87_50 , July 15, 2009 11:59 PM
    don't care, no solution they would provide would be good enough for me anyway, ill make my own. so whats the problem Toms? Microsoft not copying your latest crush, Apple??
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    inmytaxi , July 16, 2009 12:30 AM
    for one, when your computer has a problem windows looks for a solution, saves crash data and sends reports to MS, but at least it tells you about it.

    i'd like to stop that from happening because it slows my computer. but windows won't let me stop the process from starting.

    that's why i hate windows.
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    renee9001 , July 16, 2009 12:45 AM
    I don't see what the talk is about since it has AWAYS been this way.
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    Marcus Yam , July 16, 2009 12:50 AM
    renee9001I don't see what the talk is about since it has AWAYS been this way.

    Just because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean that it's the best way to be.
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    megamanx00 , July 16, 2009 1:06 AM
    That's a pain in the butt. Well I backup stuff to my external drive anyway, but for most users who don't have that as a habit it gets neglected until their hard drive dies or the windows install goes to hell. Gotta organize it though and burn off some of the older stuff onto DVDs :D .
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    neon neophyte , July 16, 2009 1:48 AM
    i love buying crippled operating systems. its my favorite thing ever.

    hmmmm, pay for a crippled OS or pirate the full version... i wonder... i wonder...
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    adamovera , July 16, 2009 2:21 AM
    ROFLMFAO, holy shit batman, these people could fuck up a cup of coffee, LOL
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    mxyztplk , July 16, 2009 3:26 AM
    The author is evidently misreading his own link.

    NETWORK automatic backup is what is added in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. The author's link states that clearly.

    According to the following link, among others, BACKUP to local drives and removable media is provided in ALL editions of Windows 7.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=2

    The following link confirms what the Microsoft link says about backing up files and system images to a NETWORK location being an ADDITIONAL backup capability of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=5

    What does the article's author have to say in response? Never mind?
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    brother shrike , July 16, 2009 4:06 AM
    deskpalm. mxyztplk is completely right. The links say that backup and restore is included in all versions of Win7. The version comparison only says that the home premium doesn't have network backup.
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    cabose369 , July 16, 2009 5:31 AM
    "oh knowz.... microsoft is not putting backup software in 7 HP edition!! It's the end of the world!! What will we doez????"

    why would u trust a Microsoft program to back up your data?? Anyone ever heard of third party backup software???
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