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Microsoft Clarifies Win 7 SKUs: All Have Backup

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Microsoft revises website to show that all Windows 7 versions will have restore and backup.

Last month we gathered from Microsoft's Windows 7 comparison page that only the Professional and Ultimate editions had backup and restore functions.

It turns out that there was some confusion in the wording and Microsoft informed us that it has revised its website to convey that all version of Windows 7 will have backup and restore features. It is only the Professional and Ultimate editions that will be able to backup over a network.

The new comparison chart is revised to give the following feature to Professional and Ultimate: "In addition to full-system Backup and Restore found in all editions, you can back up to a home or business network."

Also, the following passage was added to the Backup and Restore page:

"You can back up to another drive or a DVD. And if you're using the Professional or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, you'll also have the option of backing up your files to a network."

So there you have it, folks – all versions of Windows 7 will have backup and restore, but the upper tier SKUs will be able to do it with a bit more convenience for advanced users.

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    Netherscourge , August 6, 2009 2:46 PM
    And that's that.
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    talys , August 6, 2009 3:10 PM
    Yay. I still think the universe of Home Premium users that have ever run Windows Backup (or even know that it exists) is tiny. But huzzah anyhow.
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    talys , August 6, 2009 3:11 PM
    By the way, when can we have Exchange backup back? :) 
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    bourgeoisdude , August 6, 2009 3:16 PM
    talysBy the way, when can we have Exchange backup back?


    Exchange backup on a client OS? Unlikely ;) 
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    ckthecerealkiller , August 6, 2009 4:05 PM
    I live on 64 bit basic editions i.e. Home Premium so this is very good news!
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    aspireonelover , August 6, 2009 4:10 PM
    Yay Microsoft! You've made the right decision! :D 
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    chripuck , August 6, 2009 4:28 PM
    aspireoneloverYay Microsoft! You've made the right decision!

    It was always there to begin with, they've simply clarified their verbage on the matter.
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    bk420 , August 6, 2009 5:42 PM
    So is there going to be 3x ultimate package?
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    apmyhr , August 6, 2009 5:56 PM
    Sorry Toms. Microsoft never gave out wrong information. You simply miss-reported and never corrected yourselves.
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    downer88 , August 6, 2009 6:10 PM
    I'm not bashing Windows, but didn't people turn off automatic back-ups anyway in XP because malware could hide on your hard drive in old back-up files?
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    erikstarcher , August 6, 2009 6:25 PM
    downer88I'm not bashing Windows, but didn't people turn off automatic back-ups anyway in XP because malware could hide on your hard drive in old back-up files?


    No, That was system restore, not Microsoft Backup. Now, if only people would use it....
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    Drag0nR1der , August 6, 2009 8:21 PM
    well, thats better than vista then, because home premium flavour of vista didn't come with full backup and recovery... funny how no-one made a huge deal out of that...
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    brother shrike , August 6, 2009 9:29 PM
    I didn't see the confusion... the fact that it was just network backup that was limited was pretty obvious from the original page. Not to mention the quotes that tom's provided in their own article... :) 
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    neapolis , August 6, 2009 9:33 PM
    Sorry... still sucks... why not give network backup to everybody? I mean... it's "backup" right? Should mean: secure and easy. So that's a bad point to make extra money. Especially when there will be Win7 Home Premium Family Packs that could use this functionality very well...
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    erikstarcher , August 6, 2009 10:06 PM
    Drag0nR1derwell, thats better than vista then, because home premium flavour of vista didn't come with full backup and recovery... funny how no-one made a huge deal out of that...


    Vista Home Premium does come with backup software, it is just not "full backup and recovery" as in image recovery from hard drive crash like it is in win7 (I believe). It replaced Microsoft backup that was in XP. Nobody made a hugh deal out of it because it wasn't missing from one version, it didn't exist in any version.
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    ubernoobie , August 7, 2009 12:52 AM
    I still think the universe of Home Premium users that have ever run Windows Backup (or even know that it exists) is tiny..

    I know someone that uses it because he downloads too much porn and sometimes get viruses from it
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    mxyztplk , August 7, 2009 7:12 PM
    This is an excellent example of bad journalism.

    The original story was simply false, and it took some 3 weeks for its author to post a new story containing the correct information, albeit without acknowledging his own original error.

    Even more incredibly, the author has not yet posted a correction within the original story. It is still up there, headlined "Windows 7 Home Premium Won't Have Backup," continuing to this day to misinform all who may read it.

    Apparently, the author took little care before posting the original story. For example, it is apparent that he did not carefully read the available Microsoft site information, did not contact Microsoft ahead of time, did not carefully search the internet for the correct information, and did not actually test the pre-release version of the product. Evidently, he simply misread the information posted on the Microsoft site, and then leaped to his incorrect conclusion. Further, his latest story rather pathetically tries to shift blame to Microsoft, after it changed its site wording, in an attempt perhaps to idiot-proof its site information.

    Here is the link to the original false and still uncorrected story. If you will read all of the comments, including my own, to see the various attempts made by many readers, including myself, to correct the story. The comments also show the degree to which this story misinformed its readers (and indeed will no doubt continue to do so, for it is still present on the site, with no annotation that its basic claim is simply false).

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-7-home-premium-backup,8261.html

    Here are some links to a responsible site, at which you could have read the correct information, several weeks before the Tom's Hardware author provided you with the incorrect "news."

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=2
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=5

    So it goes...