I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I like Vista a whole lot better than Windows XP. Even so, there are things about Vista that I don’t like. My loudest Vista gripe has always revolved around its pitiful excuse for a backup program. The lack of flexibility in the Windows Vista version of Windows Backup is appalling. Actually, there are some good reasons why Microsoft designed the backup program in this way. I will talk about some of those reasons in my next blog post. For now though, I want to give you some good news.
Microsoft has completely redesigned Windows Backup in Windows 7. It is once again going to be possible to backup individual files. Microsoft also no longer requires you to dedicate an entire hard drive to Vista backups. Instead, you have the option of writing the backup to direct attached storage, a network share, or to a USB hard drive.
I plan on spending a lot more time with the Windows 7 version of Windows Backup, but those were some of the things that really jumped out at me, so I wanted to share them with you.