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Windows 8 Backup User Profile and Settings

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How do I backup the windows user folder and settings.
We quite often get the profiles deleted by some of the team who use the computer.
This then makes it an hour to set back up.
I need to backup the whole user folder and any settings.
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Hi,

In Windows 8.1 Backup and Recovery has been moved to the lower left corner of the File History tool in Control Panel and new tool is File History tool in Windows 8.1

In addition, the Windows 7 File Recovery tool in Control Panel has been renamed to the Recovery tool in Windows 8.1.


File History is a new feature in Windows 8 that allows you to setup a schedule for automatically saving copies of documents located in your Libraries, Contacts, Favorites or SkyDrive to an external drive or network location.  File History can be leveraged for those situations where you need to recover an older version of a particular document that you've overwritten.  To turn on File History, use the Control Panel -> File History applet and click the "Turn On" button.

After you've turned on File History, you'll then be able to further customize your Advanced settings, such as schedule (default = every hour), # of versions (default = all versions) to keep and % of disk space (default = 5%) to use for caching changes when your File History location is offline.  In addition, you can Exclude folders that you may not want to include in your File History, perhaps if you have applications that already use built-in versioning to save documents to your Libraries.

When you're ready to restore files from File History, click the "Restore personal files" link located on the left panel of the File History applet.

Windows System Backup is still included in Windows 8! To launch the Windows Backup tool, open the Control Panel -> Windows 7 File Recovery applet and click the "Set up Backup" button.  Alternatively, you can launch "sdclt.exe" from the Command Prompt to start this applet.

Using Windows Backup, you can backup a full system image or selected files & folders to an external drive or network location.  You can also create a system repair disc for repairing and restoring the system in the event that you encounter any boot issues.
Windows 8 Refresh and Reset PC

Sometimes, a system becomes so infected or corrupted that it's easier and safer to just reset the operating system and applications back to a "normal" factory default out-of-box (OOB) experience.  In Windows 8, you have two options to make this process easier than ever: Refresh (which resets the OS and applications without losing your documents and other personal files) and Reset (which resets the OS and applications and removes everything else).  You can also create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive so that you can perform a Refresh or Reset operation even if your PC isn't bootable.

You'll find these new options in the Control Panel -> Recovery applet, along with other familiar tools like System Restore.
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