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What does Windows 8 backup do?

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Just want to know how a Windows 8 backup works. Here is what I think it does and how it can be used:

- it backs up everything that is on the HDD except the Windows 8 OS and system files and system settings

- if HDD crashes, I re-install Windows 8 from scratch since the backup does not re-install the OS and
 system files and system settings

- if I restore the files from backup, once I re-installed Windows 8, I will get all my documents, videos, music, etc. and also all the programs I installed with their settings back on my new OS installation

Please correct me where I am wrong and provide other information I am missing.
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I've used Windows 7 and Windows 8 inbuilt backup utility to create a "System Image Backup" which is essentially taking a snapshot of your OS which includes Files and installed apps and this can then be later to restore that system should anything occur.

If you need anything further help this will come in handy!
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/back-up-programs-system-settings-files#1TC=windows-7
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I know about the imaging part, but I have a dual boot for Windows and Ubuntu and I am pretty sure that the backup utility will not image the two partitions with their respective OSs. I never have tried backup. Therefore, the question. I need an answer for the backup part and not the imaging part.
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No it will only capture the C: Drive of the boot OS which would be Windows.

So to answer your question about the re-install, The system image backup that you would've taken pre failure will allow you to go back to the time when the image was taken with Files and Apps being apart of that backup or image.

A few things worth mentioning,

You can use File History to backup your files to an external drive or sky drive,

File History enabling instructions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/set-drive-file-history

We use File History internally and its great!! We also use the system image backup before we run any major Windows updates and application installs.
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