At times strange things happen with user local profiles on both Windows Servers and client systems such as, when a user local profile unexpectedly turns to a backup status and freezes in that state. When you check the profile status through the Control Panel you will see that it is flagged as backup after you log on with a temporary profile.
In Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced three new data backup and recovery features which are File History, Refresh, and Reset. File History allows you to restore deleted files or previous versions of files. Refresh lets you restore the Windows system files— similar to System Restore, and Reset is essentially a factory restore option.
To read more and discover exactly what each of these recovery features does go here – http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/New-Data-Recovery-Options-Windows-8.html
Data Backup applications apart from being must-have utilities remain very popular with end-users in spite the fact that generations of Microsoft Windows editions have always provided backup tools that are integrated into the operating systems. So, why users do keep purchasing Data Backup Solutions? Simply, because independent software vendors such as, EaseUS manage to develop solutions that provide enhanced functionality and ease-of-use that Windows inbuilt tools may lack.
This simple registry hack allows you to hide drives from appearing in the Windows Explorer shell. Users will not be able to select or see the drive in the applications’ open and save dialogs, My Computer and Windows Explorer but it remains visible from other shells such as, the command prompt. Therefore, applications can still access the hidden drive, even though it is invisible to end users! A hidden drive may be useful when backing files to a network or local drive and you would like to restrict that drive just for backup purposes. The risk of filling up that drive with unrelated data is limited by making it invisible to users including you, while it remains available to the backup application. Obviously, first set the backup destination drive from the backup application and then hide the drive as explained below.
When you perform system backups on Windows 7, you are prompted for a backup destination location as shown below:
You can select the following types of backup destinations:
Windows 7 gives you the capability to restore earlier versions of files in case these are accidentally deleted or modified. For more information how to set Previous Versions and Shadow Copies go here. In the enterprise environment you can configure Previous Versions with six Group Policy settings as described below:
In the enterprise environment, administrators may delegate end users with the responsibility of performing their own data backups. Windows 7 like previous versions of Windows has in-built data backup functionality. Although, this is not a common scenario and is not probably recommended by many IT professionals, you may come across particular situations where the most practical solution is to allow end users manage their own data backups. Personally, I have experienced a similar situation where a team of software developers wanted to backup temporary research data that was not so critical to the organization and the storage requirements to store this data on a network share were not justified. Using Group Policies, an administrator can control end users backup options and manage better the organization’s backup strategy.