Windows Vista Complete PC Backup and Restore Screencast

Keith Combs just released a screencast about one of our team’s technologies:   Windows Vista Complete PC Backup and Restore Screencast   Windows Vista Complete PC backup is an utility that allows you to create a snapshot of your entire system and save it to a USB drive, DVD or external disk. In case your… Read more

Updates on Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table

A customer sent us a contribution to the Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table. Christine Fok added his innovative solution to the list:  Error or Symptom Cause/Solution System Restore fails with the following error:   The Restore point could not be created for the following reason:   Windows cannot create a shadow copy… Read more

Common causes and solutions to Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup problems – updated!

This is an update to the solutions table posted previously on this blog.   Vista Backup team has been working with customers to troubleshoot common problems, but sometimes it’s a hard job – some error codes belong to other system components and are reflected in Backup tool functionality. Even so, the team brings you a… Read more

What’s new with backup and Restore on Vista SP1

Vista SP1 Backup & Restore contains many updates that improve reliability. Great effort has been put into improving the overall quality of File Backup, Complete PC Backup and System Restore. Many of those important changes may not be visible to users, but if you run Backup and Restore tools, you can see some functionality improvements… Read more

Check out "A Guide to Windows Vista Backup Technologies"

One of our program managers, Christine Fok, wrote a great TechNet Magazine article on our backup technologies in Windows Vista. If you’ve wondered how to schedule a Complete PC Backup or restore individual files from the .vhd made by Complete PC Backup, you’ll want to check out this article. A Guide to Windows Vista Backup… Read more

Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup Chat (July 11, 2007)

Chat Topic: BackupDate: Wednesday, July 11, 2007Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s chat with the Complete PC Backup and System Restore Team team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask the experts” check box, and click “Send.” Those posts will go into a… Read more

Common causes and solutions to Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup problems

The Vista Backup team has been helping troubleshoot backup-related problems reported in the public Windows Vista newsgroups. This has been a great learning experience for us, not only in working with customers but also understanding the real-world problems our customers face. Below is summary of the most commonly reported problems we’ve encountered. Error or Symptom… Read more

Mark your July calendars: Upcoming chats on Backup/Recovery and Offline Files in Windows Vista

I’m excited to announce two upcoming chats on some of the popular Windows Vista features owned by my team. On July 10, we’ll answer questions about Offline Files in Windows Vista. On July 11, we’ll answer questions about Backup, Complete PC Backup, System Restore, and Shadow Copies in Windows Vista. It’s been awhile since we did our… Read more

Clarification regarding our previous post on the exclusion of .ost files by Complete PC Backup

After our previous blog post on .ost files and Complete PC Backup, a customer contacted us about how he loses column settings, sort order, and synchronization filters if he manually deletes the .ost file. I asked Alon Brown, a Development Lead for Outlook, to respond: View settings should generally be preserved because they are stored… Read more