What is the difference between Backup & Restore that was present on Windows 7 and the "File History" feature on Windows 8?

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File history keeps multiple copies of files in a backup location where they can be easily accessed via the properties>file history menu or via direct access to storage location.

Backup and Restore saves a single incremental backup to a location. Backup and Restore can also save a complete system image (note: not quite complete). You can use the system image to restore your computer to a previous state. As far as I know you can only use a backup to restore files while on the Windows DVD not file history.

  • Thanks for the answer. Is there a way to store a complete system image using File History so that I can restore back to a particular date and time? Or is it just versions of individual files? Dec 31, 2012 at 20:51
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    As far as I have seen, no. You could use a combo like I do. I use file history and make regular backups. Although it does use a lot more space it is the easiest solution for me. Have a look at this: lifehacker.com/5958865/…
    – Sam
    Dec 31, 2012 at 20:54

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