Microsoft has recently rolled out the much-anticipated fall update for Windows 11, bringing with it an array of new features, including the introduction of the Windows Backup app. This new addition to the Windows ecosystem aims to streamline the backup process by regularly safeguarding your apps, settings, and folders to the cloud, akin to Apple’s Time Machine for Mac users. While this might seem like a welcome enhancement, Microsoft has put its foot down: you cannot remove the Windows Backup app from your system.
According to Microsoft’s support website, the reason behind this seemingly inflexible stance is that Windows Backup is deemed a system component, deeply integrated into the Windows architecture. However, Microsoft has acknowledged user concerns and intends to address them in a future Windows update. The company plans to prevent Windows Backup from cluttering certain user interface screens, such as “All apps” or “Install apps.” Nevertheless, Windows Backup itself will persist within the Windows environment.
Delving into the nitty-gritty, the Windows Backup app serves as a pivotal system component offering users a unified solution to back up specific files and folders, as well as crucial settings, credentials, and applications to the cloud, all accessible through a single interface. This means you can effortlessly safeguard essential data, like your Documents folder and Desktop, to the cloud. Furthermore, the beauty of this system lies in its ability to seamlessly restore your backed-up data onto a new Windows device, allowing you to pick up right where you left off.
However, not everyone is singing the praises of Windows Backup. Critics have raised concerns, with some dubbing it as bloatware designed to nudge users towards Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage solution. At its worst, the app may exhibit erratic behavior, such as failing to launch, accompanied by a rather unhelpful “this feature is not supported by your organization” error message, as reported by certain IT administrators. Testing conducted by PC World revealed that not everything is flawlessly backed up when transferring data to a different device.
In essence, the concept behind the Windows Backup app is commendable, but its execution might require a bit of fine-tuning to deliver on its promises. Users have reported instances where the app either overlooks certain files or attempts to sync with undesired applications. Additionally, one must bear in mind that successful utilization of Windows Backup hinges on the availability of sufficient space in their OneDrive cloud storage for all their files.
As Windows Backup is still relatively new, particularly in the eyes of the general public, it’s safe to say that Microsoft is likely to fine-tune and enhance its functionality in response to user feedback and evolving needs. Stay tuned for further updates from Microsoft on this front.