Backing up Windows computer data has never been a simple process, and Microsoft is looking to change that. A series of notable improvements have been made in regards to the backup and restore utilities on Windows 11 over the past few months. Recently, Microsoft has continued to announce a new application simply called Backup, which promises to significantly enhance the data backup experience on Windows 11.
Accordingly, with the latest Build Insider 22631.2262, Microsoft has quietly introduced a built-in backup tool called Windows Backup. After opening the app from the Start menu, you’ll be able to back up your folders, apps, settings, preferences, and credentials like Wi-Fi passwords. Once you have selected the data to back up, you just need to press the “Back up” button and the system will do the rest. The app will also provide an estimate of how much space the backup will take up.
Microsoft also made another improvement to the backup feature in previous Insider builds, Although not all changes have been applied and rolled out to Windows 11 users so far, is a sign that the Redmond company is really interested in this issue.
Specifically, pins app pins will also be saved as part of a backup and restored on your new PC. So if you have any Microsoft Store apps saved to your taskbar, they’ll be in the same place once you restore your new PC. You will also be able to back up settings and preferences, which was previously almost impossible without the help of third-party tools. This will be very helpful since you won’t have to tweak your settings again after you’re done moving data between PCs. The Windows Backup application seems to be a mash-up of all these efforts.
Windows Backup is currently only being piloted for the internal user community of the Windows Insider program. Therefore, you will have to wait at least a few more weeks or months to experience it. However, the next major version of Windows may be coming, so you probably won’t have to wait too long.