- #10: More Intuitive Control Panel Categories
- #9: Better Notifications If Your System Has a Problem
- #8: Better Network Management and Troubleshooting
- #7: More Powerful Taskbar
- #6: Integrated Windows Media Center
- #5: Better File and System Backup
- #4: Better Management of Devices and Printers
- #3: Device Stage
- #2: Better File Management with Libraries
- #1: Easier Recovery from System Failure
- How to Stay with Windows XP and Move Up to Windows 7
#5: Better File and System Backup
Windows XP was the last stand for the venerable, tape-oriented NTBackup program. While NTBackup worked well for file backups, it was never designed for system image backups and could not be used with multiple DVDs.
Windows 7's Backup and Restore Center (see Figure 6) replaces the creaky old NTBackup with integrated file and image backup and restore that works with the most popular backup media: external hard disks and recordable/rewritable DVDs. With Professional and Ultimate editions, you can also back up to network shares. Windows 7 keeps your data safe and makes keeping it safe easy with scheduled backup.
Figure 6 Windows Backup in operation.