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Is There a Time Machine Software for Windows?




You really need to know what to look for when looking for a Time Machine type application for your computer system.  There are many solutions that claim to be the ultimate Windows Time Machine, however there is a big distiction between being a traditional backup utility and an actual time machine for Windows.  What is the primary differences?


  • Speed - Both the process of taking a snapshot and also restoring to a snapshot must be within seconds.
  • Comprehensive - the entire contents of the drive should be restored as it was 100% at the time of the snapshot


Let's first look at a couple solutions currently available that refer themselves as Time Machine solutions.

PC Time Machine in Action: Video



Apple's Time Machine

The beautiful thing about using Apple's iMacs is their built-in Time Machine utility. It's like a safety blanket that allows you a more carefree computing experience, that is without having to worry about losing any of your important information. For those unfamiliar with it, Time Machine allows you to rebuild your PCs from a backup. For PC-users, many would have thought until recently that Windows System Restore to be the nearest alternative to Apple's Time Machine. But Windows System Restore is only good for restoring Windows system files.


There is a Windows PC Time Machine!


Not very many people are aware though that there is a superior alternative to Time Machine available for Windows-based machines. For PC-users, RollBack Rx is the nearest thing to Time Machine-like functionality that comes with Apple's Macs. But Rollback is actually better than Time Machine in a few distinct ways. First, you can use Rollback as a full-system reset to that exact point in time when that snapshot was taken (right down to the temp files and your desktop icons). If you should delete a file accidently or if a file gets corrupted and you would like to get back that file from an earlier snapshot, you needn't revert your entire computer to that instance and save the file to some external drive and then return your entire computer again to the latest snapshot. You can instead just browse all the files that existed on your machine by opening up that snapshot as a folder and simply drag-and-drop any file or folder you'd like to your current desktop.


Time Machine on Steriods!

With Apple Time Machine there's a trade-off between space and how long Time Machine can keep its backups. It also takes a bit of time to load up one of those Time Machine backups. For most conscientious Apple or PC users who bother to do backups at all, it's a tedious but necessary chore. It's also treated as a last-resort fallback strategy for that once-in-a-blue-moon rare instance in which you accidently delete an important file or suffer a catastrophic virus infection. Now, imagine if a daily backup of all the data on your harddrive could be done automatically and imperceptibly every time you bootup up your machine. This is exactly what RollBack Rx does. By default RollBack Rx takes a snapshot on the first boot of the day. You won't even notice any change in the amount of time Windows takes to boot up. And in that extra imperceptible second or two you've just backed up your entire harddrive, right down to the last icon on your desktop. You can restore to an earlier snapshot even if you've upgraded your Windows version. Each RollBack Rx snapshot only takes up less than one percent of the space on your drive drive.


Apples Time Machine vs Windows System Restore

Apples Time Machine for Mac and Windows System Restore (also known as Windows Reset and Refresh on Windows 8) share many similarities.  Firstly both Time Machine and Windows Reset and Refresh are designed to quickly roll-back their respective operating systems system files and registry settings.  However a complete roll-back is never achieved because not all data or files are restored.  This usually causes conflicts and more issues that problems it is designed to protect users from.


What is the best alternative to Apple's Time Machine, but for Windows?


RollBack Rx is a complete PC Time Machine solution that protects the entire contents of your hard drive. It instantly restores everything, not just the system files. Moreover, if you experience the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) or if Windows is not booting up -- RollBack Rx can still rescue you from this disaster. That's right -- RollBack Rx can still restore your entire system!  RollBack Rx was also known as Comodo Time Machine previously.


Since RollBack Rx sits below Windows, it can be accessed prior to Windows boot-up by pressing the HOME (default hotkey). Once you enter into the RollBack Rx sub-console you can then create a new snapshot and/or roll-back to any snapshot. Furthermore, you can recover any and all data up-to-the second of the System Crash! With Windows System Restore, if Windows cannot boot-up, System restore will not be accessible.

What is RollBack Rx?
RollBack Rx™ is a robust windows system restore program that enables home users and IT professionals to easily restore a PC to a time before certain events occurred.  RollBack Rx makes it easy for users of all skill levels to quickly and easily repair PC issues -  saving time, money and PC trouble. With RollBack Rx you can...
  •   Reverse any system crash (even if Windows can't startup)
  •   Backout of any failed software installations, botched update etc. 
  •   Reverse user errors manually, or set Restore-on-Reboot or Log-off
  •   Roll back minutes, hours, or even months.  
  •   Roll backwards and forwards to any system snapshot 
  •   Allows users to safely test any software. Fast, 100% clean uninstaller
  •   Roll-back, yet recover files from your "future" snapshot(s)
  •   Retrieve files from a crashed PC, even if Windows can not boot
  •   Access control - prevent unauthorized users from access
  •   Automatically schedule snapshots or hard drive restores
  •   Day Zero Disaster Recovery with no data loss
  •   Group Management and Enterprise Network Administration Control

*The blue screen of death (BSoD) is the screen displayed by Microsoft's Windows operating system when it cannot (or is in danger of being unable to) recover from a system error. There are two Windows error screens that are both referred to as the blue screen of death, with one being significantly more serious than the other.

More information on Windows System Restore

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