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Windows 8 to clone Apple's Time Machine with History Vault

updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed March 30, 2011

Windows 8 History Vault to ape Time Machine

A leak Wednesday has uncovered plans for Windows 8 to imitate the behavior of Time Machine in Mac OS X. Nicknamed History Vault, it would use the Shadow Copies feature that came as early as Vista but give it a proper visual interface for restoring older files. The WinRumors shot doesn't provide many details of the restoration process but shows that users could use both real and virtual drives to make a History Vault archive.

Apple's equivalent feature first appeared in Mac OS X Leopard in 2005, roughly two years before Vista, and was considered one of the first easy backup options to include an individual file restore system. Mac OS X Lion is due to add a Versions parallel that will let users go back through many edits of a single file instead of simply going by date.

The OS is due to have at least a few major changes and could be the first major revision since Windows Vista, if not XP. It should introduce a Metro-influenced interface with some Windows Phone 7 cues. Microsoft may finally optimize the majority of the interface for finger touch, and it has already said it will support ARM processors to compete properly in battery life with the iPad and a slew of Android tablets.

Speed may be a focus with a fast resume or shutdown in just a few seconds, and the OS may have more dynamic elements that change the interface based on commonly used tasks. The OS isn't due to ship until late 2012 and still has room for new features or improvements to existing ones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. freddymac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There's a shocker!!!!!!!

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Redmond's Copy Machines

    They still work! Good for them. Maybe someday they'll only be 2-3 years behind Mac OSX instead of 5-6 years.

  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Waaaaiiiit a miiinuuuuttee

    Mac OS X Leopard ... in 2005??????? It wasn't released until October 26, 2007.... Facts! Check your Facts!!!!

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  1. archer75

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Windows has had previous versions via shadowcopy for many years now. Even before time machine. They have also had built in automatic backup utility for many years. And previous versions could pull from that and the backup.

    Apple just put a pretty GUI on it but microsoft had the functionality first.

    Maybe some day OSX will get cut and paste.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows 8 is codenamed COPY MACHINE

    Three years late. Will someone fix the copier, please.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About time

    I'm impressed with a lot of the work in the most recent releases of Windows. They perform better, are more secure, and the Interface is more unified. But, I couldn't figure out why Microsoft didn't copy Time Machine before. (Let's face it, everyone copies ideas from each other.)

    Time Machine solved the consumer backup problem. Simply plug in a $100 750Gb drive, and that's it. You never have to think about it again. Microsoft certainly had everything they needed with VIsta's shadow copy, so why didn't Windows 7 have a Time Machine like feature?

    There are only two reasons I can think of: Microsoft didn't want to be accused of copying even more features from Mac OS X, or they couldn't think of a cool sounding name for it. (The last time they tried to sound cool, they came up with "The Social" and "Squirting").

  1. agengler

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's what they do best

    I don't know why they are referred to in the media and a technology leader. The truth is they are followers.

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  1. Joe05

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows 8

    Sorry but Volume shadow copy was around before time machine, and Windows can actually create the backup in separate partition on the same hard drive or externally.

    As for time Machine, It's called system restore in Windows 7 and you don't need an external hard drive to access it..

    I'm still waiting for the OSX version of Hibernate on my Macbrook pro.

    I love snow leopard and i'm looking forward to Lion, but please stay on top of at least some of your facts.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh joy!

    That will be one more thing to disable in our images.

  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Joined: Mar 2011


    Windows has had it's ways of doing this for a whil

    Like most Windows features it's done crudely. Time Machine is simple as heck to setup and brain dead easy to use. Plus, like most Apple stuff, looks cool!

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