Articles in Category: Applications

Applications include third party programs, software packages and software suites that run on your computer.

Hard Disk Interior

How Do I Transfer My System to a Replacement Drive?

Transferring to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, prepping for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.

Hurricane Katrina

How to Protect Your Computer from Natural Disasters

Natural disasters remind us that our computers, among other things, are at risk. I’ll look at protecting your computer, and more importantly, your data.

Back Up!

Are Deleted Files also Deleted from Backups?

Old backups typically have all of the files that were on your machine at the time the backup was taken — and that’s what you want.

Microsoft Office Installations

How to Move an Office 365 Subscription to Another Machine

The Microsoft Office 365 subscription model makes moving to a new machine very, very easy.

Information Transfer

Restoring an Image Backup from One Computer to Another

The concept seems simple: take a system image of one machine, restore it to another, and avoid lengthy setup time. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

How Do I Back Up My Computer?

How Do I Back Up My Computer?

Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss. I’ll look at what it means and give a suggestion for typical users.

Backing Up Files

What Is Your Most Trusted Method of Backing Up?

Backing up is important. Knowing which tools, techniques, services, and even advice to trust can be a challenge.

An Eight-Step Back Up Plan Using Windows 10's Built-In Tools

How to Back Up Windows 10

How to back up Windows 10 using its own built-in tools in eight easy steps. Four bonus steps handle Microsoft’s plans to retire one of those tools.

The Microsoft Office app in the tiled Start menu

Getting Microsoft Office for Free, Sort of

Microsoft Office appears in every new install of Windows 10, but is it really “included”? Yes and no.

This Is Why I Back Up

This Is Why I Back Up

Here’s another example of why going digital enables a level of backup safety that single originals simply can’t achieve.

What Backup Program Should I Use?

What Backup Program Should I Use?

Backing up your computer’s data is critical. What backup program should you use? There are many, but pragmatically, the best is whatever you’ll actually use.

This Doesn’t Need to Happen

Another day, another story of data loss. The frustrating thing is that it doesn’t have to happen.

Dropbox in the Google Play store

Back Up Smartphone Photos Using Dropbox

Smartphones are a popular way to take snapshots and videos. Tools like Dropbox are great for making sure those are backed up automatically.

Some backup programs can wake up a sleeping machine, but there are still things that could go wrong and cause a backup to fail.

Will a Scheduled Backup Wake My Machine Up If It’s Sleeping?

Some backup programs can wake up a sleeping machine, but there are still things that could go wrong and cause a backup to fail.

Back Up!

How Should I Back Up My Computer Before an Operating System Upgrade or Reinstall?

Step one to an operating system upgrade? Create a full system image backup of up your entire machine! Step one to a reinstall? The same.

Why is Backing Up Your First Recommendation for Everything?

Nothing protects you and your data like a complete, recent backup, even when it might not be obvious. That’s why I harp on it so much.

Office 2003 on Windows 10

Can I Use Office 2003 with Windows 10?

Installing 14-year-old software on current operating systems is likely to create problems. Office 2003 and Windows 10 is one such match.

Adventures with Image Backups and Secure Boot

I loaned my laptop to my cousin for several weeks. Here are the steps I took to give her a clean machine, while restoring the machine to my configuration on her return.


What’s a Good Free Alternative to Microsoft Office?

There are many, many alternatives to Microsoft Office. Whether or not they’ll work for you depends on your needs.

The Cloud

Can I Rely on My Online Service Provider’s Backups?

You can rely on online services for many things, but it’s unwise to rely on them too much.

Restoring a File from an EaseUS Todo Image Backup

Even though an image backup contains everything, that doesn’t mean you need to restore it all if you only need one file.

Restoring an Image Using EaseUS Todo

You have an image backup and an emergency disk. Here’s how you restore that image to your computer.

Full Image Backup

Full? Incremental? Differential? What Kind of Backup Do I Want?

Terms relating to backing up can be exceptionally confusing. Understanding the terms can lead to better decisions when backing up.

What "The Cloud" Really Looks Like

Recovering from Ransomware with an Online Backup

People often cite ransomware as a reason to avoid automated online backups, thinking that those backups will be impacted. OneDrive provides an answer.

Backup Flash Drive

Just What Is a Backup, Anyway?

At its most basic, backups are simple: a copy of something to keep it safe.

Creating an EaseUS Todo Emergency Disk

Before you can restore a backup image created using EaseUS Todo, you’ll need an emergency disk.

Microsoft Office Apps

Is a Microsoft Office Subscription Worth It?

Before you dismiss it because it’s a subscription product, take a look and do the math – Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.

Creating a Backup Image Using EaseUS Todo Free

Microsoft is apparently removing image backup capability from Windows 10. We’ll make an image backup using a third-party alternative.

Recover Deleted Files in OneDrive

If you’re using OneDrive for your regular work, its Recycle Bin provides an extra layer of backup and protection.

File History interface

Restoring Files with File History

File History, when properly enabled and configured, can restore deleted files or previous version of files that have changed.

Restore Individual Files from a Windows Image Backup

Image backups are good for more than restoring entire images; you can use them to restore individual files as well.

Restoring an Image Backup Using Windows 10’s Built-In Backup

We’ve backed up an image, and we’ve created our recovery drive — it’s time to restore an image using Windows 10’s built-in backup program.

Backing Up

Enable File History in Windows 10

File History is advertised as Windows 10’s backup solution. In reality, it can be a useful component of a larger strategy. I’ll show you how to set it up.

Create Image Link

Creating a Backup Image Using Windows’ Built-in Backup

I don’t think much of Windows’ backup utility–but any backup is better than no backup. Let’s take a look at how to use it.

USB Options

How do I Copy Photos from My Phone to My PC?

Copying photos from your phone to your PC is simple with a few readily available tools.

Data Vault

How Should I Back Up an Encrypted Hard Disk?

Backing up an encrypted hard drive shouldn’t be difficult, but it’s important to understand what you’ll get.

Stack of Disks

How Long Should I Keep My Backups?

Having a regular backup in place is critical – but then what? I’ll look at how long you might want to keep those backups, why, and how long I keep my backups.

Creating a Clone

What’s the Difference Between “Image” and “Clone”?

The difference between image and clone is both simple and confusing, because the terms are used interchangeably to mean different things.

Office Repair Done

How Do I Repair Microsoft Office?

Occasionally, Microsoft Office programs can become damaged for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, you can repair Microsoft Office.

System Reserved Partition

Why is My Backup Program Saying There’s Not Enough Space on System Reserved Partitions?

Your computer’s system reserved partitions should have nothing to do with backing up (other than needing to be backed up themselves). I’ll review what they are, and how a back-up program might be mislead.

Back Up!

What Should I Back Up?

Backing up is incredibly important. Knowing what to back up, where to back up, and how often to back up are just as important.


How to Back Up Photos and Never Lose Them Again

Back up photos and videos religiously to avoid losing your most precious and irreplaceable memories.

It's a good idea to test backups...

How Do I Test Backups?

It’s a good idea to test backups before disaster strikes. Unfortunately, a complete test can be risky. I’ll look at some alternatives.

Backup Flash Drive

Can’t I Just Copy Everything Instead of Using a Backup Program?

It’s tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But if you’re not careful, you could easily miss something very important.

EaseUS Partition Error

EaseUS Todo Gave Me An Error on an “Unknown Partition”. What Should I Do?

EaseUS Todo will throw an error if one of the partitions you want to back up has an error, or isn’t in an understandable format. I’ll walk you through your options.

External Backup Drive

How Should I Back Up My Hard Drive with Several Partitions to an External Drive?

Backing up to an external drive is an easy way to make sure you’re covered in event of failure. But how should that external drive be configured?

Backup Slate

A Peek Behind My Backup Curtain

I talk about backups a lot. So how do I back up? It’s not for the faint of heart, and you may be sorry you asked…

External Backup Drive

How long should I keep backups?

I can’t tell you how long you should keep backups, but I can give you some guidelines and examples of the implications of your choice.

Link to System Image Backup

What about Windows 10 backup?

While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.

Reflect Backup Config

How to Create a Backup Image Using Macrium Reflect Free

Once I’ve convinced you that image backups are important, your next question is most likely to be “OK, How?”. Here’s a short-and-sweet answer and resources to learn more.