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Windows computers can be backed up so that they can be restored in the event of a drive failure, and to backup user files local to that Windows computer.


  • A computer running Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 8, or 8.1 (possibly 10)
  • A special Windows backup account
  • On the CU wired or wireless network or connected by CU's VPN


Windows backup account

A special Windows backup account is required for each Windows computer to be backed up. Unfortunately even if you manage multiple computers, you will need a different account for each one.

  1. Contact me to create an account for you
  2. Provide your identikey username
  3. The name of the computer you want to backup, for example “Alice's laptop” or “Desktop 2 in RM120”

Setting up the backup

  1. With the provided account information, and connected to a CU wired or wireless network (or on the VPN), go to This does not seem to work with Internet Explorer on Windows 7. Use a different browser if you are on Windows 7
  2. Login with your Windows backup account username and password
  3. Under “Client Download” click “Download”
  4. Once the file has downloaded, run it to install the backup client
  5. The backup client will show up in the Notification area (typically at the bottom right of the screen, near the clock), and looks sort of like a barrel, or perhaps disks. It changes color to show status, so may initially be red to show no backups have been done yet
  6. Right click on the client and select “Settings”
  7. Go to the “Internet” tab
  8. Make sure that “Do image backups over internet:” and “Do full file backups over internet:” are checked
  9. Click “OK”

What is backed up

By default, a system image will be taken, and all files under “C:\Users” will be backed up. Media files matching the patterns “*.mp3;*.avi;*.mp4;*.mkv;*.m4v;*.mpg;*.mpeg;*.asx;*.wm;*.wma;*.wmx” will be excluded from the backups. Adjusting these settings can be accomplished through the client.

  1. Right click on the client and select “Settings”
  2. Go to the “File Backups” tab (by default, this tab is opened)
  3. Adjust the fields “Exclude from backup” and “Include in backup” using these directions to achieve the desired backup coverage


Restoring individual files or directories can be done through the website.

  1. Login with the username and password associated with the computer you want to recover files from.
  2. Click “Backups” at the top of the page
  3. Click on the backup you want to restore from
  4. Download the entire folder as a zip file or navigate to the file you want to restore
  5. Download the file you want to restore
computing/backups/windows.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/03 10:11 by lessem