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Microsoft announced Time Machine, which Apple has been offering with macOS since 2007. It was revealed in a Windows Insider blog post as part of Windows 11 Insider Preview build 23466. Unlike the current System Restore program, the Windows 11 Backup app is designed to back up all relevant user data.

So the new app contains installed apps, documents, photos, files, passwords and settings. Microsoft says the app also includes Start Menu and Taskbar configurations to provide a seamless experience. However, Microsoft offers some flexibility in what files to back up. Specifically, the Windows 11 Backup app removes files or settings from the backup process when requested.

Please note that Microsoft currently only offers cloud storage backups, no local storage option. The company only offers 5 GB of free OneDrive storage, and the Windows 11 Backup app serves as another vehicle for its paid subscription service. The current version also cannot automatically reinstall apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Please see the Microsoft blog post for more details.

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