Genie Backup Manager Home 8 review

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If you’ve bought a PC with Microsoft Windows Vista preinstalled, chances are it isn’t the all-singing, all-dancing Ultimate version. However, it’s possible to get Ultimate’s power from Vista Basic using third-party downloads.

Only users of Business and Ultimate get backup of the system image and recovery variety. One of the better third-party options to balance the backup equation for Vista users missing out is Genie Backup Manager Home 8. It brings the two things you need from backup software – ease of use and reliability – to your Vista machine. The step-by-step wizard will get you backing up quickly to LAN, removable media, a remote device via FTP or even an Ajax-based online option. And the Vista-compatible image-based disaster-recovery feature brings peace of mind should things go wrong. There’s a choice between an easy interface, which is little more than backup and restore buttons, and the normal UI, which offers advanced users the option to configure every aspect of backup and recovery.

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