Microsoft plans to clone Apple’s Time Machine with ‘History Vault’ in Windows 8

“A leak Wednesday has uncovered plans for Windows 8 to imitate the behavior of Time Machine in Mac OS X,” Electronista reports.

“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,” Electronista reports. “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.”

MacDailyNews Take: Instead of having them fly through space to go back in time, we bet that Derivativesoft will force their sufferers to swim underwater or through lava or jump down a rabbit hole or something else equally stupid and incongruous.

Electronista continues, “Apple’s equivalent feature first appeared in Mac OS X Leopard in 2005 [sic], 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.”

MacDailyNews Note: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with Time Machine was released on October 26, 2007.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Mimeosoft.


  1. What else could one expect? Again, to “provide a revolutionary and innovative operating system”, winedoseis massively investing into copycating… These folks are just soooo pathetic!

  2. That’s funny I was using Volume Shadow Copies on Windows XP for a long time.

    I also used the NT backup system for years going back to NT4.

    Really all they are doing is putting a new GUI over tech that has been in the OS for eons.

    Although the new backup software in Windows 7 is pretty slick. I like that you can mount the virtual VHD files it produces as drives.

    1. You can mount Time Machine archives as drives too, along with restore from them, or use the Time Machine interface. Even more cool is that you can migrate from Time Machine. When you get a new Mac, just migrate from Time Machine and it can take very little time for your new Mac to have everything copied and set up. It’s quite amazing.

      As far as you being one of the few people doing Volume Shadow copies, it’s very different from Time Machine. In addition to what I just mentioned, the biggest difference has to do with the ease of use. On the Mac, all someone needs to do is plug in one cable from a hard drive and say “yes” to setting it up as a Time Machine volume. This is why even the least capable people I know are using Time Machine, but hardly anyone I know even backs up comprehensively on Windows.

      1. I had no idea you could mount time machine volumes in the finder. Schweet!

        My last backup I did on my mac I had so little data at the time on the machine that I just dumped it over to a share on my NAS and then copied it back after I installed snow lep.

  3. Well the dates are not correct. Mac OS X Leopard came out in October 2007, while Windows Vista came out in November 2006. I don’t know the feature in Vista for shadow copies but no matter Apple’s Time Machine is a better solution. Lion only improves that further with Versions and Recovery mode.

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