Here’s a tip for using Acronis True Image Home 2011:
If you’ve got Acronis True Image Home 2011 all set up to do scheduled backups, doing an occasional full backup and a more frequent incremental or differential backup, you’ve got much more protection than most users have.
Sure, they’ve got their Recovery DVD’s, if they made them from their computer manufacturer’s directions — or in those occasional cases where the manufacturer actually supplies the recovery DVD’s.
Sometimes the recovery DVD’s can be used to refresh Windows files without messing up the Windows Registry, installed program files and data.
Other times, the recovery DVD’s have to be used to restore the computer to the factory condition, with the original Windows version, with none of the subsequent Windows updates, as well as destroying the installed programs and data.
That’s where a hard drive backup using Acronis True Image Home 2011 really shines — you can restore the operating system, the programs, and the data – in other words, the entire hard drive partition, at one time.
I’ve set my ATIH 2011 on my main desktop to do an incremental backup every 2-3 days, and a new full backup after every 10 incremental backups. All that’s automatic with Acronis True Image Home 2011…
So, what’s the tip?
Even if you have Acronis True Image Home 2011 scheduled to automatically make your backups – and validate them – be sure to MANUALLY start the program occasionally.
By default, ATIH 2011 will check for new versions. If there is one, it will prompt you to download and update it from within the program. It stops after the download, in case you don’t want to update right then.
Finally, since the update probably involves update to the scheduler service, the updates usually require rebooting to complete the upgrade process.