Backup and restore in Windows 11 is getting easier with this feature

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Among all the exciting features that were just unleashed in the recently-released Build 23493 for Dev insiders, backup and restore in Windows 11 is among the hot ones. If you find yourself using this feature a lot, you’re in for a treat.

You may remember that, back in Build 23466 for Dev insiders in May this year, Microsoft launches improvements in the backup and restore feature and introduces a new Windows Backup app. Fast forward to now, the ability extends to desktop apps that were not installed from the Microsoft Store. 

With this update, users will find their desktop app pins restored on both the taskbar and Start Menu. Even apps that were not acquired from the Microsoft Store can be easily restored. For apps available in the Store, users can simply click on the app pin to initiate the restoration process. For apps not available in the Store, users will be directed to the web to download the respective installer.

To experience this new functionality, both the backup and restore devices must be updated to the latest build. Users can initiate the restore process during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) when setting up a new PC or by resetting an existing PC through the settings menu.

The long-awaited debut of Windows Copilot, Microsoft’s AI assistance tool, is also now available for insiders in this very Build. This highly-anticipated feature is generating excitement among users, and it is worth exploring.

Have you tried the new app for backup and restore in Windows 11? Let us know in the comments!