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Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Overview and Install

Summary: This article provides an overview and how to install Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8

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This article provides information about Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Overview and Install


Table of Contents:

  1. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Overview
  2. Install or Uninstall, Update, and Upgrade Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8
  3. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: First Launch Setup
  4. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Home Screen Navigation
  5. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Useful Links

1. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Overview

 

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 is no longer shipped in Dell systems. This article is provided for legacy user information only.

 

SLN297423_en_US__1icon The information contained is this article also applies to the AlienReSpawn backup software available with Alienware systems.

 

SLN297423_en_US__3icon Caution: Before upgrading your system to Windows 10, you must install the latest updates to Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 to ensure that the software works after the upgrade. For more information, please see the following article Dell Backup and Recovery (DBAR) and Windows 10

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 is a safe, simple, and reliable backup and recovery solution. It can protect your system (OS, applications, drivers, settings) and data (music, photos, videos, documents, and other important files) from data loss.

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 comes in two versions, Basic and Premium. 

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: The cost of the Premium upgrade varies by region, to obtain the cost please follow the steps outlined in Section 2 - Upgrade section. The price is displayed before giving you the option to continue or not.

The basic version comes preinstalled on all systems. You can create system recovery media and take a backup of the factory installed applications and drivers. It also helps the user to restore the computer to the factory image if there is an OS issue or Hard Drive failure.

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 replaces Dell Backup and Recovery 1.7, DataSafe Local, and DataSafe Online on all consumer platforms. It replaces Dell Backup and Recovery Manager (DBRM) on commercial platforms.

Users can select the premium version while ordering the system at the Point of Sale. The upgrade is delivered via Dell Digital Delivery. The premium version is also available as an upgrade through an option inside the application.

Shortly after the system is turned on for the first time, Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 will automatically run its "First Launch Setup" wizard. For more information, see Section 3 below.

There are also several other ways to open Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8:

1. On the Desktop, double-click the Dell Backup and Recovery icon.

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2. In the Desktop System tray (bottom right by the clock) double-click the Dell Backup and Recovery icon.

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3. On the Windows 8 Start Screen, start typing "Dell backup and Recovery." The app appears in the search results as you type, click the icon, or press Return when highlighted.

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SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: If the application is not installed, you have to download the latest version from the Dell Backup and Recovery website: www.dell.com/backupandrecovery

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2. Install or Uninstall, Update, and Upgrade Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8

Install or Uninstall

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 comes factory-installed on all supported systems.

If you need to reinstall the application, you can only download it from the Dell Backup and Recovery website: www.dell.com/backupandrecovery

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: While the application can be downloaded, the system can be imaged only from the recovery media created from the system.

Dell Backup and Recovery can be uninstalled from the "Programs and Features" option in the control panel.

Updates

SLN297423_en_US__3icon Caution: Before upgrading your system to Windows 10, you must install the latest updates to Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 to ensure that the software will work after the upgrade. For more information, please see the following article Dell Backup and Recovery (DBAR) and Windows 10

Dell Backup and Recovery needs to have the latest updates in order to keep it running efficiently.

Users that are currently running Dell Backup and Recovery 1.7 receive a prompt to update to the latest version. Click the notification to begin an update.

Clicking the highlighted section begins the upgrade.

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In Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8, you can manually update by following these steps:

1. Click the Question Mark on the top-right hand corner.

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2. Click Check for Updates to search for and install the latest updates.

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If an update is available the system prompts you to install an update, clicking Install Update automatically updates to the latest version.

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Upgrade

The Basic version of Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 can be upgraded to the Premium version which gives you the full functionality of the tool.

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: The cost of the Premium upgrade varies by region, to obtain the cost please follow the steps outlined below. The price is displayed before giving you the option to continue or not.

The following table represents the feature differences between Basic and Premium.

Features Basic Premium
Restore your system back to factory state. Yes Yes
Manually backup and restore user data Yes Yes
Back up your applications and settings (system backup)   Yes
Merge backups and archive old backups.   Yes
Continuously backup data locally (to a disk)   Yes
Back up and restore files based on type   Yes

You must pay a fee for the upgrade. Follow these steps to upgrade to the full version of Dell Backup and Recovery:

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: If you purchased the Premium version of Dell Backup and Recovery at Point of Sale, you would need to use the Dell Digital Delivery to activate the premium version. Do NOT follow these steps.

1. Make sure the system is connected to the Internet and click Upgrade required, either next to System Backup or next to Next Backup.

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2. Click Upgrade Now.

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3. Select the desired upgrade option.

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4. The system connects to the Dell Backup and Recovery shopping cart page. Users need to fill in all the information (Delivery address, Billing address, Payment options) as required to purchase the upgrade.

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5. Go back to the upgrade page and The Activation Code should be entered automatically and DBAR will upgrade.

SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: If for some reason the Activation Code is not entered automatically during the upgrade process, then you must enter the Activation Code manually.

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3. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: First Launch Setup

Shortly after the system is turned on for the first time, or the first time the application is run, Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 automatically runs its "First Launch Setup" wizard. This guides users through the initial setup of Dell Backup and Recovery. This can be either "Snoozed" by pressing Later or turned off by selecting Do Not Remind Me and pressing Later

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1. To continue, Click Next

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2. The application guides you through making Factory Recovery Media. This is covered in more detail in the following article: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Factory Recovery Media

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3. If you have purchased the Premium version, the next step is to create a System Backup. System Backup is a snapshot of all the programs, system settings, and files on your main hard drive and can be used to restore your system. This is covered in more detail in the following article: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Backup

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4. The last step is Data Backup, this takes a snapshot of all your selected data files. You can use this to restore missing or damaged files. This is covered in more detail in the following article: Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Backup

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5. After completion, the wizard will show a summary of what has been completed or is still to do. If steps are not completed, the next time users open Dell Backup and Recovery the wizard will open to the first incompleted item.

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6. The Wizard can be started at any time if the user has incompleted items by clicking "?" mark in upper right-hand corner of the Home screen and clicking First Launch Setup

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4. Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Home Screen Navigation

Home Screen

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On the left-hand side, you see a quick summary of the status and how Dell Backup and Recovery is configured and any backups that are scheduled.

The table below gives a description of the Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8 Home Screen.

Tile or Link Description
Dell
Recommends
This screen will show the next task or item the user should do to protect their system.
SLN297423_en_US__1icon Note: When an update is available, it shows in this box and it takes priority over all other actions. Users should update the software when available to keep it functioning properly.
Factory
Recovery
Media
Used to create Factory Recovery Media
Backup Used to perform System and Data Backups.
Recovery Used to perform recovery, to initiate the system, and to perform data recovery from local backups
Notifications All notifications are listed for users here.
Feedback The Feedback link is located in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Screen. The user can provide feedback on their experience with Dell Backup and Recovery by clicking this.
Terms and
conditions
The link to access the terms and conditions is on the lower right-hand corner of the Home Screen.

Quick Navigation

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User can move between areas within Dell Backup and Recovery without going back to the Home Screen by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the page title, in this case "Dell Backup and Recovery." A drop-down menu appears and the user can select which area they would like to quickly navigate to.

Question Mark

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Clicking "?" on the top-right hand side gives the following options.

  • About
  • Activity Logs
  • First Launch Setup
  • Context Help
  • Help
  • Privacy Settings
  • Check for Updates

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5. Dell Backup and Recovery: Useful Links 

Dell Backup and Recovery Website

Dell Backup and Recovery (DBAR) and Windows 10

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Factory Recovery Media

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Backup

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8: Recovery

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Cause

Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8

Resolution

Overview and how to install Dell Backup and Recovery 1.8.

Article Properties


Affected Product

Legacy Alienware Models, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Retired Models, Fixed Workstations

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

Version

5

Article Type

Solution