By installing Windows 11, Microsoft announces the App Restore feature
Windows 11 will soon be able to restore installed apps. It is clear, like Android or iOS, that the operating system will soon be enriched with a feature that facilitates its recovery.
Microsoft reveals that Windows 11 will be enriched with a new feature to simplify and personalize the installation. It works with online accounts by keeping a history of the applications found on the PC in the cloud. When installing on another device, it will be possible to speed up the configuration, since the process will offer to restore the different software used and certain parameters.
On the other hand, this backup and restore feature seems to only rely on the Microsoft Store. This means that it is limited to the software available on this distribution service. It is currently a hypothesis, knowing that the company has not yet specified anything.
Its operation is quite simple. During the initial configuration of the operating system, if a connection to a Microsoft account takes place, an invitation is offered to restore programs and settings from a backup copy. The process then downloads those apps from the Microsoft Store as soon as their icons are selected on the taskbar or Start menu. Apps seem to only download if launched. It is a solution to save storage space.
It is possible that this feature will evolve before its official release. The big question concerns software installed through a channel other than the Microsoft Store. Will Microsoft provide this option?