Macrium Reflect 7.2 is a new version of the popular backup software for Microsoft's Windows operating system. The new version adds a host of new features and improvements to the application; reason enough to take a quick look at it.
Existing versions of the application should pick up the update as they run regular update checks (configure the option under Help > Configure Update Check). The new Macrium Reflect 7.2 version is also available for download on the official project site. It can be installed over an existing installation or anew.
Installation is straightforward and holds no surprises.
We reviewed Macrium Reflect in 2008 for the first time and took a look at the major version 7.0 release of the backup software in 2017.
The new version of the backup program improves the updating process. Update notifications and downloads of updates may run in the background starting with Macrium Reflect 7.2.
The application displays update information in a system tray icon now to alert users about updates.
As far as new features are concerned, there are quite a few that need to be mentioned. The build-in rescue media builder supports the creation of Windows Recovery Environments with WiFi support in the latest version; useful in situations where a device is only connected to a wireless access point and not with an Ethernet cable.
Select Other Tasks > Create Rescue Media and in the window that opens the "show more" link. The WIM Settings should list whether WiFi is supported and whether WiFi profiles are copied automatically.
The developers of the backup program improved the Image Guardian component in the new release. Image Guardian protects Macrium backups from all kinds of manipulation including deletion.
The component does not depend anymore on a Windows service and displays a popop notification when blocking events occur. The notification includes a link to the Settings to adjust the functionality. You may also access these under Other Tasks > Macrium Image Guardian Settings.
Note that Image Guardian is not included in the free version. Users of the free version of Macrium Reflect may upgrade to a trial version of the paid versions of Macrium Reflect for 30 days to test functionality; this works from within the application and users may extend the trial period by 7 days once it expires and go back to the free version afterward or purchase a paid license to stay on the commercial version of the backup program.
The option to start the free trial is displayed when you access a feature restricted to commercial versions, e.g. when you open the Image Guardian settings.
Macrium Reflect 7.2 introduces new useful functionality to all users and some to commercial customers. The inclusion of WiFi data if available in rescue disks is a welcome addition to the application and so are some of the other changes or features introduced in the new version.
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