Microsoft has unveiled a new feature called “Restore Apps” for Windows 11, aimed at simplifying the setup process on a new PC. The feature was announced at Microsoft’s Build conference for developers and is currently in testing phase. According to PC World, Restore Apps goes beyond transferring personal data by also migrating apps and interface customizations from an old system to a new one.
With Restore Apps enabled (as an optional feature), users will be able to seamlessly transfer their apps, desktop icons, layout, and pinned apps on the taskbar to a fresh installation of Windows 11. This streamlined migration process aims to minimize the hassle and effort involved in setting up a new PC.
However, there are a couple of caveats to keep in mind. Restore Apps currently only preserves applications that have been installed from the Microsoft Store. Other software or apps outside of the Microsoft Store will need to be manually reinstalled. Additionally, to take full advantage of this feature, users will need to sign in with a Microsoft Account during the Windows 11 installation, rather than using a local account.
While the requirement of a Microsoft Account may not come as a surprise, as Microsoft often leverages its account system for user benefits, it remains to be seen how users will respond. The Restore Apps feature is expected to be available for testing soon, potentially in the Canary or Dev channel of Windows Insider builds.
Microsoft’s introduction of Restore Apps demonstrates its commitment to enhancing the user experience and making the transition to a new PC smoother. By automating the transfer of apps and interface customizations, Windows 11 aims to provide users with a familiar and personalized computing environment from the start.