Might overwhelm beginners

Expect good results with this comprehensive backup program.

KLS Backup 2008 Professional works well, but, like this publisher's standard edition, doesn't feature the most intuitive user interface. Though it successfully backed up our designated files, novices might find all its features a bit overwhelming.

The user interface has commands at the top of the window, and four panels that display created profiles, profile tests, archives, and archive content. It wasn't immediately clear what to do first, but a backup wizard is offered that helps guide you through the process. Using the wizard, we easily added the files, selected the compression level, and applied encryption and a password to protect the ZIP file. The program immediately backed up our files. On a second run, we opted to back up our Registry keys. We were able to save the output file on a DVD. It took a visit to the Help menu to figure out how to schedule a backup without having to go through the wizard each time, but we were able to successfully schedule task backups. The one major difference between the professional and standard programs is that the professional edition has the ability to back up files to an ISO image, and this worked perfectly.

Novice users might find the user interface a little cluttered, and the 14-day trial period too short to get acquainted with the program. More-experienced users will appreciate the program's comprehensive backup features.

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