Best Free Alternative to RollBack Rx for Windows 10/8/7

Posted by @Teresa

September 28, 2017

Learn the guidelines of using RollBack Rx Home and its free alternative to protect your PC as the disaster restore solution in Windows 7/8/10.

About RollBack Rx

RollBack Rx is one disaster recovery solution designed for Windows OS, which will create a full snapshot for the first time called “baseline” after the complete installation, and you can revert back your operating system to previous state. RollBack Rx has three editions aiming at different groups, RollBack Rx PC Home Edition, RollBack Rx PC Professional Edition, and RollBack Rx Server Edition. Therein, Home Edition is free of charge. RollBack Rx is also a software uninstaller and malware remover, which ensure the security of your running OS. Mostly business firms like companies & corporations, schools, internet shop, and people who do lots of security testing that against virus/malware attack will benefit most from this software.

Rollback RX Home

The installation of RollBack Rx is a little complicated than regular software. To install RollBack Rx, you need to firstly do a clean install of your Windows so that you can make the “baseline” reduced to the maximum. Secondly, backup your system with reliable backup software. Thirdly, start to install the RollBack Rx in custom installation. Finally, install your favorite software and security software one by one. Note that if you’re using the RollBack Rx Home Edition, you can only protect the system drive. If you don’t have the “Home” key on your keyboard, you can go to Rx settings and choose a new “console key”. After the completely installation, you can back up the entire PC to external hard drive for extra layer protection.

Once installed, the RollBack Rx is invisible except for an icon in the system tray. The workflow of this utility is that it takes a snapshot daily at first boot and whenever you launch a Setup.exe program. If disaster strikes, pick a previous snapshot to restore your system. If Windows crashed, this utility still have sub-console (mini OS) that boots prior to Windows.

Why would you need RollBack Rx alternative?

First of all, as covered before, the Home Edition of RollBack Rx protects only system partition instead of the whole hard drive. You can easily create a snapshot of the system, and later revert it to an earlier time. But what about the irreplaceable files and documents and photos you've created? It doesn’t monitor the file for changes, so it is not a real continuous data protection. Installing one another file backup software to protect them or purchasing the paid version of RollBack Rx is not an effective and wise choice.

What’s more, the free version of RollBack Rx doesn’t support Schedule Task. The Task Schedule in Home Edition comes pre-configured to take a snapshot at the first boot of the day and upon execution of “Setup.exe” function, which means that you cannot set it to weekly or monthly mode. It also cannot take snapshot for multiple partitions or physical drives, which is quite inconvenient nowadays since so many users equip more than one hard drive in their PC.

Task Scheduler

Moreover, RollBack Rx PC Home Edition fails to encrypt snapshots that may bring unauthorized access to your images. You are advised do not install Rx on a SSD drive because it doesn’t allow the SSD TRIM function. And it does not work with SCSI, RAID or MIRROR hard-drive configurations as well. An increasing number of users would like to transfer C drive to SSD for better performance currently. So Rx is not a perfect solution for users who have SSD installed. So there still is necessary to find out RollBack Rx alternatives.

RollBack Rx free alternative - AOMEI Backupper

If you can achieve the same goal with free alternative to RollBack Rx, why bother to purchase one? AOMEI Backupper Standard is free Backup & Restore software for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and its previous versions. This powerful software allows you to scheduler backup your system drive as well as the entire hard disk drive, and restore the backup image right after the disaster happens. RollBack Rx is able to recovery PC even if Windows crashed, so does to AOMEI Backupper Standard. You can create bootable rescue media beforehand, and boot from the media to restore system image when necessary.

In addition, you can back up both HDDs and SSDs, multiple partitions and physical drives in your computers using this alternative to RollBack Rx. Also, password encrypt backup image and file backup are available in AOMEI Backupper. It supports almost all kinds of storage devices, like hardware RAID, SCSI, and virtual machine system, Thumb Drives, NAS, etc. You can store backup image to anywhere as you wish like NAS, external hard drive, local drive etc. By the way, AOMEI Backupper is much easier to install and manage than RollBack Rx. Download this software and learn how to restore system with it step by step in next part.

Schedule Settings

Backup settings

Restore system image with AOMEI Backupper Standard

Step1. Install and launch this software. Backup is the basis of restoration, so you need to create system backup image first. Click Backup and then click System Backup. Just follow the wizard.

System Backup

Step2. Click Restoreand select the backup point you just created, or you can browse a path to select an image file you created before.

Restore

Step3. Choose the Backup Point, mostly is the latest one.

Backup Point

Step4. This alternative of RollBack Rx will select the restore place automatically, so click Start Restore after your confirmation.

Start Restore

Tips:

  • The restore process will be completed under restart mode since it contains system files.
  • You probably have noticed the option Enable Universal Restore that allows you to restore system image to computer with dissimilar hardware. It is available in Professional edition now. 

Only within several clicks, you are able to restore system image with RollBack Rx alternative AOMEI Backupper Standard. As an all-around imaging utility, AOMEI Backupper is capable of many other things, such as, backup files to OneDrive in Windows 7, incremental backup Windows 10 to external hard drive, image disk in Windows 8, and so on. The paid version AOMEI Backupper Professional is full-featured utility that embedded with more advanced functions. For example, it can help you automatically delete old backup in Windows 7, Windows 10 and other operating systems.

Technically, AOMEI Backupper Professional is competent alternative to RollBack. This utility has embedded with more powerful functions, such as command line backup, command line restore, command line clone, merge backup images and so on. It has 30-day free trial and you may want to have a try.