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First Steps
Welcome to the Getting Started guide of UpdateStar Online Backup. With our user-friendly "Plug&Play" approach new users can get started within 3 minutes. The following steps will guide you through the process of installing and activating UpdateStar Online Backup.
Step 1: Installation
Visit our download page to download the installation file. Double-click the installation file and follow the instructions. Accept the "Terms and conditions". Use the "Advanced options", if you wish to choose the installation location yourself or click "Install" to simply use the predefined standard location.

If you chose "Advanced options" you will now have the option of choosing your install directory and if you wish to add shortcut icons to your desktop and your start menu. Click "Install" to continue.
Step 2: Configuration
Login: To be able to use UpdateStar Online Backup you will need to login to your account. Please use your password, if you already have one or create an account within the client or on our website to activate your trial or purchased product license.

UpdateStar Online Backup will automatically show a few typically used folders to get you started quickly. If you wish to further customize your backup you can access the whole folder structure by clicking "advanced view" in the top right corner of your application. After specifying what you want to backup you can choose any given weekday(s) for the backup to take place. You can also uncheck all weekdays, if you only wish to backup your files on demand.

You can specify exactly which folders you want to backup. This is done from the settings tab's "advanced view" option. Here you simply check the folders you wish to trust UpdateStar Online Backup with and to start a backup manually and immediately simply click "Backup now". Please allow for the first backup to take a while, as uploading several GB takes time, depending on your internet connection. Subsequent backups will be much faster.

Step 3: Privacy Key Management
Keep your encryption key safe! You should always have a backup and hardcopy of your encryption key stored in a safe place! This is without doubt the most important thing when you are done configuring your UpdateStar Online Backup. Why? Because all backups are encrypted so only you can access these files and this key is the way to access and decrypt your files. Under the "Account" tab you can choose to print and/or export your encryption key. If you have not done it yet, please do it NOW!
Step 4: Restoring your files
Restoring on a new computer: When restoring on a new computer you will need to install UpdateStar Online Backup first (follow the steps of the installation guide). After the installation you simply log on with your email and password and import your encryption key (see step 3). Once this is done you can freely choose which backup you wish to restore just as shown below.

Select backup: Restoring a backup is simple. Access your UpdateStar Online Backup application and choose the "Restore" tab. Here you will have a list of your backup sets. Choose from which set you wish to restore and click "Restore backup set" or click "Browse backup set" to search and restore specific files from the backup. It is that easy!


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