First off, let me say I'm chiefly interested in configuring Windows 8.1 for serious business use. I care not for games nor do I feel there's much if any merit in the Microsoft App Store.
Thus I'm really only concerned with the Desktop, not Metro/Modern.
I've been able to configure / tweak / augment Windows 8.1 into being very nearly as functional as Windows 7. It even offers a VERY few new features, such as the ability to directly mount ISO files.
But it's missing an important feature that I actually used:
Previous Versions: The ability to restore individual files or folders that have been saved in Restore Points and System Image backups.
Many folks didn't know about Previous Versions, but it's really a handy way in Windows 7 to access just a single file or folder from backup if you need to. In Windows 7, it was available in the right-click context menu in Explorer. Not really a mainstream feature, but when you need it (and you know it's there) it's incredibly handy to have.
Windows 8+ offers a feature called File History, but it's not the same thing (and a lot of folks have had trouble even making it work right). If nothing else, it requires more backup space because if you're making System Image backups you'll also need to have File History backups separately. File History certainly can't substitute entirely for a System Image backup.
So my question is this:
Since it IS still possible to make system image backups in Windows 8 (and Restore Points are still created), does anyone know of another method to access data inside them?