I have a major problem with the Windows archive bit, and so should you. At the very least, backup product vendors should give us the option of not using it - without penalty. Here's why: If the "ready for archiving" bit is set on a file in Windows, it indicates that a file is new or changed, and that it should be backed up in an incremental backup. Once this happens, the archive bit is cleared. Therefore, the first problem with the archive bit is that it should be called the backup bit, because backups are not archives.