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I'm running Windows XP Home Edition. How do I back up my system and files

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  • thaeni Feb 07, 2010

    I don't seem to have a backup utility listed in "system tools"

  • thaeni Feb 08, 2010

    I'm not trying to go to a different computer. I just want to be able to backup my files but I can't

    find the backup utility.

  • thaeni Feb 08, 2010

    Thank You



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Windows XP Home Edition: Add the Backup utility If you're using Windows XP Home Edition and you want to install the Backup utility, first locate your original Windows XP CD.

Add the Backup utility manually to your computer from the CD by following these steps:

  1. Insert your Windows XP CD into the drive and, if necessary, in My Computer, double-click the CD icon to display the Welcome screen.
  2. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform Additional Tasks.
  3. Click Browse this CD.
  4. In Windows Explorer, double-click the ValueAdd folder, then Msft, and then Ntbackup.
  5. Double-click Ntbackup.msi to install the Backup utility.
Note:If you bought a computer with Windows XP Home Edition and you don't have the original Windows XP CD, contact the computer's manufacturer or visit the manufacturer's Web site for more information. You can also use separate backup software that you purchase online, at a store, or the Windows Live OneCare beta.
--> Making backup copies manually Regardless of what version of Windows you use, you can manually make a backup copy of any file or folder by following these steps:
  1. Right-click the file or folder that you want to back up, and then click Copy from the menu.
  2. In Computer, right-click the disk or external hard drive where you want to store the backup copy, and then click Paste on the menu.
After you've copied all the information you want to back up onto your chosen storage format, don't forget to keep it protected.

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I figure that you are trying to move your settings to a new PC or just formatting your harddrive for re-installation.

Follow these steps to perform a full system back-up:

  1. Start the Backup utility and select the files and folders that you want to back up.
    1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
    2. Click Advanced Mode.

      Note If the Backup and Restore Wizard starts, the utility is running in Wizard mode. You can click to clear the Always start in wizard mode check box, and then restart the Backup utility. If you continue to use the Backup and Restore Wizard, your steps will vary slightly from what is listed in this procedure.
    3. Click the Backup tab.
    4. On the Job menu, click New.
    5. Select the check boxes next to the drives that you want to back up. If you want to select specific files or folders, expand the drive where these files or folders are located. Then, select the check boxes next to the files or folders that you want to back up.
  2. Select the System State check box that is located under My Computer in the navigation pane.
  3. If the Backup destination list is available, click the backup destination that you want to use. For eg use your D: drive.

    Notes (optional)
    • If you selected File in this step, type the full path and file name for which you want to back up data in the Backup media box or in the file name box.
    • You can specify a network share as a destination for the backup file. Typically, backup files have the .bkf file name extension. However, you can use any file name extension that you want.
  4. Click Start Backup to open the Backup Job Information dialog box.
  5. Under If the media already contains backups, do either of the following:
    • If you want to append this backup file to previous backup files, click Append this backup to the media.
    • If you want to overwrite previous backup files with this backup file, click Replace the data on the media with this backup.
  6. Click Advanced.
  7. Select the Verify data after backup check box.
  8. In the Backup Type box, click the type of backup that you want to create. For a description of a backup type, click a backup type and the description appears under Description. You can select any of the following backup types:
    • Normal
    • Copy
    • Incremental
    • Differential
    • Daily
  9. Click OK, and then click Start Backup.
  10. When the backup is complete, click Close.

If you are migrating to a new system like Vista then you cannot use backup from XP as such. Please reply back for further instructions before rating this solution.

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

  • Adnan Bhatti
    Adnan Bhatti Feb 08, 2010

    You can install the backup utility from your XP Disc as follows:

    1. Put the Windows XP Home Edition CD in the CD Drive.

    2. Right-click on the CD icon and navgate to the folder: CD drive:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP.

    3. Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file in the following location to start a wizard that installs Backup

    4. When the installation wizard is finished, click Finish.



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