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August 14, 2008 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

How To Install Backup on XP Home

If you have photographs, and/or a music collection, and/or important documents on your computer, you simply must make backup copies or risk losing them forever.

Windows users can take advantage of the built-in Windows Backup utility. I have published a detailed How To for using it to automatically make backups and keep them up-to-date here
(Apple users can make an image backup using the Disk Management applet, which I describe here.)

That said, it should be noted that for some inexplicable reason, the Backup utility is not (usually) included in the default installation of Windows XP Home Edition. To use Backup, you have to install it manually.
Don’t worry, it’s a quick and easy thing to do; the files are on the XP CD-ROM in the “Valueadd” folder.

Tip of the day: Manually Install the Backup Utility
1. Insert the CD which came with your computer into your optical drive. Close any windows that open.
2. Open My Computer and right-click on the CD/DVD drive (usually “D:”) and choose “Explore”. Navigate to CD-ROM Drive:\VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP
3. Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file to start a wizard that installs Backup.
When the wizard is complete, click “Finish”. You will now find Backup in All Programs >Accessories >System Tools.
*4. Now, scroll up and click the first link to read how to use the Backup Wizard and set your machine to run automatic incremental backups.

BonusTip+Today’s free link: Make another backup using another backup tool.. of which there are many different types. Windows Backup is not the best backup type for an all-out system recovery, and so you might wish to use an “imaging” tool like Norton Ghost, Acronis TrueImage Home, or the free DriveImage XML (Bill Mullins talks about this program in a recent post, to read it, and see the appropriate download links, click here.)

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August 14, 2008 Posted by | advice, Backups, computers, file system, how to, Windows, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments