This guide to backing up All Information on your computer using Windows XP’s Backup or Restore Wizard is part of my Backing Up Your Computer series. By selecting to backup All Information everything on your computer is backed up. This backup will backup your entire computer. This backup is the largest of all backups. If […]
This guide to backing up All Information on your computer using Windows XP’s Backup or Restore Wizard is part of my Backing Up Your Computer series.
By selecting to backup All Information everything on your computer is backed up. This backup will backup your entire computer.
This backup is the largest of all backups. If you’re going to burn this backup to a CD or DVD make sure it will fit. A CD holds about 700MB, Single Layer DVD holds 4.7GB, and a Dual Layer DVD holds 8+GB.
With that said, let’s get started.
To open the Backup or Restore Wizard click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup to start the wizard.
A welcome screen will open. This screen gives you the option to start the Backup or Restore Wizard in advanced or wizard mode. For simplicity reasons let’s start it in wizard mode. Wizard mode is set by default. Click Next.
The next window asks you if you want to backup or restore files. Backup is selected by default. We are going to backup files. Click Next.
The next screen is where you decide which type of backup you want to perform. Select the All Information option and click Next.
The next screen asks you where you want to save the backup and what you want to name it. In this example I’m going to save the backup file on my desktop and name it mydocsBACKUP. To tell it where to save the file click Browse.
A Save as box pops up so that you can tell it where to save the file and what to name it. I set it to save the file on my desktop and named it mydocsBACKUP. A screen shot of this window is below.
Notice I typed what I wanted to name the file to the right of File name. When you have picked where you want to save the file and what you want to name it, click Save.
You’ll be brought back to the previous window you were in. Notice how the location of where you will save the file and the name of the file is there for you. Click Next.
The next screen summarizes what it’s about to do and gives you the option to setup advanced settings. For simplicity reasons just click Finish. When you click finish the backup is process is started.
Please note that the backup process can take a very long time depending on how fast your computer is and how large of a backup you’re performing.
The first thing that happens is your computer uses shadow copy to capture the data. While it’s doing this you’ll see a window similar to the one below.
Then your computer attempts to estimate how much space it will take to capture this data. A window similar to the one below will popup while it’s doing this.
Now your computer starts making the backup. It shows its progress in a window similar to the one below.
When the backup is finished a window similar to the one below appears.
Your backup is finished. You can click Close to close this box; click Report to see details about the backup.
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