Home » All » Tools » Windows | All Categories

Published on 01.04.06 by Brent Trahan

Backing Up Your Computer

Backing up your computer is a very important task you need to do on a regular basis encase something bad happens to your computer. I hate it when I work on peoples computers who lost all their photos they saved from their digital camera or any other important files. This is a very common problem […]

Backing up your computer is a very important task you need to do on a regular basis encase something bad happens to your computer. I hate it when I work on peoples computers who lost all their photos they saved from their digital camera or any other important files. This is a very common problem that can be easily prevented. If they would have backed up their computers they would still have their photos.

Most people don’t have the first clue on how to backup their computer. It’s easier than you think. In this guide I’ll show you how to backup your Windows XP Home or Pro computer.
Windows XP Home and Pro come with software called Backup or Restore Wizard. This simple tool will make a copy of whatever you tell it to. It can save only your My Documents or your entire computer. You can even set it to automatically backup your computer on a regular basis.

If you have Windows XP Pro the Backup or Restore Wizard has already been installed on your computer. If you have Windows XP Home it is not installed but it is on your Windows XP Home CD. If you have Windows XP Home and you need to install the Backup or Restore Wizard follow the steps below.

  1. Insert your Windows XP CD into the drive and, if necessary, double-click the CD icon in My Computer.
  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.

If you don’t have your Windows XP Home CD (shame on you) click here to download a copy of the Backup or Restore Wizard. If you need help installing Backup or Restore Wizard click here.

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 lets 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 (shown below) is where you make the decision on what to backup.

This screen gives you 4 options on what to backup on your computer. They are listed below with a short description of each. Click on the name (in bold) to learn how to perform that backup.

My Documents and Settings: Use this option if you want to backup your My Documents folder, Internet Explorer favorites, desktop shortcuts, and other general settings.

Everyone’s My Documents and Settings: This option backs up the same data as the option above but for all users on your computer. This is what you want to do if you have more than one person with separate user accounts on your computer.

All Information On This Computer: This option will simply backup everything on your computer.

Let Me Choose What to Backup: Lets you pick exactly what you want to backup. This is for advanced users.

Below are a few other links I think you might find useful:

Still need help? Ask your computer question now.

Related Guides:

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to this guide's comments RSS feed.

Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Corporation in no way endorses or is affiliated with MAXIMUMpcguides.com. All other products mentioned are registered trademarks of their respective companies. MAXIMUMpcguides IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for any damage or data loss to your computer from using this web site. All information on MAXIMUMpcguides is provided on an AS IS basis with NO WARRANTIES.

Copyright 2006-2017 Brent Trahan. All rights reserved.