Backup Data in Windows® XP® Home Edition
What is the need to backup in Windows XP Home edition? How can you backup data in Windows XP Home edition?
The word 'backup' means the process of generating the copy of any data or information that is stored in the system. Thus, by generating the backup of the data, programs and other applications, you can avoid the loss and, protect the system. Computers, like any machine, may crash due to many reasons. To protect your vital files from being lost because of computer failure, you need to take the backup of your system. Some of the editions of Windows are installed with the feature of backup and recovery. You can also use a backup utility for this purpose. A backup utility is a program that allows you to save your crucial files to an external disk. If you have Windows XP Home Edition, you need to manually install Windows Backup.
Following are the steps to backup data in Windows XP Home edition:
- What to backup
- Where to store backup
- Installation of backup
What to backup
First of all, you need to decide the data that you want to back up. This is important for the backup process. You can click ‘All information’ in Search option on the system in order to take backup of every bit of data on your system. If you have installed many software, the backup can increase to many GB. In most cases, 'My documents and settings' option is an improved choice. The selection can conserve your data file and the personal settings that are stored in Windows Registry. In the case of a shared family PC, you need to choose 'Everyone's documents and settings'. This option can backup the personal files and preferences of each user with an account on the system.
Where to store backup
You need to specify the backup location. Usually the backup utility offers you a variety of options in 'Select a backup type' box. You need to click 'Browse' and select your preferred location. The perfect backup location is a detached partition from the one you are creating the backup. If the system’s hard disk is partitioned into drive C and drive D, and your data is located on drive C, you can safely backup to drive D. You can also select a Zip drive or other removable media. For storing the backup, you can consider a shared network drive or an external hard disk drive.
You need to insert your Windows XP CD into the CD drive. If the Windows XP Setup does not appear after few seconds, then open 'My Computer' and right-click on CD drive. Click 'AutoPlay'. A 'Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP' window appears. Select 'Perform additional tasks'. Then, click 'Browse this CD' and double-click 'VALUEADD'. Click on 'MSFT', and double-click 'NTBACKUP' in order to open the 'VALUEADDMSFTNTBACKUP' folder. From 'NTBACKUP' folder, you need to double-click 'NTBACKUP'. Once the setup is complete, you need to click 'Finish'.