Using Windows XP Backup

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Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the backup program built in to Windows XP. This backup assumes you have some sort of external drive to backup to.


  1. Thanks Kris. This helped. I am doing a full backup of my Lenovo XP because I have some virtual software and programs, plus data. This will probably run for a long time. My system is Windows XP Professional

  2. this is not possible when the O.S. is windows XP HOME it only creates the back up but you cant restore it…please further explanation on how to restore the back up when using windows home XP

  3. So i can go to the mode where it lets me select what i want to backup, amd i could select my entire c drive? (i need to put my whole hardrive on a external hdd because i need to reinstall windows)

  4. How often… that is totally up to you and your comfort level. I'd run once every 2 weeks. Regarding what to do when you fill up your G: drive… you will need to remove some of the older backups. It does NOT delete automatically.

  5. Hello, How often should I run a backup on my Window XP Pro Pc ?
    A friend set it up to go into an internal 'G' drive.
    Another question is, what happens when there no more free space?
    Does it erase an old backup and replace it with the new one?

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