Backup (copy) files from your hard drive to a tape drive, second hard drive, or other removable storage device for the purpose of safeguarding or archiving your data. Note: the Backup utility comes with XP Home and XP Pro, but is only installed by default in XP Pro.
To install it on an XP Home system, pop your Windows XP Home
installation disc into your CD drive. Open Windows Explorer and
runs the installer. When installation is complete, a new Backup entry
will be added to the Start menu. To run Backup, select Start
→ All Programs
→ System Tools. Note: You
can’t back up to CD, despite Windows built-in
support for CD-RW drives. To get around this odd quirk, in Backup,
select File from the “Backup
destination” drop-down menu, save the backup to your
hard drive, then burn that backup to CD or DVD.
Start → Programs → Accessories → System Tools → Backup
Command Prompt →
Microsoft Backup works by creating a backup set—a collection of selected files to be backed up to a removable storage device. This backup set, along with all the selected options available in Backup (e.g., data compression, password protection, error report listing, etc.) are known collectively as a backup “job.”
To begin creating a backup job, choose the Backup tab and use the familiar Explorer-like two-pane view to navigate through your folders. Click ...