As you may know, backing up your computer is an essential task that everyone needs to do. Whether its backing up to a CD or DVD, flash drive or external hard drive, it needs to be done to avoid data loss if your computer crashes. Microsoft has a built in backup utility called Windows Backup or NTbackup as it's commonly known. It's not the greatest utility but it will do the job if that's all you have.
Windows XP Pro, Server 2000 and Server 2003 come with the Windows Backup utility preinstalled. Windows XP Home does not come with this handy utility. Ntbackup is used to backup files and folders from your computer to tape or hard disk. You can schedule backups to be run automatically at specified times or it can be run manually. It is most commonly accessed by clicking on Start, then Run and typing in ntbackup and clicking ok.
It is possible to install ntbackup on a Windows XP Home computer by doing the following:
Place your Windows XP Home CD in your drive.
Open a Windows Explorer window or double click My Computer.
Browse to the ValueAdd\Msft folder and find the ntbackup.msi file.
Double click it to install it to your computer.
If you do not have access to a Windows XP CD you can click here to download the ntbackup.msi installation file.