The Windows XP backup utility gives a built in way of create an automatic backup plan. Just a few settings and you're ready to roll.

Without further ado, here's how to use the Windows XP backup wizard should you choose to do so:

1. Click the Start button

2. Mouse over All Programs ►

3. Mouse over Accessories

4. Mouse over System Tools

5. Select Backup

6. Click Next >

01 Begin Wizard

7. Make sure Back up files and settings is selected

8. Click Next >

02 Backup or Restore

9. Make sure Let me choose what to back up is selected

10. Click Next >

03 What to Backup

11. Select folders or files in My Computer to back up

12. Click Next >

04 Items to Backup

13. Choose a location to store the backup file

14. Name your backup file

15. Click Next >

05 Backup Details

16. Click Finish to complete the backup wizard

06 Verify Backup Settings

17. Sit back and relax while the backup process progresses

18. Click Close when the process is complete

07 Backup Progress

Conclusion

It's pretty simple to get the XP backup utility rolling and it doesn't take too long to do. Of course, this depends on your file load. The thing I don't like about this is that it packages up your files into a .BKF file format.

After dealing with .PST files for a couple years and how they easily get corrupted, I'm not convinced this is the way to go. You're mileage may vary. Feel free to check out Microsoft's article How to use Backup to protect data and restore files and folders on your computer in Windows XP.

Don't be afraid to test this out and drop it if it does't work for you.

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