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How to use Backup to protect data and restore files and folders on your computer in Windows XP and Windows Vista

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article was previously published under Q309340

To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3).For more information, refer to this Microsoft web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows

INTRODUCTION
This article contains information about how to use the Backup program in Windows XP and in Windows Vista to help protect data and restore files and folders on your computer.

The Backup utility in Windows XP and in Windows Vista helps you protect your data if your hard disk stops working or your files are accidentally erased. With Backup, you can create a copy of all the data on your hard disk, and then archive it on another storage device, such as a hard disk or a tape.

If the original data on your hard disk is accidentally erased, overwritten, or becomes inaccessible because of a hard disk malfunction, you can restore the data from the disk or the archived copy by using the Restore Wizard or the Automated System Recovery Wizard.

For more information about how to perform a backup on a Windows 7-based computer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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How to use Backup to protect data and restore files and folders

Note You must have administrative or backup operator credentials on your computer to back up and restore files and folders. Backup operators and administrators can back up and restore encrypted files and folders without decrypting the files or folders.

To make sure that you have the latest information about how to use the Backup program in Windows XP and in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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Article ID: 309340 - Last Review: 12/21/2007 21:31:37 - Revision: 7.3

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