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Back up on XP

What should I copy to CD to make a back-up?
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Hi There what you back up is realy up to you, but I assume you are asking in case of a time when you have to reinstall the OS and you want to restore your files etc. What I like to back up is my Address book, My Documents, My Emails, My Favorites and so on. I also have a Dragon Naturally speaking and I back up the User file as the training for the program takes quite a while to re input. If I were you I would make sure I back up things like that, some people like to back up cookies but I don't. I am not sure but I thought XP had a program on it to automaticly back up your files and settings, as I have only win 98SE I cannot say on that one but no doubt someone will respond and put you on the right track. Regards Tony B.

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The basic rule: everything you can't easily recreate from CD or from the Internet and don't want to lose in case of calamities.
This is nearly equivalent to 'everything you made yourself'. Which depends on what you do with the machine with what programs. Everything made by Microsoft and HP and Symantec and the like is easily restored from the original media.

For example, you might find it interesting to backup saved games from 1999 up to now, just to be able to replay all your victories. Or, just as well, you might not use the machine for gaming at all.
And you might have a selection of 1000 music files of your favorite artist, collected from unknown sources during 5 years, you wouldn't want to lose. Or you might not. Or pictures of your beloved ones you've got nowhere else.

As mentioned, more or less standard is a backup of
address book, mails, Word and Excel documents, Access databases, your own pictures and photo's, Word's normal.dot (if you have invested time in it) and custom.*** files.

Do you happen to use the machine for programming, backup all your sources. Do you happen to run application programs (like Money or a CD-administration, well there are thousands and thousands of applications, but you get the picture) backup all the data files belonging to them.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Yes, thanks kees, it does help. Your suggestions make sence and that's what I'll do.David

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