I do have XP Pro, but I've never used any program for back up. I just right click the file and send to cd.
It doesn't get any simpler than that.
There is a suggestion to back your files using Window XP Backup utitily, well Window XP Home Edition does not have the capabitiy to do this so you will have to use some other software, such as Nero Back-up or something similar. Otherwise, I thinks all the suggestions are great and should be adopted by all.
Window XP Home Edition users should remember that it does not have all the bell and whistles as Window Professional and I wish this forum would clarify the solutions.