Just my opinion here...
Personally, I don't use the Windows XP backup but it depends on exactly what you've got installed and what came with your computer. If you bought a computer which has a full "Recovery CD" designed tobring the computer back to factory condition, or if you have the Windows XP CD plus all the program installation CD's, then there is no reason to do a full backup of the entire hard drive. Instead, simply make a backup of your personal documents, plus new drivers, updates, music you've saved, etc. and you're ready to recover if problems occur.
I save all my important backed up files to a a few CD's. In your case, a DVD disk would even better.
If the entire computer were to die, you could replace the hard drive, reinstall the operating system and programs from your other CD's then copy the personal documents from the back up CD/DVD. .....Or, if it were necessary to buy a new computer..you simply copy the files from your CD/DVD disk to the new computer.
Hope this helps.
Installed the backup from the cd and used the wizard to back up files.
1. will not backup to DVD drive so created a folder to put it in and tried to open and the program wanted a file association, so tried several none worked.
A. Can someone help me through the proper steps
B. Is there an easier way to backup