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4. Built-In Utilities > 4.1. Better Backups

Better Backups

Backing up is like buying insurance: you don’t need it until you need it. And then you really need it. Unfortunately, most backup programs are not only expensive, they come with phonebook-sized manuals scary enough to make lost data seem like an appealing alternative.

Windows jumps into the breach: its backup software is free. And while the program is not the easiest to use, the following hints will help get you started. (If you’re interested in spending a little bit of money for backup software that’s slightly friendlier, skip ahead to Section 4.1.3 for tips on two alternatives to the Windows backup utility.)

Installing the Backup Program in Windows XP Home Edition


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