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Chapter 15. Maintaining Your Windows Vis... > Configuring Automatic File Backups

Configuring Automatic File Backups

Follow these steps to configure and activate Vista’s Automatic File Backup feature:

1.
Click Set Up Automatic File Backup and then enter your UAC credentials to load the Back Up Files Wizard.

2.
The wizard first wants to know the backup destination. You have two choices (click Next when you’re ready to continue):

  • On a Hard Disk, CD, or DVD— Select this option if you want to use a disk drive on your computer. If you have multiple drives, use the list to select the one you want to use.

  • On a Network— Select this option if you want to use a shared network folder. Either type the UNC address of the share or click Browse to use the Browse for Folder dialog box to select the shared network folder.

3.
If your system has multiple hard drives, the wizard asks you to select which of them you want to include in the backup. Deactivate the check box beside any drive you don’t want to include in the backup (you can’t exclude the system drive, however), and then click Next.

4.
The next dialog box provides you with a long list of file types to back up, including documents, pictures, videos, and e-mail, as shown in Figure 15.13. Leave the check boxes activated for those document types you want to include in the backup and then click Next.



Figure 15.13. Use this wizard dialog box to specify the file types you want to include in the backup.


5.
The next dialog box asks you to set up a backup schedule:

  • How Often— Select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

  • What Day— If you chose Weekly, select the day of the week you want the backups to occur; if you chose Monthly, select the day of the month you want the backups to occur.

  • What Time— Select the time of day you want the backup to run. (Choose a time when you won’t be using your computer.)

6.
Click Save Settings and Start Backup to save your configuration and launch the backup. Windows Backup lets you know that it will perform a full backup of your system now.

7.
Click Yes.

8.
Follow any instructions that appear on screen, particularly if Windows Backup asks you to insert or format a disc. After the backup starts, click the File Backup is Running icon in the notification area to watch the progress.

9.
When the backup is done, click Close.


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