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Install backup on Windows XP Home Edition

Although the Backup utility is not mentioned at any point during the default installation of Windows XP Home Edition, it is included. However, you need to do a manual install to prepare it for use.

Some users of Windows XP Home Edition who have tried to back up their systems have been surprised to learn that...

the Backup utility is not included in the default installation of XP Home Edition.

No Backup icon is present on the Start menu in XP Home Edition, nor is Backup listed in Add Remove Programs for XP Home. The utility is not mentioned anywhere during the installation.

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However, the Backup utility is included with XP Home Edition. However, you need to do a manual install to prepare it for use.

To manually Install the Backup utility:

  1. Insert the CD Rom and navigate to CD-ROM Drive:VALUEADDMSFTNTBACKUP
  2. Double-click the Ntbackup.msi file to start the wizard that installs Backup
  3. When the wizard is complete, click Finish.

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This was last published in November 2006

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