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Windows 7 backup solutions: Comprehensive evaluation guidelines
With Microsoft phasing out Windows XP, it's natural that your business has already made the migration to Windows 7. Backup solutions for the new platform are many, but few make the grade when it comes to organizational requirements. Here are our comprehensive tips to help you evaluate Windows 7 backup solutions for your environments. Source: DataCenter.techtarget.in (September 24, 2010)
backup plans for the desktop
A good desktop backup plan is absolutely integral to a
well-secured network. Often, it's the only way to restore
business operations after a security breach or other
disaster. There are a number of different hardware and
software options you can pursue when creating an overall
backup strategy. This article takes a look at a few of these
options, so you have the groundwork to make an informed
decision for your organization. Source: SearchWinIT.com
(April 27, 2003)
and restore functions in Windows: Advantages and limitations
Windows has several built-in data protection mechanisms --
NTBACKUP, Automated System Recovery, Device Driver Rollback
and System Restore – plus Data Protection Manager. In this
tip, Brien M. Posey looks at the advantages and
disadvantages of each. Source: SearchWinComputing.com
(Oct. 3, 2006)
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. Source:
(Nov. 28, 2006)
drive backup: Pros and cons
There are good reasons for Windows administrators to use
external USB drives for backup. There are also reasons not
to. Source: SearchWinComputing.com (Sept. 12, 2006)
Damaged Registry Repair and Recovery in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 318159
- When a registry hive becomes damaged, your computer may become unbootable, and you may receive one of the following Stop error messages on a blue
Protection and Recovery in Windows XP (revised)
XP provides many enhancements in the area of data
protection©especially Encrypting File System (EFS).
This article provides a technical walkthrough that
illustrates how to use important data recovery and
protection features in Windows XP. Also included
are best practices and the steps you need to take
to build an effective data recovery and protection
strategy. Source: Microsoft.com
Windows XP System Restore
This MSDN Online article discusses the System Restore feature of
Microsoft Windows XP, which enables you, in the event of a
problem, to restore your PC to a previous state without losing
personal data files.
Six Deadly Backup Sins
Learn how to avoid a disaster-recovery nightmare. Source: Windows
2000 Magazine (April 2000)
Windows desktop backup tasks
Admins can certainly automate the Windows desktop backup process
-- all they need to do is choose the right tool. Source: SearchWinComputing.com (Nov. 21, 2007)
to create Multiple CD-ROMs from a Set of Files in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305600 - This step-by-step article describes how to create multiple CD-ROMs from a set of files in Windows XP. With Windows XP, you can easily use writable CD-ROMs to store files in a secure medium for later recovery, archiving, and so on.
How to install Backup from the Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 302894 - The Backup utility is not included in the default installation of Windows XP Home Edition.
to use Backup to Back Up Files and Folders on Your Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308422 - This article describes how to back up files and folders on your computer by using the Backup program that is included with Windows
to use Backup to Restore Files and Folders on Your Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309340 - This article is a step-by-step guide to using the Backup program in Windows XP to restore files and folders on your
to configure Recovery Techniques in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307973 - You can configure the actions that Windows takes when a severe error (also called a fatal system error, or stop error) occurs. You can configure the following
How to Set up and Use Automated System Recovery in
This article describes how to set up and use Automated System
Recovery (ASR) in Windows XP. ASR is a two-part recovery system
consisting of ASR backup and ASR restore.
to recover from Failed System Drive with Non-Default %SystemRoot% Folder
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 235478 - When you install Windows XP or Windows 2000 by booting from either the Windows installation CD-ROM or the four Setup floppy disks, Setup does not prompt you for or allow you to change the target installation folder name. The default
installation folder is \Winnt.
XP crashes, consider Device Driver Rollback as restore option
When it comes to restoring a faulty Windows XP system, many admins
instinctively reach for System Restore. Maybe they should look at
the Device Driver Rollback utility instead. Source: SearchWinComputing.com
(July 6, 2006)
for recovering data with Data Protection Manager
Having backups of your data won't do you any good unless you know
how to restore them. Here are some options for restoring data
through Microsoft's Data Protection Manager. Source: SearchWinComputing.com
(June 20, 2006)
How to Disable the System Restore Configuration User Interface
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 283073 - This article describes how to locally disable the System Restore Configuration user interface to prevent users from modifying System Restore settings, or from turning this feature on or off for the system and non-system drives.
This is the only way to disable configuration changes and leave
the filter and the service on. It may be particularly useful for
computers with multiple users or for multiple-partition computers.
How to re-Create a Missing Automated System Recovery Floppy Disk
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299526 - This article describes how to create an Automated System Recovery (ASR) floppy disk from the media that stores the ASR backup. During an ASR backup operation, a copy of the Asr.sif and Asrpnp.sif files are backed up to the backup media.
In the event that the ASR floppy disk is not available, both the
Asr.sif and Asrpnp.sif files can be extracted from the ASR backup
set, and then transferred to a floppy disk to be used for an ASR
to restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306084 - This article describes how to use the System Restore tool to return your computer to a previous working state. System Restore takes a "snapshot" of critical system files and some program files and stores this information as restore points.
to start System Restore Tool from Command Prompt
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 304449 - Windows XP includes the System Restore tool, but you cannot start the System Restore tool from a Recovery Console prompt. Because of this, it may be useful to start the System Restore tool when you are unable to start your Windows XP-based
How to Use the System Restore Utility with Windows Management Instrumentation
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 295299 - This article describes how you can use the System Restore utility to create, enumerate, and restore previously created restore points by using Windows Management Instrumentation
Restore Scripting Samples
Download script samples for configuring and operating System
Restore (locally and remotely) on computers running Windows XP
Windows XP's System Restore
Learn how to use Windows XP's System Restore to recover your
system and protect your data. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine
to install the Windows XP Recovery Console
What happens when you can't use Safe Mood to fix an OS that won't boot? Try the Windows XP Recovery Console. Microsoft MVP Brien M. Posey explains step one -- installation.
to use the Windows XP Recovery Console
Once you install the Recovery Console, you have to familiarize
yourself with the new command prompt -- and how it differs from
the one within the OS itself.
lost functionality in the Windows XP Recovery Console
The fact that so many features are disabled in the Recovery
Console can be frustrating for admins. Fortunately, workarounds
can help restore access to most of those functions.
A Discussion About the Bootcfg Command and Its Uses
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 291980 - This article discusses the
bootcfg command and its uses. The bootcfg command is
a Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console command that manipulates
the Boot.ini file.
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314058 - This article describes the functionality and limitations of the Windows Recovery Console. The Windows Recovery Console is designed to help you recover if your Windows-based computer does not start properly or does not start at
to access the Recovery Console During Startup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Q307654 - If Safe mode and other startup options do not work, you can consider using the Recovery Console. This method is recommended only if you are an advanced user who can use basic commands to identify and locate problem drivers and files.
to add More Power to Recovery Console By Using Group Policy
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 310497 - This step-by-step article describes how to use Group Policy to add more power to the Recovery Console. Windows XP provides a Group Policy that lets you add power to the commands that are available in the Recovery Console. Under normal
conditions, the Recovery Console imposes limits on the environment
in which it operates.
WebCast: Microsoft Windows XP: Exploring Boot Options and Recovery Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 324465 - This session will discuss Microsoft Windows XP boot options, Recovery Console commands, and will also talk about how to use them to troubleshoot common issues that you may experience when you start Windows XP.
Known Bugs and Issues
failure: Five reasons backups fail
Media failure, human error and hardware failure are among the most
common reasons backups fail. Learn what you can do to prevent
failures resulting from these issues.
Source: SearchWinComputing.com (August 1, 2006)
Cannot Restore Backups That You Create in Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me with the Windows XP Ntbackup Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305381 - When you attempt to restore a backup in Windaws XP that you create by using the Msbackup tool in Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition (Me), you may receive one of the following error
Cannot Log On to Recovery Console After Running Sysprep in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308402 -
When you attempt to log on to Recovery Console in Windows XP by typing the correct password for the local Administrator account, Recovery Console may display the following error message:
Scheduled Backup May Not Run Under Backup Operator Credentials
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 311866 - When you schedule an Ntbackup.exe task to run under a backup operator's credentials, the job may not complete if someone other than the backup operator is logged on to the console, and the System Event log may contain the following error.
WangDAT 3400DX Tape Drive Stops Responding During Tape I/O Process
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307050 - When you try to use a WangDAT 3400DX tape drive with your Windows XP-based computer, the tape drive may stop responding during the Tape I/O process. The following error message may appear in the log
Windows Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R,
CD-RW, or DVD-R Devices
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315255 - When you select a backup media device in Backup (Ntbackup.exe), you cannot select a CD-R (compact disc recordable), CD-RW (compact disc rewritable), or DVD-R (digital video disc recordable) device.
You Cannot Expand Computer Shares with the Ntbackup Tool in the Entire Network Location
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 316929 - When you use the Ntbackup tool, you cannot select a network resource to back up or restore to if you view the Entire Network location. Note that the Entire Network location also includes Microsoft Terminal Services, Microsoft Windows Network
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