By Delia / Last update November 30, 2020

How do I backup my computer Windows XP?

"Hello, I'm pretty technologically illeterate. I'm trying to find a software that is able to backup my Windows XP computer in case my current hard drive fails. What I'm looking for is something I can put the installed OS, programs and other files in a new hard drive, or is there no such things. Any help is appreciated! Thanks."

There is no doubt that no one want to make their Windows XP computer down or lose their important data, even though they are very old. Therefore, many users want to make an exact copy of original system and data on it and then use it to recover their computer in the event of a disaster, such as, low disk space problem, line fault, physical failure, or hackers and viruses attack or other unexpected incidents. That is what Windows XP backup software can do for you.

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As a matter of fact, Windows XP has a built-in backup utility, but it's not available on the home version. You can still download Windows XP home backup utility or install if from the original XP home edition CD. Except for this built-in software, you can still use another software to meet this demands, AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example.

It is a complete Windows backup utility for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 that integrates with multiple backup features and backup options, such as, system backup, disk backup, file backup, schedule backup in daily/weekly/monthly & incremental/differential backup, compress, comment, email notification etc.

Backup System Partition with Windows XP backup software - NTBackup

NTBackup is a backup software in early Windows, such as, Windows XP, to help you backup system partition, and then restore your computer to an earlier date. It's removed from Windows 7/8/10 and Microsoft provides another replacement backup tool called "Backup and Restore" or "Backup and Restore(Windows 7)". For detailed steps, go to Windows 7 backup and restore.

Then, let's start to backup system partition with NTBackup in Windows XP.

Step 1. Press "Win + R" to open the Run window, then input "ntbackup.exe" and click "OK".

Step 2. Click "Backup Wizard[Advanced]" and click "Next".

Window XP Backup Utility

Step 3. Tick "Back up everything on this computer" when you are aked to choose what to back up, and click "Next".

Step 4. Then, select backup destination and set backup name, and click "Next". Please note that this software does not support backing up system to CD/DVD.

Step 5. Click "Finish" and your backup will start.

Wait for a long while, the backup task will be completed, and it depends on how much data you have. Once done, you can start to restore system with "Restore Wizard[Advanced]" in Backup Utility.

But different versions of XP are not compatible for backup function. In other word, if you want to use the Windows Backup from a XP Home computer to newly install a XP Pro one, the recovery could not be completed automatically and totally unless with the floppy drive which is almost extinct. At this case, you'd better use another backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Windows XP Backup and Restore System Image with AOMEI Backupper Standard

As a free Windows XP backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard not only makes up for the defect of built-in tool but also lets this process simple and efficient with its powerful backup feature, even backup only changes since the first full backup.

You are allowed to image system partition to various storage device, such as, external hard drive, flash drive, CD/DVD, network drive, NAS etc. Also, you can create a bootable media (USB or CD/DVD) to boot computer when its fails to boot.

In need of protecting system and data on it, please download this software and follow detailed steps below to backup and restore system image in Windows XP.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Server, and click "Backup" and "System Backup" in order.

System Backup

Step 2. Click where the arrow point and select a storage device to store the system image backup, it can be any device detected by Windows.

Select Destination

Step 3(optional). Click "Schedule" and select daily/weekly/monthly backup to backup system continuously. Meanwhile, incremental backup is the default backup option under the Advanced tab. Then, click "Start Backup" to create a system image for Windows XP.

Schedule Settings General

• The scheduled differential backup is only available on AOMEI Backupper Professional and higher version, therefore you need to upgrade the freeware first.
• If you want to create a system image backup and take it everywhere, you could consider using "USB plug in" feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional.
• If you create a schedule backup, it's suggested to enable backup scheme (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) to delete old backups automatcally, thus you will always have the latest backup without disk space issue.

Wait for a while, and click "Finish" when the backup task is completed. Then, at any time, if your computer is in trouble, you can restore system image to new hard drive by the "Restore" feature and boot computer from the restore disk.

Windows XP Backup and Restore System Image

Wrriten in the end

Windows XP has its own built-in backup software, but if you want an easier way or more advanced features, you'd better use a 3rd party Windows XP Backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It can not only backup system partition but also keep track of changes made on this partition, so you can recover your computer with the latest backup in the event of a disaster.

In addition, you can schedule backup system at a regular interval, such as, daily/weekly/monthly, and the backup time can be any off-peak hour. To ensure the backup task is executed automatically, you are supposed to tick "Wake the computer to run scheduled task", which will wake up your computer 2 minutes before the tasks start. Also, You can backup only changes with its incremental backup or differential backup. Learn more, please download this software to explore it yourself.