Have you ever been working on a spreadsheet, or a word document, and been working on it for hours, and then when you get close to finishing it, oops the power glitches, and everything is gone. Time to start over again 🙁 Autosave did not work, and your left there with a blank page. Another example would be that you have your new computer, and start adding new programs over a period of months, and years. You get it just like you like it, and you turn it on one day, and it doesn’t boot up, or it crashes on you while installing a program, or you get a virus, or spyware, and your system is sending personal information over the internet to some hacker. There are many unplanned things that can happen. Protect yourself by backing up your system on a regular basis. Saving your documents frequently while working on them. There are many software programs you can buy retail, that work really well.
If you use Windows Vista, backup is included, but you will need to setup your automatic file backup. Windows default setup, will make a restore point every time you update Windows, but you can set it up by going into your start menu, looking for the Accessories folder, and clicking it, then look for the System Tools folder, then open that folder, and you will find Backup Status and Configuration. Choose this setting.
Once you open the program, you will be presented with a few options, these will include
1) Set up automatic file backup
2) Backup now
3) Change backup settings
For now we want to choose “Set up automatic file backup”. This will open a window where you can choose which media you will save to, this will be CD, DVD, Hard disk, etc. There will also be an option to save somewhere on a network, in my case I have an external 1TB Hard disk connected to my network, so anyone on my network can use it for backup, or storage.
For most, you would use a DVD, CD, or Hard Disk. Files that this backup program will not backup are listed below.
The Back Up Files wizard backs up the most common file types. The following files are not included:
1) System files (the files that Windows needs to run)
2) Program files
3) Files stored on hard disks that are formatted using the FAT file system
4) Web-based e-mail that is not stored on your hard disk
5) Files that are in the Recycle Bin
6) Temporary files
7) User profile settings
You will be presented with check boxes, for thinks like pictures, music, email, etc. Just choose the ones you want, then choose “Next”. With the next screen it will ask you to setup a schedule when you want your system to auto backup these files. When you get your schedule setup the way you like it, then “Save settings and start backup”
No matter what may happen to your system, you can restore to your last backup. there are limitations using this backup, where a retail version will give you more control of what you back up.