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    Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    My neighbor (and so far, my friend) has a Dell PC about 1 year old that came with WinME. The WinME is becoming quite corrupted. I suggested that he buy a copy of WinXP Home, since this is a stand-alone PC, no network. He wants me to install it for him. I always tend to believe that a clean install is better. Before doing this, I plan to backup his system to an external USB drive. I'm wondering about the best way to do this. I'm under the impression that WinXP Home doesn't have a backup utility. I guess I could do an XCOPY or use Win Explorer to copy his disk..?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I don't mind working on my stuff. Other people's stuff makes me nerveous!

    Thanks a lot for any thoughts.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    Bob,
    You are some what right. XP does have the "Backup" but is NOT installed by default, but is on the CD. Also remember that each version of Backup can NOT read an earlier version to do a restore.
    I have found I have the best luck in using "Drag and Drop in Windows Explorer, and I save WHAT I want and how I want and will be readable by any Windows OS. Make sure you have Windows XP drivers for the external drive if they are needed befor you start.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    Thanks a lot Dave. You probably saved me one heck of a lot of hassle. Assuming that his WinME isn't in too bad shape to recognize the USB drive, I'll use you suggestion of dragging and dropping.

    I was wondering about the backup / restore question. Thank you for answering that. I would have assumed, improperly, that the backup files would be compatible. That would have been to easy for MS I guess.

    Thanks a lot for your quick and very helpful reply.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    If I may, Bob, I'd like to add a little to Dave's suggestion about "manual" backup. I too do it periodically, prior to upgrading someone's machine and we geeks tend to copy over the documents, bookmarks, spreadsheets, email and all the obvious stuff, like Quicken data or whatever. I'd suggest you take your time on this and be sure you look in each folder for "custom" stuff the user may have in there. My example is, sometime after the transition the user will say: "Ohmigosh, where's my so-and-so BMP I used to use for wallpaper." Well, it was down in the Windows directory and yours truly didn't think to catch it. Not terrible, just embarrassing!

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    Hi Big Al.....
    Thank you very much for your sage advice. I'm helping him because he's a friend and I'd like to keep him that way.....even though his political opinions a bit weird! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

    I'll be careful and keep your advice in mind. Thank you for reminding me on this one.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    I have a client whose wife has a new Dell laptop with the O/S disc included. My client is asking if he should buy a generic desktop machine without an O/S and use the XP Home disc that came with his wife's machine? I don't even know if machines are sold without O/S, or if there is another problem I need to think about before answering. Can anyone advise? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    It would be illegal and the resore disk most likely would NOT work.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    Thanks Dave, I thought as much, but was not sure as the owner of the laptop and O/S is also the person who wants to get a new desktop. As he is the legal owner I wanted to check if he is permitted to use that same O/S for a machine he wants to build. Appreciate the reply. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    Technically if you have one single-user license, you can use OS on only one machine at a time, that means, you can uninstall that OS from old computer and install it on a new one. But with Dell Recovery (Reinstallation) CD you must know some tricks to install OS on non-Dell computer: modified Setup program checks hardware and rejects installation on non-Dell motherboards.

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    Re: Backup / Restore (WinXP Home)

    <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15> Okay, so if my client who purchased the Dell for his wife and owns that laptop and O/S, it is unlikely to work on a generic machine anyway, yes? I will advise him of this, I did suggest he contact Dell and ask them, but he found they were disinterested because he was not buying another machine from them. Said he could not get a direct answer. Appreciate the additional information. The only thing that threw me was the O/S he has in hand is still sealed, so I assume the laptop he purchased must be factory loaded using maybe the O/S he was given? Strange that this is not clear. Nor did the new machine come with any information. I think he is safer to just purchase another copy of the O/S. I do Thank you for the reply, this all helps me to learn as well. I have never purchased a new computer without an O/S, so I had no idea. Always learning in this forum, its great.

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