So you made a backup. Now what? What do you do with it?

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Tech Tip

I wrote a few weeks ago about creating a simple backup in Windows XP. The article is at:

http://moviesgamesandtech.com/2009/12/09/tech-tip-on-a-tuesday-windows-backup-or-restore-wizard/

The result of the backup is one HUGE file. Having all of the data in one file is very simple and easy to manage!

Windows XP Restore

Now what?

You can also restore the ENTIRE PC if you want. OR, although the backup creates one large file, you can actually restore any part of the back up.

It is really easy. Let me show you how I restore a folder I deleted a few days before.

Open the Backup and Restore Wizard.

Windows XP Restore

Click on Restore files and settings.

Windows XP Restore

Choose the Backup ID (date and file name) that want to restore from. Remember that you can restore all or any part of the file!

Windows XP Restore

Double click on the Backup ID and it will open up like a regular directory. You can see that i have my data and System State. I just want a folder that was on the Desktop so I will go and find it.

Windows XP Restore

I click on folders until I get to Documents and Settings>tdaleo and then I see the Desktop folder.

Windows XP Restore

I double click on the Desktop folder and then see all of the folders that were on the Desktop the day of the backup. My folder was in one of those folders.

I check the box of the folder I want to restore. This is way too easy.

Windows XP Restore

You can see that the Backup will be restored to its original location and replace the files that are there now.

I will click on Advanced to show you your other options.

Windows XP Restore

You could restore this to another location if you want.

Click on Next.

Windows XP Restore

You could leave the existing files or replace them. Your choice!

Click on Next.

Windows XP Restore

I would not suggest changing security or volume data! Click on Next.

Windows XP Restore

You are ready to restore. Click on Finish.

Windows XP Restore

The restore process is very quick. My backup file is on a USB drive.

Windows XP Restore

196 MB restored in 29 seconds. Very fast!

Windows XP Restore

All done. So simple. Thank you Microsoft.

See you next Tuesday,

Tim