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How to Backup Important Files in Vista
This guide shows you how to protect your pictures, video, music, documents, and many other files from getting lost from an accidental deletion, virus, or crash by setting Windows Vista to back them up periodically using Vistaís Backup and Restore Center Back up Files feature available on most versions of Windows Vista. This method will not backup the complete operating system as this is another topic.
Backing up Files in Vista
The Backup Files feature of Windows Vistaís Backup and Restore Center is a great way to keep your important files backed up.
What Files Will Be Backed-up?
Pictures, Video, TV Shows, Music, Documents, Zipped files, E-mail, Contacts, and other various files.
What Back up Files Will Not Backup
EFS encrypted files, System files (Windows), Programs (Microsoft Word), files in the Recycle Bin, Temporary Files (temporary internet files), and User profile settings.
If you need these files backed up as well, you need to see about creating a Complete PC Backup (only available in Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise).
How Files Are Backed Up In Vista
Files are backed up incrementally (only files that have changed since the last backup are copied) on a schedule after the first full backup. Changed files are copied and not deleted from the backup. Up to 64 changed copies of a file will be kept. Once 64 versions of a file have been reached the oldest copies are deleted to make room for the new ones. When the backup has reached its maximum size limit, the oldest copies of the backup are deleted to make room.
Create Your First Backup
Before you can create your first backup, you must be logged in as a user that has administrative rights.
Vista has many variations of its product i.e. Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, Vista Enterprise, Vista Ultimate. Backup is not included in Vista Home Basic and this article covers the Vista Home Premium Backup facility. The ideal backup system is to have a Full weekly backup, then incremental until the day before the next full backup which will be Differential. The difference is Incremental backs up any changed file since the last backup, Differential backs up any changed file since the last full backup and Full backs up everything. Doing it this way balances the ability to retrieve files quickly.
MAXIMUM PC Guides Retrieved on 25 May 2008