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#1 DanTheGamer11

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:09 AM

I want to backup photos and other things on an old laptop with XP, do I just need to copy and paste 'Documents and Settings'?


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:06 AM

Provided everything you need is in there, then yes. Documents and settings is the equivalent to the "Users" folder in Windows7/8. You can backup the whole folder or just the folder of the user you're interested in.

If you want to back it up to perform a clean install then this method is fine but if you want to perform periodic backups then you might want to have a look into some backup automation software. Can't remember if XP had its own backup utility.



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:45 AM

Thanks freddie :) This is just a nice off so I'll just be copying the folder then!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:41 AM

If you need to do an incremental backup, SyncXP is a sweet little app that doesn't even need to be installed.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:44 AM

Thanks Phil, but I plan to reformat the HDD :) I will keep that program in mind for the other PCs though!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

Just copy the user folder under documents & settings along with every hidden file (if you want to backup program settings) and you are done.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:48 PM

And don't forget to export your browser favorites  to a file and save them also, can be a pita trying to remember all your sites. :no:


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:19 AM

And don't forget to export your browser favorites  to a file and save them also, can be a pita trying to remember all your sites. :no:

 

Usually most of them are in the 'app data' section - hidden under user folder.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:21 AM

Usually most of them are in the 'app data' section - hidden under user folder.


Easy shortcut for this; just type '%appdata%' into the directory bar in Windows Explorer

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:18 AM

 

Usually most of them are in the 'app data' section - hidden under user folder.


Easy shortcut for this; just type '%appdata%' into the directory bar in Windows Explorer

 

 

Nice! I don't know why I can't find like button in your post.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:40 AM

Nice! I don't know why I can't find like button in your post.

 
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