Incident: August 04, 2005;
Written: November 21, 2005
Windows XP Home edition is supposed to ship with NTBackup, a back-up
utility. Although it isn't pre-installed with the operating
system, it is supposed to be accessible on its cd's. The file
called "NTBackup.msi" .
My computer comes pre-installed with Windows XP Home edition and ships
with recovery cds which reformat the hard drive.
The I386 directory is windowsXP's equivalent of win98's
...install OR ...options/cabs directory.
I searched this directory, and the harddrive, and the recovery cd's for
or uncompressed), named "backup" or "NTBackup.msi". There
were no files found.
On the Microsoft website, I couldn't find this file for download;
however the site did tell you
to install the utility from the Windows XP disc.
I found the NTBackup.msi file doing an internet search. I
found 2 sites which had it. One site is WinXPTutor.com which
has a webpage titled "How do I backup my files and folders in XP?", the
other is www.onecomputerguy.com/software/ntbackup.msi
. The files from both sites appear identical. I ran an MD5
assessment and the MD5 hashes are the same. Please visit
Here is a copy of the file if the sites above don't exist: click this
(size 775KB) Its MD5 hash is: 84e219e6b4ba0a28a5316570c0c5ce03
If the file is zipped, (in the .zip format) you will have to
decompress it first.
Clicking on the .msi file should automatically install it.
This should create a shortcut which is accessed on the StartMenu like
start ---> all programs
----> Accessories ---> system tools ---> backup
This shortcut should point to (at least it does on my computer):