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How I Got Windows XP Back-up Utility (NTBackup)


Incident: August 04, 2005;
Author: carpediem2100
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 is called "NTBackup.msi" .


My difficulty:
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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 files (compressed
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.
(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/tips/kellyxp02.mspx)


My solution:
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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 their websites. 
Here is a copy of the file if the sites above don't exist: click this hyperlinK: NTBackup.msi
(size 775KB) Its MD5 hash is: 84e219e6b4ba0a28a5316570c0c5ce03    If the file is zipped, (in the .zip format) you will have to decompress it first.


Installation/post-installation notes:
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Clicking on the .msi file should automatically install it.

This should create a shortcut which is accessed on the StartMenu like this:
    start ---> all programs ----> Accessories ---> system tools ---> backup

This shortcut should point to (at least it does on my computer):
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe



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