Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery in Windows Vista
Backing up and recovering
To protect your information, use the Backup and Restore Center to back up individual files and folders,
back up your entire hard drive (select models only), or create system restore points. In case of system
failure, you can use the backup files to restore the contents of your computer.
Windows Vista provides the following advanced backup and recovery options:
Backing up individual files and folders
Backing up the entire hard drive (select models only)
Scheduling automatic backups (select models only)
Creating system restore points
Recovering individual files
Restoring the computer to a previous state
Recovering information using recovery tools
For instructions on these procedures, go to Help and Support.
Recovery after a system failure is as complete as your most current backup. You should create your
initial backup immediately after software setup. As you add new software and data files, you should
continue to back up your system on a regular basis to maintain a reasonably current backup.
Note the following when backing up:
Store personal files in the Documents folder, and back it up regularly.
Back up templates that are stored in their associated programs.
Save customized settings that appear in a window, toolbar, or menu bar by taking a screen shot
of your settings. The screen shot can be a time-saver if you have to reset your preferences.
When backing up to discs, use any of the following types of discs (purchased separately): CD-R,
CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, or DVD±RW. The discs you use will depend on
the type of optional external optical drive you use.
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