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What must you first do before you can use the Windows Backup utility on a Windows XP Home Edition PC?

If you want to log onto Windows XP using the administrator account, what keys do you first push?
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Welcome to Geeks To Go!

Windows Backup is not installed by default during Windows Setup on Windows XP Home Edition.
You can install it manually from the Microsoft Windows XP Home CD. Instructions here:

If your copy of Windows was pre-installed at the factory and you only have the PC manufacturer's Recovery CD, that CD will not have Windows Backup on it, so the paragraph above will not apply to you in such cases.

However, it's perfectly legal to borrow a friend's Microsoft XP CD and install Windows Backup from that (you will not be asked to enter a CD Key for this task), following the installation instructions
on the Microsoft web-page whose link is in the first paragraph above.

Alternatively, you can download the Windows Backup installer from here (also perfectly legal):

Accessing the default 'Administrator' account in XP Home. You have to start Windows in 'Safe Mode' and the button for that account will then be visible at the log-in screen.

To get into 'Safe Mode', keep tapping 'F8' as soon as the PC is switched on or rebooted. A list of startup options will appear. Choose 'Safe Mode' and press <enter>.

Be aware that 'Safe Mode' is effectively a "stripped down" version of Windows in which no third-party drivers are loaded (except the networking driver if you chose that option), and many applications won't run in safe mode. It's a troubleshooting mode in case you need to edit or remove something which you think is preventing Windows from starting normally.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 06 February 2010 - 11:04 AM.

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