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Backup Windows XP and Create a Windows XP System Image [Full Guide]

Updated by Daisy on Aug 29, 2022
Written by Cedric

Windows XP was one of the premier releases from Microsoft in the early 2000s era. After the success of Windows 98 and the underwhelming performance of Windows 2000, XP was coming into a lot of expectations.

Windows XP system

In 2022, a 21-year-old operating system might seem like a thing of the past. However, many people are still looking for ways to back up Windows XP system. Not only does system backup save you from the hassle of installing it again, but it also ensures that you don't lose any viable data. Today, we'll explore a few ways that'll help you understand how to back up Windows XP. So, let's keep digging.

Backup Windows XP with Windows Backup Software

The first and most viable option is to back up the Windows XP operating system with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup. Before we talk about backing up your Windows XP using this program, let's discuss why you should use it.

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This backup tool is filled with outstanding backup options. For instance, no other tool offers WinPE Bootable disk and Security Zone backup in utility. Besides that, you get to have a lot of other key features, such as:

  • Create a WinPE Bootable disk, which you can use to back up files whenever Windows fails to boot or startup
  • Store backup into a secure zone called Security Zone, which ensures thorough security from virus attacks
  • The hot backup feature allows you to backup data while the system is running as usual
  • Intelligent backup creates a thorough system backup, ideal for operating systems like Windows XP
  • Offsite copy allows you to backup your data to a targeted location
  • E-mail notification lets you keep track of backup and data reports, etc.

These factors make it a complete backup utility, not just on Windows XP. The tool is ideal for creating disk/partition backup to recover Windows from a mounted image directly. And you can conduct thorough and extensive files and system recovery with a few clicks.

Lastly, you get 250GB of cloud storage with it, which is more than most tools or websites offer for free. Therefore, it's an ideal program for you to create a Windows XP backup. So, how exactly do you do that? Here's how:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Create Backup" on the home page, click "Select backup contents".

create system backup step1

Step 2. Among the four available categories, click "OS" to start back up.

create system backup step2

Step 3. The system partition will be automatically selected, you only need to select the location.

create system backup step3

Step 4. Local Drive, Cloud, and NAS are available for you to save the backup file. You can also connect an external hard drive to preserve the system backup files.

create system backup step5

Step 5. You can customize the settings in "Options" at the left bottom. After that, click "Backup Now", and the process will begin.

create system backup step 5

*After finishing the backup process, you can check the backup status, recover, open, or delete the backup by right-clicking the backup task on the left.

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Backup Windows XP with NTBackup Program

The other option you have is to use the Windows NTBackup utility. This is an in-built application present in Windows XP. Released after Windows NT 3.51, this backup utility has been the prime option for creating backups for computer users since 1997.

So, how exactly can you use it to back up your Windows XP? Here's how:

Step 1. Press Windows + R, then type NTBackup.exe in the run command.

Step 2. Once the backup utility is launched, pick "Backup Wizard Advanced."

Backup Wizard Advanced

Step 3. Click "Back up files and settings," then click "next."

Back up files and settings

Step 4. Click on "Let me choose what to back up."

Let me choose what to back up

Step 5. Pick the location where you wish to place this backup.

Pick the location

Step 6. Or, pick a USB or external device to place this backup.

Step 7. Click "Next" and finalize the backup.

This will place your backup on an external device and allow you to recover it using the same steps. Now, it's important to note that if your Windows XP files are taking up 5GB, then your backup device should be 8GB or higher.

This ensures that Windows NTBackup has some extra headroom to work with when it places those files. So, any additional settings, preferences, and other elements are saved, and it has some space for them.

Backup Windows XP Using Backup Utility

Windows XP Backup Utility is yet another stellar option for you to save your Windows. Now, this will require some doing, as it looks and works a lot similar to Windows NTBackup. Therefore, it's imperative that you select the right option in the start menu.

Here's how:

Step 1. Open the Start menu and click on "Accessories."

Step 2. Find System tools and click on "backup."

Click on backup

Step 3. Check "Always start in Wizard Mode."

Always start in Wizard Mode

Step 4.  Click "Next" when Welcome to the Backup Wizard shows.

Step 5. Click on "Backup everything on this computer."

Step 6. You can backup to another drive or back up to an external device.

Step 7. For that, you'll have to do this:

USB or external device

Step 8. Click next and wait for the wizard to finish backing up your Windows XP.

Now that your backup is done, it's imperative that you append the previous backup. In order to do that, here's what you'll do:

Step 1. Click on "Advanced options" once the backup finishes.

Step 2. Select "Incremental Type of Backup" in the next window.

Incremental type of backup

Step 3. Find Verify Data after the backup option.

Step 4. In backup options, pick "Append this backup to existing backups."

Step 5. Click on "Start backup" and then you have managed to backup your Windows XP.

This will merge your current backup with previous ones. Therefore, you won't have to worry about having too many backup files. On top of that, you can also schedule this backup so that backup happens automatically at a given time.

Now, it's important to remember that this only works if your external device/backup location is plugged in. So, you can start again if you plug it back in. Or, pick a device that's plugged into your PC at all times.

FAQs on Windows XP Backup

We assume you might have more questions, so here's our FAQ section to answer those queries.

1. How do I back up my entire Windows computer?

When you start backing up your Windows XP pc with either Backup or NTBackup options, make sure you pick the entire device when prompted. Usually, only system files or documents will be selected. So, when you get this prompt:

Backup everything on computer

Pick back up everything on this computer, so the process backs up your entire pc. However, compared to an incremental backup, this might take more time.

2. How do I create a system image backup in Windows XP?

You can use various programs to create a clone image of your Windows. However, we suggest using EaseUS Todo Backup Home. Not only does it have better options, but it's also a lot easier. On top of that, it ensures thorough backup.

And, if you have a speedy internet connection, you can back up your files directly to the 250GB cloud offered by this utility. So, you can create your Windows clone and place it on an external device or cloud storage for easier restoration.

3. How do I transfer files from Windows XP to an external hard drive?

When you're prompted for a location in your Windows XP backup, pick the Removable Disk to ensure your backup is stored on an external hard drive.

Or, you can simply use EaseUS Todo Backup for thorough backup and recovery. This will help you restore your files easily when needed.

4. Can I copy Windows XP from one computer to another?

Yes, you can. By using EaseUS Todo Backup, you can create a system clone using the Tools option within the program. So, once your backup image is created, you can transfer it to another computer with the same tool.

Conclusion

These are the three main ways you can create a Windows XP system image or backup. Now, it's important to understand that all the in-built options can be complicated and somewhat outdated. Therefore, it's important that you use a viable tool like EaseUS Todo Backup home to ensure thorough backup.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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