Few days back, I had written a post on How to create backup in Windows XP, using the windows supplied backup utility. This is a followup post where you will learn how to set up automatic backup using the same backup utility in Windows XP.
It is always better to set up a schedule for automatic backup. By doing that, you don’t have to repeat that hectic process every time to create the backup.
How to set Automatic backup schedule
Follow these steps. Step 1 through 5 are same as we did in the earlier post on How to Create Backup. Only step 6 is different.
- Click Start, go to All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools and then click Backup. This will launch the wizard.
- Click on Next to skip past the first screen. On next screen, choose the “Back up files and settings” option and then click Next.
- Here you have to choose “what” to backup. Check the “My Documents” check box to back up all the files in personal profile and then browse “My Computer” to select any additional files, if required.
- If you want, you can choose “Let me choose what to backup” option.
- Now you have to specify the location on your PC, where you want to store the backup files. I would recommend you to save it on a pen drive or any external hard drive. You can also save it on your computer’s hard disk and burn it on a CD or DVD.
- Click Next and and go to the final page of the Backup Wizard. On this page, don’t click on Finish. Click the “Advanced” button and click Next to open the “When to Back Up” page. Here, choose “Later” and then click “Set Schedule” to open the Schedule Job dialog box.
Now, in this dialog box, choose the day and time where you want to run your automatic backup process. Once you click OK to save the changes, Windows XP will run the backup automatically on that date and time. However, you must leave your computer on so that the backup process runs.