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System State Backup using Windows Backup

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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  • System State backup will save files that are essential for your computer to a safe place. The following files will be backed up:

    • Registry

    • COM+ Class Registration database

    • Boot files, including the system files

    • Certificate Services database

    • Active Directory directory service

    • SYSVOL directory

    • Cluster service information

    • IIS Metadirectory

    • System files that are under Windows File Protection

    • A regular backup of these files should be done. 

    • Now open Windows Backup by clicking on "Start, Accessories, System Tools then Backup"

    • Next click on "Advanced Mode"


    • Now select Backup from the TABS

    • Next but a tick in the box beside "System State"

    • Next select "Backup media or filename" and click on browse. You can use any media that windows can see to backup onto", preferably use the hard drive and then burn it onto CD when complete. Try not using floppies as you may need 3 or 4 hundred to complete. You can burn directly onto your CDRW drive if Windows supports it.

    • Backup may take a few minutes to complete. Ones done, backup onto CD or/and store your CD away safely.