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Windows 95

With Windows 95, the backup procedure is greatly simplified for the user. Once you have the computer up and running and before you start installing additional software, you should make an Emergency Repair diskette. Every time you add new software or change the configuration of your computer, you should update the Emergency Repair diskette and also backup the important files on the computer.



Windows NT

When you install or upgrade to Windows NT, you are prompted to create an Emergency Repair Disk. This disk is a life saver if you are ever faced with the dreaded blue screen (kernal memory dump to the fortunate who have never seen this). The Emergency Repair Disk should be updated every time you change your system configuration or add/remove a software application. Since the program to create the Emergency Repair Disk is not included in the Start menu options, you will need to either launch the program (Rdisk.exe) from either My Computer or Windows NT Explorer from the \Winnt\System32 folder. However, you should be aware that running the Repair Disk program in this fashion will NOT update the Default, Sam, and Security files in your computer. Therefore, if you ever need to use the Emergency Repair Disk to boot your computer, passwords will revert back to the last time that you updated the Sam and Security files. To make sure everything is up-to-date on your Emergency Repair Disk, either launch the program using the Run option in the Start menu, or from a DOS window using the following:

rdisk /s

The /s switch forces the Repair Disk program to update all of the files located in the \Winnt\Repair folder.

As is true with all other essential data, make a copy of your Emergency Repair Disk and store it in another location. I have a set of Emergency Repair Disks in my office for all of our Windows NT Workstations and Servers and I also keep a duplicate copy at home. Remember, the information stored on the Emergency Repair Disk contains vital information and should be locked up in a safe place.

To back up data that you don't already have elsewhere, use the Start/Programs/Administrative Tools/Backup utility. As long as you have all of the original program diskettes or CDs, it is not necessary to make back up copies of those programs (such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc.). You should however make back up copies of all of the files that you have created as well as any service packs or update files that you have installed on your computer in case you need them.


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