My brother-in-law is never afraid to ask a question. This week, he’s concerned that his copy of Windows XP Home Edition is missing the backup program. Where is it?
It’s on your Windows XP CD.
If you’re running Windows XP Home Edition, you won’t find Backup Utility on the Start menu or even in Add Or Remove Programs. It is included, though; you just need to know where to look. To install Backup Utility, you need your Windows XP Home Edition CD. Use Windows Explorer to open the Valueadd\Msft\Ntbackup folder, and then double-click Ntbackup.msi.
Update: The Windows XP Backup program is installed by default with Windows XP Pro. Based on user surveys, Microsoft decided (incorrectly, in my opinion) that anyone using Windows XP Home Edition wouldn’t be interested in the Backup program. That’s why you have to manually install it. Thanks to Woody for asking this question in the comments.
Update 2: If you have a recovery CD instead of a “real” Windows XP Home Edition CD, you can install the Ntbackup program from a borrowed CD. If you can’t find one of those, download the installer from this site.
Update 3: If you’re looking for advice on how to actually use the backup program after it’s installed, see this article I wrote last year: Windows XP Backup Made Easy.