It seems to me a lot of people are going to abandon WinXP when
Microsoft ends support. That is a real shame because WinXP is a
very good OS.
Several of my computers use a dual boot system. The HDDs (hard
disk drive) are "split" into two logical drives, C: and D:. Win98 is
installed on C:. When I install WinXP, I select D: and it creates the
boot system for me during the installation.
I have always "activated" WinXP over the telephone (toll free number).
I install all the aps I normally use in WinXP, and configure settings
WinXP and the aps/programs the way I like it. This includes MSCONFIG's
Selective Startups (and a reboot). I turn off "System Restore", I turn
off/disable "automatic updates", and I turn off Hibernation.
I note the number of processes via "Task Manager" that are running which
typically 17 to 19 (no anti-virus aps and no WiFi). I keep this
as a reference.
Note: I don't use the internet until after I create the backup(s).
1. I reboot the computer and select "Windows" (98 on C: partition).
2. I create a "BackUp" folder (C:\BACKUP) and in it a "WinXP" sub-folder.
3. Using WinZip 7.0 (I used for many years), I "zip up" the "WINDOWS"
folder in the D: partition creating "WINDOWS.ZIP" in
4. I repeat step 3 for "Programs Files" and "Documents and Settings"
(located in D: partition).
One Partition HDD Laptop with Only WinXP:
One of my laptops only has WinXP on a single partition. I removed the
and install it in a "docking station" that you plug into a USB port.
another computer, I connect the docking station (external HDD).
Then I use steps 2 and up, but instead of D:, I select the letter for
external HDD in the docking station.
Note: I have USB flash drives and on them are names of different
I have. I copy those 3 .ZIP files to the USB flash drive into a folder
after the computer they belong to.
Replacing System Folders if There is a "Problem":
If an issue occurs in WinXP due to malware or other cause, I reboot
the computer and use Win98 in C: or remove the HDD and use a docking
station (WinXP computer with one partition HDD).
1. At Dos Prompt, I go to D: and use the command, "DELTREE WINDOWS",
2. I also use the command, "DELTREE PROGRA~1" and "DELTREE DOCUME~1"
Note: You can use the long filenames, but put them in quotes.
Note: I use "DELTREE" at Dos Prompt so I can create space on the HDD,
otherwise everything goes to the "Recycle Bin" (which of course you can
3. I use the commands, "MD WINDOWS", "MD "Program Files"", and
"MD "Documents and Settings"".
4. I launch WinZip and "Open" up "WINDOWS,ZIP" and "Extract" to
the empty "WINDOWS" folder in D:
5. I repeat step 4 for "Program Files.ZIP" and "Documents and
In addition to those 3 folders at the root directory, there are 2 or 3
hidden folders. They are "Recycle.Bin", "System Volume Information"
System Restore "stuff", but is empty when System Restore is turned off),
maybe "MSOCache" (relative to Microsoft Office).
Here's how I've been backing up XP, and I mention it only to suggest the use
of Image For DOS from Terrabyte. Create up to three primary partitions on
a hard drive, and all the logicals you want. I put data, OE Store, etc on
of the logicals. Install XP to one of the primaries.
At regular intervals use Image For DOS to copy (clone) C: to one of the
other primarys but do not make the clone active.
Also use a tray so you can slip in another hard drive, create 3 primaries on
it, and logicals as you desire. Use Image For DOS and clone partitions one
at a time to the HDD in the tray. Mine copies C in a little over a minute,
backing up is very rapid. Remove the HDD in the tray and store in a safe.