Image Backups Strategy The key is to preserving your existing investment in Windows XP. I’ll show you what you need to know in order to survive any catastrophes that may occur by providing a detailed look at backup strategies, recovery procedures and how to install Windows 10 alongside Windows XP to create a dual boot computer.
Document backups: Obviously you will continue to use Windows XP while evaluating Windows 10. This means you will day by day continuously add more data files (Documents, Photos, Music, Etc.) when using XP. It’s not practical to create a new image backup each day, but there is a convenient utility named SyncToy which can make quick work of backing up your data files to an external USB drive. More about how to use SyncToy later in this article.
Drive Partitions: There are a significant number of partition arrangements, from a variety of computer manufactures which have preinstalled OEM versions of Windows XP or home built systems with retail versions of XP.
Store bought computers may also include a “Recovery partition” usually located at the end of the hard disk drive. If your drive does not have a recovery partition then you may have a set of “Recovery” media CD(s).
For this article I will be using a drive with a single partition arrangement with XP installed on that partition.
Image Backup overview: All backups will be made from the Windows XP environment and backup restoration / drive recovery will be made from a bootable recovery disk.
The Image Backup software will be installed in Windows XP and “All” Image Backups will be created from within the Windows XP operating system and stored on an external USB drive, so the backup software only needs to support XP. The choice of which backup software you use is yours, however I suggest one of the following products:
1. Norton Ghost 15: (Supports XP, Vista and Windows 7, but cannot be installed on Windows 8 / 8.1) 2. Acronis True Image: 2015 (Supports XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 / 8.1) 3. EaseUS Todo Backup Free: Version 7.5 (Supports XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 / 8.1) 4. Paragon Backup and Recovery 14 / 15 (Supports XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 / 8.1)
Note: None of these products can be installed on Windows 10 but they will backup and if necessary restore a Windows 10 partition when installed on Windows XP.
After you install Paragon you need to create the recovery media: Paragon creates 2 desktop shortcuts, one of which is used to create the recovery media. Unlike other image backup software Paragon creates an .ISO file which you then use to burn a recovery media CD.
Double click on the Recovery Media icon on your desktop to start the Recovery Media Builder wizard.
Click ‘Next’ and by default the ISO image is selected and the location of the .ISO file is set to: C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\rm_xx_xx_2014.iso (where xx_xx appears to be the day and month Paragon was downloaded.
Click ‘Next’ to continue. The time it take to create the .ISO file may vary based on your computer’s performance, when the progress bar reaches 100% you should see a “Recovery Media created successfully message as shown below. Don’t let this fool you as you have only created the .ISO file needed to actually create the CD / DVD media.
For this task I installed ImgBurn to create a bootable CD / DVD. It would appear that this is an extra step /application that needs to be installed but it’s not as you will again use ImgBurn to convert the Windows 10 .ISO file that you download into a bootable DVD installation media.
(The steps are the same for Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 .ISO files), except you are not creating a Windows Repair disc but a full installation DVD).
Notes: 1) Always use high quality DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (Not the ‘Auto’ setting for ‘Write speed’, but 4x or 6x) if offered a choice on the drop down list.
2) You may need to change the BIOS settings so that your DVD is the 1st boot device followed by your hard disk drive to be able to boot from the either the recovery media and later to install Windows 10.
Windows XP My Documents backups: SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155 Step 1) Create a new folder on the USB drive (can be any name you choose, example: MyDocuments Backups).
Step 2) Run SyncToy and click on the ‘create new folder pair’ button, pick a source (Left folder: C:\My Documents) and a folder destination (the folder you created in step 1). Choose the ‘Contribute’ option, enter a name for the folder pair and click ‘Finish’ and then ‘Run’ to initiate a backup from XP to the USB drive. Subsequent backups using the same folder pair will copy any new or edited files (since the last backup was run) to the folder on the USB drive.
Step 3) Reverse the process in that the next folder pair you create, the source folder will be the USB drive folder you created in step #1 and the destination folder will be C:\My Documents. This allows you to fully recover all your more recent documents that may not have been included in the most recent Image Backup. You can use a simple copy and paste if you need to restore a single file.
You also have the option of moving the location of your Outlook Express files to a sub-folder located in your My Documents folder. This allows you to easily backup OE when you run the SyncToy My Documents backup.