Installing Windows XP NTbackup on Vista.

Well after moving on to Vista, there are a few features of Windows XP that I miss. One of them is the Backup Utility of XP. Although Vista has its own backup utility, it has some disadvantages over xp NTbackup utility. Lets say you want to create a backup of just one folder containing images and docuements that you just finished working on. How would you do this in Vista? Well you can’t. Vista will not allow you to create backup of individual files, and here is where the flexibility of XP Backup Utility comes in handy. Another reasone is the fact that you can’t backup EFS protected files in Vista. So here is a step by step article on how to restore your NTbackup utility from XP to Vista.

Copying the files

Of course, in order to copy files for XP’s Backup Utility, you need access to a working installation of XP Pro. You will then fire up Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Once there, you will need to locate the following files:

  • Ntbackup.exe — Windows Backup Utility executable
  • Ntmsapi.dll — Removable Storage Public Interfaces
  • Vssapi.dll — Volume Shadow Coy Requestor/Writer

You can then copy them to a folder on a USB drive for easy transport over to a Vista system, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Once you insert the USB drive into a Vista system, you can copy the entire Backup Utility folder to the C:\Program Files folder, as shown in Figure B. Of course, you will encounter a couple of UACs and will have to deal with them appropriately.

Figure B

Once you have copied the Backup Utility folder, you can open it, right-click on the Ntbackup.exe file, and select the Send To | Desktop (Create Shortcut) command, as shown in Figure C. You can then move the shortcut to the Start menu if you want.

Figure C

Enabling the Removable Storage Management system

Now that you have the files necessary to run XP’s Backup Utility on your Vista system, you need to enable the Removable Storage Management system. To do so, access the Control Panel, select Programs, and then click Turn Windows Features On or Off. When you do, you will encounter a UAC and will have to deal with it appropriately.

When the Windows Features dialog box appears, scroll through the list, and locate and select the Removable Storage Management check box, as shown in Figure D. To continue, click OK.

Figure D

Running the Backup Utility

Once you have enabled the Removable Storage Management system, just locate and click the Ntbackup.exe shortcut. When you do, the Backup Utility will launch and you will be able to easily pick and choose which files and folders you want to back up, as shown in Figure E.

Figure E

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