Vista: How to Backup Files or Create Image

Posted January 29, 2007 by Hack_Vista in Microsoft Vista

Your vista system is running well. So how do you backup your vista system? The following tutorial actually shows that it is easy.

Vista contains an excellent backup system. It will even create an image of your system like Ghost. Note: Norton’s Ghost for vista has not even been released yet (due April 18, 2007).

Anyway, here is how to use Vista’s Backup System…

1. Open the Vista Backup Program
2. Either select to backup specific files or select Complete PC Backup for the safest image-based system.


You can find the Vista Backup System two different ways…

1. Open Run box by typing Win-Key+R
2. Paste in %systemroot%\system32\sdclt.exe and hit Enter

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You can navigate to it through the start menu…

1. Click Start
2. All Programs
3. Accessories
4. System Tools
5. Select Backup Status and Configuration

The Conversation

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  • Anon.

    Doesn’t work for Vista Home Basic the third option is not available





  • Anonymous

    worked for me…thank you very much!!!

  • littlewitch7705

    worked for me…thank you very much!!!

  • xxxNOOBKILLERxxx

    you guys are stupid the third option isnt there because you havent created a backup before so the first time you create one it makes a complete backup. Damn noobs

    • Krinod

      way to tell it to the noobs dude

    • Dsfdsf

      Home Premium and basic don’t have complete pc bakup…noob

    • Chico43e

      My my you are so important and grand !
      Can u take out an appendix ?[I can}–what a noob you are !

    • NoobWhoDontKnowEverything

      To xxxNOOBKILLERxxx: I believe you misunderstood the third option — your comment might be correct if the third option was for an INCREMENTAL backup. But the third option is labelled as “COMPLETE PC BACKUP”. The original article suggests using this third option to make Vista “SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUPS”.

      According to Microsoft, the third option is NOT INCLUDED in Windows Vista HOME BASIC, and Windows Vista HOME PREMIUM. In my experience, the third option will not magically appear in these two versions of Vista after you complete your first backup.

      Please note that unlike Vista, the newer “Windows 7” provides SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP in the HOME PREMIUM version.

      I would be pleased to help you further if you do not understand the differences between INCREMENTAL BACKUPS and SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUPS, or that Microsoft sold different versions of Vista.

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  • Oceanhomedude

    What would be the best way to create a system image with vista home or basic etc… please help

  • Selmer

    Are any downloads available from anywhere which would enable adding the backup facility to Windows Vista Home Premium? Is that in fact possible?