How can I backup my Windows Vista Basic system if the recovery functionality is missing?

Myke46 October 30, 2010

The recovery part of my Windows Vista Basic seems to be missing, so I cannot even back up files, never mind a restore point.

My immediate question is: Are there any free programs I can use to backup my system that do not require the use of this feature? I would like to fix the actual problem, but need the backups in the meanwhile.

Thank You.

By the way, I have a Pressario CQ50-103-NR.

  1. Anonymous
    October 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    If you have your original cd then boot on it and choose the upgrade feature, so this will save your files, but you will need your original serila to activate the windows.


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    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      There's also Clonezilla, which is a hard drive cloning Live CD that you can also use to restore disks, but it's not the only one. There's DriveImageXML (covered with other similar tools here), which you can use to save a snapshot of your system (OS, drivers and everything). It's always good to have several backups and also, TEST them because you don't want a faulty backup!