Can't Back Up From Vista Machine to XP Machine Using Vista's Backu

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jim, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I was trying to use Vista's backup wizard to backup files on my Vista machine
    to another home networked machine running XP. I got an error message saying
    that I can't use the wizard to backup from Vista to XP. Is there a way
    around this? Yes, I have confirmed that I can file-share between the two
    machines - that's not the problem.
    Jim, Feb 22, 2007
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  2. Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Feb 22, 2007
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  3. Jim

    Jim Guest

    I AM running XP Home edition on the other machine. So if I read this
    correctly, I can't use Vista to do auto backups from a Vista Home version
    machine to an XP home version machine. How dissapointing Microsoft! Any
    other suggestions for how to do this backup automagically? Will I have this
    same problem if I buy some 3rd party software for backing up? Will I be able
    to run 3rd party software to go from my XP Home machine to my Vista Home
    machine? What about hanging a networked external hard drive off of one of
    the machines? Should that be connected to the Vista machine? Will the XP
    machine be able to connect to the ext harddrive on the Vista machine using
    3rd party software since XP home does not have an automagic backup program?
    Jim, Feb 23, 2007
  4. One way to do this is to buy an external USB 2.0 hard drive to use for
    backups.This is what I do at home and it works well. I have a laptop and
    desktop that I back up to the same hard drive--I just plug it into whichever
    machine I want to back up to.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Feb 23, 2007
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