Out of the box, (most versions of) Windows ship with a backup utility which probably meets the needs of most. Realistically though, you never really hear about them as most of the information out there is for 3rd party utilities.
So to help you get acclimated with these tools, here are a couple of resources:
- Guide to using Windows XP backup (note, this site is for a 3rd party product, but they give a really good guide for the XP tool)
- Windows Vista / 7 backup overview
Again, these tools are nothing fancy, but they are effective for getting the job done. It only takes a few minutes to set up an automatic backup plan, so if you don’t have one already, get to it.
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