The Windows Vista Backup and Restore center bundled with is an excellent tool, which allows you to backup and restore your files or an image of your operating system.

Launching the Backup and Restore Center

To launch the Backup and Restore Center, do the following:

1. Press the Start button

2. Type Backup

3. Select Backup and Restore Center

Backing up Your Files

To backup your files, click Backup Files and follow the directions given to you. Select the directories and files you want to backup and find a suitable place to store these files. I recommend an external hard drive or DVD(s).

Restoring Your Files

Launch the Backup and Restore center and click Restore Files. Locate the medium your files are stored on and follow the instructions to get your previously backed up files back.