Backing up everything + file sharing help

By z00tie
Jun 5, 2007
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  1. So my XP installation is pretty much pwned, slow as hell etc so I'm backing up all my stuff and going to reinstall with a linux dual boot (hopefully moving over for good after).

    But there are a lot of things I need to do first.
    I am on Win XP Pro, I have another PC running win XP Home.
    Which would be easier / quicker? Moving files over FTP in very big rar files, over file sharing, or netbios?

    I am on ISDN so I just hate reinstalling, there is just hours upon hours of updating all the software, is there a way to backup the windows update files?

    Filesharing / netbios help.
    I have followed guides, but I can't seem to get either happening. Netbios won't start on the XP pro machine, I started it in the connection options but when I run it from CMD prompt it says it's not started, and it just won't connect to the other machine to map a drive or share files, all firewalls disabled.
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Have you explored for the infestations you most likely have?
    Have you run the Windows XP Professional install disc in repair mode?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,031   +222

    File Sharing would move data most quickly.

    Consider getting an external USB HD, attaching it locally, and just duplicate
    to the new device -- most quick of all choices :)

    Make sure the USB HD is formated FAT32 (or vfat) if you intend to mount it
    on Linux.
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