Back Up the Desktop and IE Favorites

Julie Darrigan wants to back up her desktop and her Internet Explorer favorites.

If you're using Vista, most of your Favorites are probably in C:\Users\yourlogon\Favorites, where yourlogon is the name you pick when you log onto the computer. Other Favorites might be in C:\Users\Public\Favorites. Your desktop files are in C:\Users\yourlogon\Destop and C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop.

If you're using XP, the Favorite files are at C:\Documents and Settings\yourlogon\Favorites and C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Favorites. And the desktop at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop and C:\Documents and Settings\yourlogon\Desktop.

Once you have the right folders open, it's easy enough to copy their contents to a flash drive or an external hard drive by a simple drag and drop. Or you can upload them to some other location on the Internet.

To be perfectly safe, however, you should backup a great deal more than your desktop and favorites. See What's the Best Way to Backup What I Need to Backup? and 7 Backup Strategies for Your Data, Multimedia, and System Files.

Note: This post was altered on October 5, after reader comments alerted me to the fact that I'd left out some very important information.

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