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Automatic Backup in Vista with Robocopy and Task Scheduler

Posted by kiwiscanfly on July 31, 2007


  1. Open notepad
  2. Enter the following where the first path is the source and the second is the destination. For more information on robocopy, click here.
    robocopy “C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents” “\\BACKUPPC\SharedFolder\MyBackup” /V /NP /R:2 /W:2 /S /XO
  3. Save the file as Backup.cmd
  4. Open Task Scheduler (just search for it using the “Start Search”)task-scheduler.png
  5. Click “create basic task”
  6. Go through the wizard and when you get to actions select “start a program”
  7. Browse to your Backup.cmd
  8. Tick “open properties dialog when I click finish”, then click finish
  9. Go to the conditions tab
  10. Tick “only start if computer is idle for:”
  11. Tick restart if idle state resumes
  12. If copying to a network tick “start only if network connection available”
  13. Click OK
  14. Smile, you’re done!

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