I have an 2 year old Acer aspire desktop with windows XP pre installed on the desktop; no discs were supplied with the machine, not long ago I had XP reinstalled due to a virus or something, it got me thinking maybe if I had a backup I could have used that, the problem is I’ve never done a back up before and not sure what to do, so can someone advise me what I need to do please?
I also have a laptop which had Vista installed, because I’m used to XP I had XP put on to the laptop, again no discs were supplied, once I’ve created the discs using the above process, can I use them on the laptop if needed or do I have to create a new set of discs from the laptop.
Backing up from a Laptop will probably mean using an external hard disk USB2 or Firewire. Several external drives are available with one touch or self starting backup software built in. These are more expensive than bare drives, but provide a good choice for the beginner.
"I also have a laptop which had Vista installed, because I’m used to XP I had XP put on to the laptop, again no discs were supplied"
That just sounds so unlikely. Why were you not given the Windows CD for that? If you purchased a copy, you should have been given the CD.
Anyway - if you have legitimate Product keys for your system, you can just borrow a CD, or even copy one (the licence does not refer to making copies of the CD, only to using a copy on one system only) It's not the CD itself that's important here, it's the ownership of a unique product key - the CDs are not unique to any one licence purchaser).