"Don Phillipson" <ey925@ncfSPAMBLOCK.ca> wrote in message
> New to XP (I have just been given a neighbor's discarded
> laptop) . . .
> 1. The Recyc Bin is called /Recycler -- is that right?
> 2. My / Recycler contains a (hidden directory) called
> NPROTECT containing 352 Mb of files, dated 2001 to
> 2006. Is it safe to delete the whole subfolder?
> 3. This laptop has no NTBACKUP modules and instead
> has routines called System Restore. Is this normal for laptops?
> (The two WinXP instal disks are in some proprietory format,
> one big file each, and I believe the online manual says their
> installation includes a reformat: this is why I don't think I
> should try to copy NTBACKUP from them: but perhaps I
> do not need to.)
> Don Phillipson
> Carlsbad Springs
> (Ottawa, Canada)
2. Check your laptop's Start menu for a product called Norton System Works or
Norton Utilities. The NTPROTECT folder is created by a component of those suites
called Norton Protected Recycle Bin. To empty the folder, take a look at this
article from Symantec's web site.
How to empty the Norton Protected Recycle Bin
If you have any other question on this topic, you might want to consult
Symantec's support site for more info. I don't use their products so I cannot
help you with them.
Norton Technical Support
3. Ntbackup is Microsoft's backup utility. It comes installed by default on XP
Pro. On XP Home Edition, it can be installed from the installation CD.
HOW TO: Install Backup from the CD-ROM in Windows XP Home Edition
If you don't have an actual XP installation CD, take a look at this web site for
information on how you can download a copy of the ntbackup installation file.
Installing the Backup Program on the Home Version
While ntbackup is useful in backing up data files, keep in mind that you
probably won't be able to use it to back up directly to CDs.
Windows Backup does not back up to CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD-R devices
If you're serious about backing up your system, you might want to consider
investing in an imaging program such as Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost. An
external USB hard drive is also worth considering as a storage location for your
Finally, Windows XP included a feature called System Restore. It's accessible
through the Start menu under Accessories -> System Tools. It is not intended to
reinstall the operating system.
I believe you're referring to a feature that the laptop manufacturer included to
restore the system to the state it was in when it left the factory. That would
account for specialized installation discs.