Backup Home folder including hidden files/folders, How?


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I've been tasked with reinstalling Vista on my Mum's laptop. Last time I did this I didn't backup her email, so I need to get it right this time. I don't use Windows at all so I'm at a loss with what is where and how to best back it up.

Does Vista have a command line application that will backup hidden files? What's the best way to backup her entire Home folder and then selectively restore only what she wants to keep?

Last time I tried restoring her Home folder, or just folders from it, Windows choked and wouldn't copy back numerous files.

Thanks in advanced.

spyder viewer

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Thanks for the help.

In the end I just exported her account, contacts and folders from within mail. Then used Rich Copy to backup all her files. All went well and nothing was lost.

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