I am a newbie to Windows 7. I just ran the built-in Backup wizard and it apparently backed up the files I requested, but when I look in the location where it's supposed to be (an external hard drive), I see no backup file of any kind. However, when I go back to Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Backup and Restore/Manage Space/View Backups, I see what is apparently my backup file. I wondered if this was a hidden folder so I went into folder options and selected show hidden folders, but I still don't see my backup folder. Any ideas? Separate question -- does anyone know if the backup file generated by Windows 7 can be read by a Windows XP machine. If my Windows 7 machine crashes one day, I want to know if I can open my XP machine, plug in my external hard drive, and restore the backup file that the Windows 7 machine had generated. Thanks.