I decided to skip the sections on Output and Input Aliasing, Setting Up MIDI and Plug-Ins. I figured I could do it as needed. Reading on down the user guide there's an important blurb on backing up. Having had experience with glitches and crashes and --GASP-- the blue screen of death, this would be the most important thing to do on a regular basis.

I found that it's not that hard to do on REAPER. The challenge is making sure that I do it as standard operating procedure.

There are two ways to do this:

1. Copying Application Data\REAPER folder to an external hard disk or flash drive

One thing to note if you use this procedure... you must know where the Application Data\REAPER folder is. For Windows, the Application Data is a hidden folder so if your folder options are set to default, you might not see this folder.

To "unhide" it, open My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View. Then under Files and Folders just select the "Show hidden files and folders" option.

Then open the folder Documents and Settings > your user folder > Application Data. Copy the entire REAPER folder to an external disk or flash drive.

2. Using the Export Configuration button (Options > Preferences > General).

This is the simplest way and it gives you several choices of what you want to back up.