The Most ImportantWays to Rescue the Operating System by using Automated System Recovery

By: ChrisDanes

I believe that Windows XP is a very good Operating System, but daily usage can damage your registries, some viruses can corrupt important Windows files which makes your Windows almost impossible to use sometimes. When this happens its better to have a rescue solution. And fortunately there are some good ways to accomplish it, but I want to talk about Automated System Recovery Wizard (or ASR method) which comes with Windows XP Professional itself. The advantage is that you dont have to install any specialized software and its not difficult to do it.

All you need is: a blank floppy disk, the Windows XP Professional installation disk and some free space somewhere you want to save the backup file.
The program is called BACKUP and you can find it in Start Programs Accessories Backup. If you want a shortcut you just type Start Run : ntbackup, which is the name of the this small program. When you start it and the welcome screen appears you select the Advanced Mode. In the Advanced Mode of the Backup Utility you have three options to choose: Backup Wizard, Restore Wizard and Automated System Recovery Wizard. The first option is if you want to do a more detailed selection of the directories and partitions, for example if you have special documents located elsewhere. The second is used to restore an already made backup. The third is used to create a clone of the entire Windows Operating System which is in most of the cases located on C:\ partition. If by any circumstance your Windows OS is placed elsewhere (another partition) you can choose the first option and select manually from the drives.

If you select Automated System Recovery Wizard you are prompted on the next window screen only about the location of the backup file where it would be created. You are free to decide about the name and the destination of this file. Important is to have enough free space on that drive. Completing the Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard is just the final stage. Clicking on Finish the program will start analyzing and then the backup operation will start. The backup is made in one single file which has the *.bkf extension. The process can take about ten minutes but could be also less. After the image of the operating system is completed you are prompted to insert the floppy disk. This is needed if your system fails to boot and you must boot from the Windows XP installation CD. The diskette will help you start the rescue program and restore your backup image.

When all its done you can remove the floppy from its drive. You can also create scheduled automated backups with Schedule Jobs.

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