How to Make a Windows XP System Recovery Disk

Despite improving technology, computers still occasionally suffer from errors and system failures, sometimes resulting in crashes. These crashes can result in a non-functioning computer, as well as data loss. While backing up files is a good way to keep everything safe, it might not ensure that the computer can be returned to normal function. Windows XP's Automated System Recovery utility allows a user to create a backup disk for the computer, simplifying the recovery and restoration of the machine.

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Burning a disc of a computer's operating system can make repairing the machine easier in case of problems.

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Log in to your Windows XP account. The utility can be accessed from the "Start" menu, and doesn't require additional software or permissions.

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Click "Start," open the "All Programs" menu, open "Accessories," then "System Tools" then click "Backup."

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Click "Advanced Mode" on the first screen (the blue text link within the window), then click "Automated System Recovery Wizard." Click the "Next" button to continue the procedure.

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Insert the blank disc into the computer's CD burner. Click the "Browse" button next to "Backup media or file name" and select the blank disc just inserted, then click "OK."

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Click "Next" to go to the final screen, then click "Finish." The backup process will begin, and you will be allowed to remove the disc when it is complete.