How to Make a Windows XP System Recovery Disk

By James Wright

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank writable CD

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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."

Step 5

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep backup discs in a safe place. If you lose the disc or it gets damaged, you will not be able to use it in case the computer experiences problems.
  • This process does not back up files, folders, settings or programs. To back up those items, follow separate procedures to create backup CDs for each category.