The perfect Window XP Setup, Part 4: backup your windows xp installation

Once you have completed your installation, customization, system tweaks, etc of Windows XP you should create an image. This image can be used in the event of a hardware failure or if you just want to start from a clean plate (as mentioned earlier on in this document). In order to create a backup image you will need a program like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image (there are several programs out there to do this).

Windows XP does have a built in recovery method but in order to do this you must have a floppy drive and disk. The built in ASR (Automate System Recovery) is not installed by default so you will require the Windows XP installation media.

  1. Load the Windows XP installation media into your CD/DVD drive
  2. Open the Start Menu and select RUN
  3. In the RUN box type the following: “d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons”
    ( be sure to remove the quotes, your CD/DVD drive letter may be different )
  4. Once the installation is complete you can now access the ASR from the built NTBACKUP.

There are several ways to access NTBACKUP but I use the following: Open the Start Menu and select RUN, type in “NTBACKUP” (again without the quotes). The NTBACKUP Wizard will start, select the Automated System Recovery Wizard option and follow the instructions (this is where you will need a floppy disk).

Good luck and if you have any questions or comments please post them. Feel free to contact me using the contact form on my contact page.

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