How to Create Windows XP System CD Recovery Discs

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How to Create Windows XP System CD Recovery Discs
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The Microsoft Windows XP operating system ships with Backup and Restore capabilities, as well as other data security features that enable the user to recover and reboot the machine during troubleshooting. Should the master boot record on the hard drive become corrupt with hardware failure or a malicious program such as a virus, the recovery discs may be used to reboot the machine and enter DOS, Windows Safe Mode, Windows Repair or a normal boot sequence.

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Things you need

  • Blank CDs
  • Blank floppy disk

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" and select "Programs" to display the programs list.

  2. 2

    Click the "Accessories" folder and click "System Tools."

  3. 3

    Click "Backup" to launch the backup interface.

  4. 4

    Click the "Advanced Mode" option on the Backup start menu.

  5. 5

    Click "Automated System Recovery Wizard."

  6. 6

    Insert a blank CD.

  7. 7

    Click "Next."

  8. 8

    Click the "Browse" button nect to "Backup Media" and navigate to the CD/DVD drive.

  9. 9

    Click "OK" to set the Backup Media destination.

  10. 10

    Click "Next" and select "Finish." The computer will burn a Windows XP recover CD to the blank CD in the burner. Insert additional CDs, if needed. Windows XP will continue through the process of creating the recovery CDs, and will notify the user when the process is complete. The process may take some time. When finished, the user will be asked to create an emergency boot disk.

  11. 11

    Insert a floppy disk into the floppy drive and click "OK." This emergency boot disk may be used to boot the computer in case of a failure with the CD.

  12. 12

    Click "OK" to finish creating the emergency floppy disk.

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