How to Make a Windows XP Recovery Floppy Disk?

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How to Make a Windows XP Recovery Floppy Disk?
Create a system recovery floppy disk. (disk image by Danil Vachegin from

If your Windows XP system becomes corrupted or otherwise not usable, you may have to use the built in Automated System Recovery (ASR) features of the operating system to recover your system. Even if you have created a restore point for the system, if you do not have a recovery floppy disk you will not be able to use the restore features. Microsoft Windows XP allows you to create an ASR disk to aid you when you need to perform a system restore operation.

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  1. 1

    Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive. Open "My Computer" and right-click on the disk. Choose "Format" and follow the directions to format the disk.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and choose "All Programs" then "Accessories." Open the "System Tools" menu and choose the "Backup" option.

  3. 3

    Choose "Restore Files and Settings." Click "Next."

  4. 4

    Select the media with the ASR backup information in the "What to Restore" box. Open the corresponding ASR backup set.

  5. 5

    Expand the options for the drive where the backup is located. Open the "Repair" folder under your Windows XP installation directory (C:\Windows\Repair\ for example).

  6. 6

    Select the "Asr.sif" file and the "Asrpnp.sif" file. Click "Next."

  7. 7

    Choose "Advanced" on the "Completing Backup or Restore Wizard" screen. At the "Restore To" screen, select the "Single Folder" option under the "Restore Files to:" dialogue box. Set the path in the "Folder Name" box to your floppy drive.

  8. 8

    Click "Next" to allow Windows XP to create the recovery floppy disk.

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