Personal computers with the Windows XP operating system come with the XP Automated System Recovery or ASR. It is an additional component within the backup and restore modes available in the operating system and is designed to provide a means of restoring the computer to its original operational state in the event of a catastrophic failure. The XP recovery disk is used to complete this task.
When utilizing the ASR, you should be aware that some risk is involved, as there can still be loss of some pertinent and recent data, if that information was saved after the last normal backup or restore point was recorded. The standard backup and restore process regularly saves system data on a schedule designated by the system.
You can establish a custom schedule for backups to be performed, changing the automatic frequency to occur more often. This is advisable if you spend a great deal of time working on your computer, saving new information regularly. Setting your backup schedule to a higher frequency will allow you to have multiple restore points available should you need to return to any one of them in order to correct a system issue.
The ASR allows you to restore not only the information you’ve saved, but the operational components of programs as well. To complete this process, you will need the XP recovery disk. This likely came with your PC when you purchased it, if you bought it new from a retail location. If you do not have the disk, you can purchase a new one from Windows or other online or retail dealers of computers.
The recovery disk is used in combination with the regular system backup and restore functions on your PC. The recovery process begins with a reinstallation of Widows XP, which temporarily installs the system from the recovery disk. The next step requires the restoration of files from a backup point on your PC. This backup restoration recalls the information contained in the last restore point and allows you to return your computer back to the state in which it appeared when the backup was saved.
Minor system issues can often be corrected through the standard backup and restore functions of your computer. The XP recovery disk is essential in restoring your PC to true operational mode in the event of a catastrophic system failure or hardware malfunction.