Windows comes with a Backup Utility that provides you with access to the Automated System Recovery (ASR) Wizard. The ASR utility allows you to restore the system drive including the Windows files, registry settings and user programs and data. To be able to use Automated System Recovery you will need to create a ASR floppy disk to boot with if you have a problem in the future. Once you make your floppy disk you need to make sure to keep it in a safe place where you can get to it easily in case you ever need it.

To access the ASR Wizard, click Start, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Backup or you can click Start, Run and type in ntbackup and click Ok. Ntbackup is the built in Windows backup utility that comes with most versions of Windows and has been around for many years.

In the Welcome To The Backup Or Restore Wizard page, click Advanced Mode.


The Automated System Recovery Wizard creates a floppy disk, which contains your system settings, and a backup of your local system partition that you can save on a tape or as a file located on another computer on the network.

To back up your system partition, do the following:

  • In the Advanced Mode window of the Backup Utility, click Automated System Recovery Wizard.
  • Click Next on the Welcome To The Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard page.
  • Click Next to continue.

  • Select the appropriate media type you want to use and backup media name or filename, and then click Next.
  • Verify the information you entered nd in the Completing The Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard page and then click Next.
  • The Automated System Recovery Wizard makes a backup of your system files. This may take an awhile.
  • When prompted, insert a floppy disk in your floppy disk drive.
  • When the backup completes, click Report if you want to read the report. When you finish reviewing the report, close Notepad.
  • Click Close to close the Backup Progress dialog box, and then close the Backup Utility.

If you need to restore your system partition, you can use the floppy disk created by the Automated System Recovery Wizard. The backup of your local system partition on tape or as a file must be available to be restored.

You would boot with your Windows CD and when you get to the screen that says Press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR) you need to press F2.

You will then be prompted to insert the ASR floppy disk. Then it will automatically start formatting your C drive. Next you will see a process very similar to the typical Windows installation.

It will then start the Automated System Recovery Wizard where you will tell it where your Backup media or file is located.

At the end of the ASR process, you would then use the Backup or Restore Wizard to restore your data and applications.

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