Windows® XP Automated System Recovery
What are the main processes involved in Automated System Recovery in Windows® XP operating system?
Windows® XP Automated System Recovery is a last resort for system recovery. It is better to use Automated System Recovery (ASR) after you have failed to restore the system using any other option. Automated System Recovery is a two part system. These two parts include Automated System Recovery backup and restore. The Automated System Wizard located in the backup does the backup operation and the restore wizard does the restore operation. Backup operation includes number of operations such as backup system state, system services and all the system resources associated with the operating system. The Automated System Recovery also keeps a file which contains information about backup, disk configurations and the method to restore the system. The restore option can be accessed through the F2 button. In order to restore the system, Automated System Recovery initially reads the information about disk configuration. It restores all the data related to disk. Sometimes the restoring process is not easy. Then the Automated System Recovery installs the Windows® and restarts it automatically.
The main processes included in the Automated System Recovery are:
- ASR backup
- Recreation of ASR floppy disk
The backup portion is accomplished by the ASR wizard located in the backup. To start the backup process, select the backup from the accessories option. By default it will start in the wizard mode. If you select the Advanced Wizard mode, the process would be easier. In the welcome tab, select the Automated System Recovery option to start the recovery process. Then the wizard will ask you to select location for backup. After selecting the location, click finish. It activates the backup.
To restore the backup data, you need some minimum system configurations. They are ASR floppy disk, backup, and the original operating system CD. To restore the data, insert the floppy to the drive. Then you will get a message like press any key to continue. Then you need to press F2. After that you have to insert the ASR disk in to the floppy drive. Then the system will restore all the data after sometime.
If the floppy disk is missed, then there is a way to recreate it. Insert one floppy disk with a capacity of 1.44 MB in the floppy drive. Select the restore files and settings and then click next. Then expand the Automated System Recovery backup set and click the ‘Asr.sif’ and ‘Asrpnp.sif files’. After this select the location to which the restore has to be done. When the operation is completed the files would be stored in to the corresponding location.