JSI Tip 6670. Will Automated System Recovery work on your Windows XP?

ASR is the last resort for system recovery in your overall system recovery plan. Use ASR after you have tried all your other recovery techniques, including a Safe Mode boot and Last Known Good.

When you invoke the ASR Wizard in NTBackup, it backs up the system state, system services, and all the disks that are associated with operating system components. ASR then creates a floppy that contains information about the backup, the disk configurations (including basic and dynamic volumes), and how it will perform a restore.

To perform an Automated System Recovery restore, you press F2 when the text-mode portion of setup prompts you. ASR then reads the floppy and restores all the disk signatures, volumes, and partitions on the disks that you need to start the computer. ASR will try to restore all the disk configurations, but may not be able to.

ASR installs a simple Windows installation and automatically starts a restore using the backup created by the ASR Wizard.

NOTE: See How do I add additional device drivers and files during Windows XP automated System Recovery?

As of this writing the following table lists whether ASR is supported with the version of Windows XP that was installed at the time of backup and at the time of restore.

   Version of             Version of
   Windows                Windows                Supported or
   at Backup              at Restore             NOT Supported
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   Windows XP             Windows XP             Supported



   Windows XP             Windows XP             NOT Supported
                          Service Pack 1a



   Windows XP             Windows XP             Supported
   Service Pack 1


   Windows XP             Windows XP             Supported
   Service Pack 1         Service Pack 1a



   Windows XP             Windows XP             NOT Supported
   Service Pack 1a



   Windows XP             Windows XP             Supported
   Service Pack 1a        Service Pack 1a
NOTE: The Japanese and Spanish versions of Windows XP are NOT supported.



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