If you like to push your system to the edges of its limits by installing drivers, games, software, hardware, etc… Then you are not safe from a critical system error, even if the chances of that happening today with Windows 2000 / XP are greatly reduced! In the event of a critical system error, a system restore is possible without having to lose all of your files and applications. This said, you will have to have a preconfigured emergency recovery disk available to be able to restore your system. This diskette contains all of the system configuration information that is needed to be able to function, so taking the time to create this disk often (as the restored system will be the same as the last save) could save you from rebuilding it at a later stage.
Here is how you create this diskette in 3 steps.
Step 1 Click “Start”, “Programs”, “Accessories”, “System Tools” and “Backup” The following window will open and you will need to click on the Emergency Restore Disk option.
Step 2 Here you will be asked to inset a blank disk into the drive. You should also take the opportunity to check the Backup the Registry option at the same time and click OK.
Step 3 The copy of the system files will start.
A new window informing you that the Emergency Restore Disk has been successfully created will appear.
Note: We recommend that you create this diskette at least once a month, if you like to install a lot of new things on your computer then it should probably be closer to once a week. It’s really up to you to decide…