Remember, the ASR is not a complete backup; it only backs up the system volume. For this reason, you should not consider your backup strategy comprehensive if all you're using is Automated System Recovery. Instead, you use the ASR to quickly repair and restart Windows XP if your computer simply will not start. An ASR backup puts everything back the way it was at the time you created it: applications, data, settings, and so on.
With ASR, you also create a floppy disk. But note that this ASR floppy is not a bootable disk; you don't use it to restart the failed system. To use the information on the ASR floppy, you first need to boot the computer using the Windows XP installation CD-ROM (or the setup floppies that you can create with this CD). You will follow these steps:
The ASR floppy will take it from there. It has all the information about where the system volume backup resides and where it will be restored.
Also, note that even though the XP Home Backup Utility may appear to make an ASR disk, you can't use this disk to restore. XP's Home Edition doesn't support setups using ASR disks.