First off, I have read several other threads but none of them seem to get to my questions. I am trying to restore Windows XP Pro on my laptop (I don't need the documents back-they were saved earlier). I never created an Automated System Recovery disk while my laptop was running (you can bet I learned my lesson). Is it possible to run the back up wizard on another computer with Windows XP Pro to create the ASR disk (does this mean it will simply match the configuration of the other computer)? Then I run into my other issue, my laptop doesn't have a floppy drive! Would it run properly with an external USB floppy drive (even though it has never been installed)? Have I missed anything? Do I need anything else to restore Windows? Thanks in advance for any help!