Presumably you refer to the making of a socalled set of recovery CD's. That's not something that comes with Windows XP, but it's put into it my the maker of the PC (like Dell or HP). And each maker can have different ways of making them again and, also, different results. So please tell what PC you have.
The best thing for what you want might be to buy a program like Acronis True Image. But just as well, it might be quite acceptable to backup your own data (like Word documents and pictures) only, and in that case there are better ways.
That means you've got more to do if your hard disk ever crashes (reinstalling all your programs from their own setup), but less at the moment. The choice is up to you.
My computer's about 3 years old and running Windows XP Professional with SP2.
When I first got the computer it prompted me to do a system back up.
The prompt also let me know how many disks (cds) would be needed to complete the job (it was 5, at the time).
Well, I thought it might be a good idea to back up the system again but can not figure out how to do it.
I have accessed the "system tools" and back up menu option, but I was never prompted to insert a cd into the drive or "told" how many disks were required.
To be honest, it seemed like the computer was backing up files somewhere on the hard drive itself, and I wanted to get the essentials and certain programs backed up onto disk and to create a boot up disk if the system completely crashed.
Is there anyone who can help me with this?
I'd really appreciate it.