OK, I can't believe this is happening. I have just done a backup and decided to test it by installing the backup on another drive and booting to it. It would not boot into windows. I do regular backups but have never had to restore one. I have been awefully lucky. So I grabbed one of my older backups and restored it to the same drive after wiping it. It will not boot either. In both cases if I boot to windows with my old drive and look at this drive all of the files are on the drive. The partition is primary and active.
I am using windows backup utility to create the backups and restore them. With other operating systems I could just transfer the system files to the partition (SYS) and it would be fine. But I can't find any way of doing this with XP. I tried the XP recovery console "FIXBOOT" but that did not work. I also read some where about using a floppy but I have no floppy drives, just a DVD that is bootable (P4 3 Gig).
Can someone tell me how to make these backups bootable.