|Consider using what Jennifer SUMN suggested.|
Other ways include MS's NTbackup and restore with System State. Any xp install would work then.
Other choices are image software. G4U partimage, ghost, acronis, linux live cd's with cat or dd would work.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10