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How to restore XP computer without restore Cds.

By wiqi2003 ·
Hi,
I got my computer a year ago. It did not come with restore cds, but the manual says that it has restore software on hard drive some where (may be on drive). I tried but did not find it. Is there any way that I can restore my computer.
Thanks
wiqi

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by sfc_gijoe In reply to How to restore XP compute ...

What is the make and model of your computer? Alot of companies put the restore image on a hidden partition. Go into My Computer - Tool - -Folder Options - View - Go down to Hidden File and Folder - Check Show Hidden Files and Folders - Uncheck Hide protected operating system files. Go back and look at your hard drives and see if you see if you can find your restore software

Also make sure you have the key code before doing a restore. If you added any hardware to the computer since you got it you might toss errors saying the original equipment is not there.

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by TheChas In reply to How to restore XP compute ...

The manufacture may not have given you copies of your software.

You should however have a CD or floppy disk labeled system recovery that came with the system.
Or, you were supposed to create when you first booted up the system.

CAUTION: Many systems that have a hidden recovery partition do not actually allow you to install the software, or perform a repair installation.
What they have is an "image" of the hard drive as shipped.
When you restore the image, your computer is returned to the exact state it was when you bought it.
You usually loose all updates, user files, and personal software.

Proceed with caution!

Make sure that you back up your critical files first!!!

Chas

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by cliff680 In reply to How to restore XP compute ...

I wonder if the manual is talking about the System Restore prog. that is built into Windows XP. Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore, select "Restore my computer to an earlier time" and then pick a date. You should however have a System Restore disk somewhere.
Hope that helps.

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by cliff680 In reply to

If you do use that, remember that all of your files will be gone from the date you pick forward.

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by cliff680 In reply to

Actually System Restore will not affect your documents, it leaves them alone.
Sorry about that

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