Re-install XP

By rotaylor ·
I have a 5 year old machine with XP installed by IBM at time of purchase. I need to re-install XP.
I have everything backed up and have copied folder I386 to a cd. What steps do i need to perform next. Thanks.

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See what u do!!

by internetspider In reply to Re-install XP

I want to know how u copied the i386 in the cd, i think if u have xp cd u have to boot from the cd ( check boot devices in Bios ) and then continue by help on screen, u can delete partitions of HDD and creat them again (Recommended) and the continue installation it will automatically install u do'nt have to do something, after that u need to check the drivers, Video, Audio, Modem, if windows did'nt detect these drivers try to find by search at the internet.

post complete detail please.

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Recovery CD

by retro77 In reply to Re-install XP

Did the PC come with a recovery CD? If not, might be able to contact IBM for one at a nominal fee. The problem with IBMs and Dells and Gateways is the drivers. You might get XP installed again but finding drivers can be difficult for older hardware [especially if you are at home and cant get online due to no drivers].

Once you are back into XP, just copy your data back to your harddrive. Dont forget IE favorites. I always forget those.

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Install I386 Folder?

by IC-IT In reply to Re-install XP

Was the I386 folder a full copy of the installation I386 folder or just copied from the Windows directory?
If from the Windows folder, then it does not contain all the files needed for installation. If from a true copy of the install CD, then you could boot from a 9X disk (with CD support) run smartdrv.exe (otherwise the install will take forever. Then launch the winnt32.exe

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Restore partition.

by 1bn0 In reply to Re-install XP

If the machine is 5 years old it and an IBM itprobably has the recovery/restore files on a hidden partitiion. there is usually an option at bootup to enter system restore. Look p your model o IBMS website.

retr077 is correct in that gettingthe right drivers can be problematic.

If you do find you have a restore partition. DO NOT HOOK THE MACHINE UP TO THE INTERNET DIRECTLY.

The install will be outdated outdate and is sure to be infected or hacked before you can get it current. Hook it up behind a firewall/router and/or download autopatcher.

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