Repairing Windows XP

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Stevie
Repairing Windows XP

Sometimes quirks develop or things go wrong and this is where System Restore (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore) can save the day. You can pick a time when things were running right and restore your computer's main settings to that restore point. The interface is straight-foward. Keep in mind that programs installed since that restore point will not be there when you come through the worm-hole. It's basiclly taking your system back in time. There's an undo option also if the restore attempt didn't work or you want to go back for some reason. Even with the presence of the undo option, it's wise to back up important files in case of catastrophe.

Sometimes things are so bad that you can't even load Windows into Safe Mode much less get into System Restore. Reformat/reinstall? Hold on... not yet. If you have a bootable WindowsXP Home or Professional CD, you can do a repair and possibly keep your files and programs intact. I could write it all out but someone has written exactly what I do using my copy of WindowsXP Professional SP1. He has pictures and everything. Go here:

WindowsReinstall.com

It's pretty much the same for me except that I have to reinstall the driver setup that came with my GeForce video card for my display settings to be like I want them.

Hope you don't need this but it is nice to know.
Steve

   

   

jae
If only...

If only someone had told me set the system restore point the minute you buy and plug in your computer...it's not automatic.

jae
Happy I am!

I think this is the right place to post this, love replying to my own comments, lol. So if anyone remembers any of my comments over the last 6 months (DeFrag, Libertad, Security Software) I have had major problems with my PC almost as soon as I bought it and refused to buy the repair disk that the manufacturer, Microsoft and the store I bought it at say I needed to fix my problems because I never made a backup disc or system restore when I first bought my computer.

Today I was looking through stuff, and maybe this is common knowledge, but I never knew...Even if your PC did not come with a Windows disc or if you did not do a backup, you can get it back to new again.

System Restore-->'Advanced'--->Destructive Restore

I soooo wish I had known this over the last 6 months that I have been fighting with a broken PC. Now I am back to basics exactly how the computer came out of the box and I bought Panda Platinum 2007,so hopefully there will be no more problems!

OMG!OMG!OMG! All my dreams have come true! I can get in the chatroom! But there's no one there...

Isaac
Re: Happy I am!

not that I'm thinking of doing this to my computer anytime soon; but could you tell me what exactly it does? And where do you access this option?

jae
Re: Destructive Restore

It's in the system restore options, right now I am downloading a million different things so I can't restart, later I will check and see exactly what I did and post directions. I have to go back and look 'cause most of the things I do, like this, were done by accident, lmao.

jae
Re: Destructive Restore

When you restart hit F10 to go to System Restore, it gives you two options, some kind of diagnostic harddrive test or System Restore, I picked System Restore, then the next page ( I can't remember the exact wording) but there was an Advanced option, none of my restore points where worth using, so I clicked "Adavanced" the screen it took me to I could either choose 'System Restore' or 'Destructive Restore', I clicked Destructive, it gave me a big warning to make sure that all my files and stuff are backed up because it will restore the PC to Out Of The Box condition. And it did. When I it was done and it restarted it was like Brand New, even had to go through all the start up stuff, picking my country, installing EVERYTHING all over again! But it was definatly worth it...except I forgot to backup some pics I had from my son's birthday party, that is a loss I will not get over. Cry

Stevie
Re: Happy I am!

I believe she is referring to a recovery feature which accesses a hidden partition on her hard drive. HP and Dell are two companies that will sometimes write this "recovery partition" to the hard drive rather than give the customer a recovery CD.

A "destructive recovery" in this sense will cause a reformat/reinstall using the manufacturer's hidden software - it's the same as running a proprietary recovery disk which also usually installs all the additional software which was on the PC as it was out of the box (i.e. Antivirus, printer software, maybe a few MS Office programs)

This is not the same as "System Restore" which is built in to all Windows XP installations (provided it is turned on). System Restore accesses and puts certain settings to a previously recorded restore point.

I have a bootable stand-alone copy of Windows XP Pro on CD with no manufacturer installed recovery partition and when I do a reformat/reinstall using the CD, I must reinstall all additional software like AV, and all my other applications.

LynnH
Re: Happy I am!

Thank you, I was also curious as I have 2 almost brand new computers sitting here that my son has managed to make unuseable and I will probably have to go this route.

I do not like System Restore. In the past several years it has not been kind to me at all.

Great post jae.

 

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

Isaac
Re: Happy I am!

ah. I was working on my Friend's Dell, adding hardware for him (told him, I could remove it and make it look like the box has never been opened if he ever had to send it in for warrenty work), and couldn't figure out the "unpartitioned" space at the end of his hard drive......

itisme1760
Vs. Vista/OS X 10.5

System Restore is not a very reliable program to restore. I heard in Windows Vista that they were going to recode and redesign the features to compete with Apple's Time Machine.

Isaac
Re: Vs. Vista/OS X 10.5

they need to compete with the ZFS, cause the ZFS is at the level of the filing system not the system utility and it doesn't waste massive quanitys of hard drive space to back up old data and settings.

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