Easy full system RESTORE question..

June 6, 2007 at 07:59:48
Specs: xp, 768


I have a E machine/Windows xp. I want to do a full system restore (with back up) NOT full system restore (destructive). I am not doing a RECOVERY just incase those two words get mixed up. It says it will save all data, however all applications and settings will need to be reinstalled. Exactly what does this mean? Does that mean I will have to reinstall my Photoshop or Nero Burner...programs I guess because they will be whipped out. Just want to make sure what they mean by applications, I know what they mean about settings. Thanks



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#1
June 6, 2007 at 10:24:49

Are you talking about XP's built-in System Restore function? Or restoring from a backup or CD?

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#2
June 6, 2007 at 10:39:55

Good question...a back up cd that came with the E machine.
Guess that would have helped ;}

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#3
June 6, 2007 at 12:56:49

Use the backup utility that came with XP...it's free and easy. You'll only need to reinstall the OS and restore your backup should there be a catastrophic failure. Here's an MS link that describes the use of it:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...


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#4
June 7, 2007 at 08:30:16

I think you have System Restore and backup confused. System Restore will restore your system to an earlier time. Data and applications will not be effected unless you restore to a time before the particular application (Software Program) was installed.

If you're talking about backup, then you can run the XP File and Settings Transfer Wizard to save your data and profile settings. You could then reload your computer (install XP from scratch) and reinstall all your programs, then importing your files and settings from the backup.

I'm not sure if what you have from E-machines is a Restore (to factory settings) CD or something else. Perhaps some clarification would help.

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#5
June 7, 2007 at 10:18:44

I have the Emachine Microsoft Windows xp HE System
Recovery cd/dvd that came with the Emachine. Im mad
now as I type because the cd says Recovery not restore
which while loading the cd it uses the words RESTOR
instead of recovery. Thats why I used the restore term. I
can see how this-was confusing. Anyways, it says on the
dc that it is used to re-install the operating system,
programs and drivers. After it loads the files it gives me
two choices...full system restore (with back up) or
(destructive). I want to choose (back up) It says it will save
all data, however all applications and settings will need to
be reinstalled. Exactly what does this mean? Does that
mean I will have to reinstall my Photoshop or Nero
Burner...programs I guess because they will be whipped
out. Just want to make sure what they mean by
applications, I know what they mean about settings. My
main question is...when they say applications does that
mean programs I have installed such as Photo Shop.
Because if thats true, I need to go a different route so I
won't lose everything. Thanks for checkin in and helping.

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#6
June 7, 2007 at 10:22:16

Yes. That's what that means. You will need to reinstall all your applications/programs and reconfigure your profile settings. You won't lose "everything." Run the File and Settings transfer wizard in XP. Then, run your restore CD and after that, reinstall all the applications. If you've installed them, you should have the media. Correct?

Why the need to go this process to begin with? Is there a problem you're attempting to correct by reverting to the Factory Restore cd?

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#7
June 7, 2007 at 11:07:32

Jennifer, thanks for answering that question.

OK...you asked
lol, it's an issue that I'm tired of trying to figure out
BUT...I have this desktop wireless belkin installed on my
PC. I have a linksys router picking up another p.c. and a
mac. The one with issues says it has a GREAT connection
but I can't get it to connect to the internet in no way.
Anyways, I have gotten to the point where I will just "full
system recovery" from a c.d. that came with the computer ( Emachine). Take note that it is Emachine Microsoft Windows xp HE System
Recovery cd/dvd that came with the Emachine. It says on the
dc that it is used to re-install the operating system,
programs and drivers. It is not the actual green window xp c.d., it did not come with the computer.

I swear it screwed up after I un installed MSN which I reinstalled and uninstalled a few times thinking that would fix it. I
had the wireless working before that and now it's history. I have
called Belkin support, Lynksys support, searched online
help, I feel like I have done it all sso this is my last resort.
Thanks
for asking.


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#8
June 7, 2007 at 11:46:29

Have you tried running an XP System Restore to a point before the problem started?

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#9
June 7, 2007 at 13:31:12

Yes and it didn't work ;}

Chris E.


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#10
June 7, 2007 at 14:24:41

Is your Firewall enabled? What MSN software did you remove? What's showing in ipconfig?

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#11
June 7, 2007 at 17:05:43

No, my firewall is off and the msn was the program
downloaded from the net and we were cancelling msn so I
uninstalled it. As for the ipconfig when I run it, I get a flash
of a window. Cant read it.

Chris E.


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#12
June 7, 2007 at 17:08:57

Open a command window and run ipconfig. It may be a matter of running the winsock fix...


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#13
June 8, 2007 at 08:48:34

I can't open ipconfig....it just flashes a window? Is it
supposed to do that? Thanks for keepin up with me. ;}

Chris E.


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#14
June 8, 2007 at 10:07:47

Chris, you need to open a Command Window, then run ipconfig.

Start
Run
cmd
Enter
ipconfig /all
Enter

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#15
June 8, 2007 at 12:44:32

Gott it.... Whaterever is missing below are because they
were blank feilds. This is what it looked like. If this
matters, I remember going through this with Belkin or
Lynksys...can't remember which.

Ethernet adapter local area connection

Autoconfig address 169.254.165.167
Sub Mask 255.255.0.0
IP address fe80: :213:d3ff:fee6:66c9%4

Tunnel adapter teredo tunn pseudo-interface

IP address fe80::ffff:ffff:ffd%5

Tunnel adapter Automatic tunn pseudo-interface
IP address fe80::5efe:169:254.165.167.%2

Chris E.


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