How to do restore without disc

February 16, 2010 at 15:25:39
Specs: Windows xp
I want to restore my computer to default settings but do not have a disc. I have Norton Ghost but never made a restore disc. Is there any other way to restore my computer. It seems to have a virus and is extremely slow. Cannot get on line or anything.

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February 16, 2010 at 15:48:30
if you had a dell recovery partition you could restore to factory defaults though you would loose all your data/installed programs.

Have you tried Dell online tech support?

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February 17, 2010 at 03:32:34
mmm - I suggest you get a Knoppix or Ubuntu (Linux variants) disk and boot with that. Then copy "all" data to optical media - so as to safeguard your data... After-which consider options re' cleaning out the system and improving ot overall.

Once you have booted with the Knoppix/Ubuntu disk you can also get on-line. Do so and go to - and look for "housecall". Run it and allow it to fully scan your system as is.

Then see how things are via a standard OS boot. If no better etc... post back?

If you do a standard Dell recovery/restore process - than as Wanderer advises - you "will" lose all data etc... Which is why first safeguard it as above (Knoppix/Ubuntu) approach.

Usually (these days...?) you can restore either via a recovery disk (which may have come with the system, or you made it when you received system) or via a recovery (hidden) partition on the drive (usually at the head/start of the HD).

discusses - briefly - both approaches...

Once you do have a working system again... make and keep secure your own recovery set; as in image the drive etc. using Ghost (as you have it already).

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February 17, 2010 at 22:20:55
AND when all is running again, use a better AntiVirus/AntiSpyware/Malware program and keep it up-to-date!!

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