Win Xp Gone Haywire

April 2, 2012 at 05:00:26
Specs: Windows XP
My Acer Aspire is reacting badly, and I was wondering instead of doing a complete restore, I have the three recovery disks for WIN XP, would I be able to only repair WIN XP without removing all the other programmes that I have installed on the computer?

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April 2, 2012 at 05:48:31
3 recovery disk from other computers??


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April 2, 2012 at 06:02:29
Maybe....some recovery programs load the recovery console which may allow you some repairs. To do an actual "repair" one would need the XP installation disk. So if one of the 3 disks is a windows installation disk, you can do the repair. If the disks are recovery disks without a separate xp install disk, then you are probably better off borrowing an XP sp2 installation disk.

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April 2, 2012 at 14:42:16
On the recovery disks it states:

"Acer AspireT300 Recovery CD for Windows XP. The software included on these CDs was preinstalled on your hard drive at the factory."

From that statement I am now assuming that all the extra programmes that are on the computer when I purchased the computer are also on these CDs. Therefore, if I did a complete recovery, I would still have those programmes that I was wondering I would lose if I did either a repair or recovery of the computer.

It also said: "...may only be used for backup and recovery of your Acer computer system"!

Is there anyway that you are able to find the contents of these CDs.

Since the purchase of the computer I have had the CD drive replaced with a totally different CD drive, and I guess this would come under the "hardware" listing, is this correct?.

Therefore, if I am unable to do a WIN XP repair, and if I was to do a "recovery", would the CD drive still work?

I am not conversant with all this stuff and that is why so many questions.

Thanks and regards

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April 5, 2012 at 09:47:10
Yes you can find the contents of the disks but I doubt you have the standalone Windows disk and thats what you need for a repair. If you use the recovery may have options, the advanced option of factory restore....will load the all the original contents back onto your computer just like the day you bought. It wipes out any existing data. So before doing the factory restore disks......get the data documents, music, pictures etc. After the factory restore you will have all the programs etc you had on it when you bought it and it will have all the drivers loaded etc. then you will have to begin to redownload windows updates etc again.......goodlcuk.

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April 5, 2012 at 15:21:07
Thanks Hopper,

Will just have to do a complete recovery to sort it all out.

Thanks, consider this posting closed

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April 5, 2012 at 17:46:05
Make sure your hard drive is not in the process of failing !

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

If the hard drive itself DOES NOT test okay, you need to REPLACE it.

"Will just have to do a complete recovery to sort it all out."

Doing that WILL delete the personal data that you have added that is on the same partition Windows was installed on.

If you want to copy personal data you don't want to lose that is on the same partition Windows was installed on to elsewhere, you do that BEFORE you do the Recovery procedure.
E.g. If Windows is not working properly, you can boot the computer from something such as a Linux CD, or the Ultimate Boot CD, that can read all the data on your hard drive

Doing a Repair installation of Windows WILL NOT delete the personal data that is on the same partition Windows was installed on.

See response 10:

Scroll down to:

"- If that doesn't help, you can try running a Repair installation of Windows"

Also - SATA RAID (and IDE RAID) - see the first part of response 10

Also - if you have the bios Setop set to have the SATA drive controllers in SATA or AHCI (or SATA RAID) mode

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.

See response 2:

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