files and programs completely removed from XP

October 30, 2013 at 13:28:19
Specs: Windows 8
I did a disk clean-up and a defrag on my neighbors desktop XP some how I erased all file s and program except Recycle Bin. I have very nice laptops and a desktop all window's 8. I need to know if I can burn a reinstallation start up for xp and burn it to a DVD-R?

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October 30, 2013 at 14:19:51
Defrag shouldn't have harmed anything but disk cleanup may have removed programs that are seldom or never used. It may have just deleted the desktop icons. Did you check Start > All Programs to see which programs are still available?

"I need to know if I can burn a reinstallation start up for xp and burn it to a DVD-R?"

Where would you get the files to create the disk? And even if you could do what you're proposing, you would then have to install the device drivers, Windows Updates, & all the programs. Do you have copies of those?

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October 30, 2013 at 14:22:59
NO you cannot. If you have crewed up the XP installation you are going to need an XP isntall disk to put it right.

Windows XP and Windows 8 are two completely different systems


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October 30, 2013 at 14:25:59
I wanted to do a Windows XP installlation

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October 30, 2013 at 14:28:21
I know they r way different but I was hoping maybe Microsoft site has a XP installation I can burn from my Windows 8, then install in her pc.

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October 30, 2013 at 14:29:17
I am hoping to find them online maybe thru Microsoft.

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October 30, 2013 at 14:30:28
no I was hoping to find them on-line

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October 30, 2013 at 14:40:08

It might help keeping to one post:

quoted from other posts to centralize ideas

The pc belonged to a mentally challenged woman and I kid you not I sat for 3 hours uninstaliing files from control panel, I noticed (because I was trying to get all her crap out) I noticed the bar hasn't even scrolled down at all. Under downloads it was the same due to her challenge she really didn't know what she was doing there were hundred's of downloaded cartoon character's. I was going that route. When I figured this could be days if not weeks I decided to do a do a system restore. But there were still so many unnecessary programs and file's. So I did a disc C: clean-up with some compressing files. Then I did a Defragamation. Some how everything got erased excepted Recycle Bin. Please I hope you can help me.


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October 30, 2013 at 15:38:22
Microsoft never had the facility to download Windows XP.

The computer should have come with a restore disk, or the facility to make one maje a restore disk when the computer was new. If you don't have one you may be able to get one fro the computer manufactures.

Other than that you will need to buy a Windows XP installation disk.

Windows XP is an obsolete OS and is no longer sold mainstream but you should be able to pick one up cheap on E-Bay.


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October 30, 2013 at 20:06:02
Well, since both threads are still active I guess I should post in both:

"So 'everything is gone' means if you click START and go to PROGRAMS, nothing shows there? It's hard to accidently delete everything. Something must remain. Maybe just the links are gone.
What happens if you reboot? Can you reboot to safe mode? As already mentioned you should try another system restore."

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October 31, 2013 at 12:15:40
This is one reason why double posting is silly. I might as well copy mine over too:

I agree with DAVEINCAPS. Windows won't even let you delete much of the system stuff so unless you are using a Linux disc or similar on it then it should still be somewhere.

The only way MS will provide operating system software is if you buy it.

By the way, this issue has nothing to do with hardware.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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