XP Installation CD - same edition?

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January 18, 2010 at 19:48:52
Specs: XP Media Edition
My computer crashed recently, and needs XP to be reinstalled. However, we never got given the Installation CD when we purchased our computer.

Currently the computer has XP Media Center Edition on it - does that mean we have to find a Media Center CD (which I can't seem to track down), or would it be okay to use a Home edition?


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#1
January 19, 2010 at 02:47:39
... you might not need the cd if you have a recovery partition on your harddrive which acts like a cd and recovers your pc to factory condition once a couple of <keys> are tapped @ bootup

... as you hav'nt displayed any pc make or model numbers I can't show you which keys to use as they vary per make!

... a lot of "Media Center Edition" models have this recovery partition


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#2
January 19, 2010 at 20:53:23
It's a Compaq Presario SR1925AN, if that helps?

Thanks for your help so far :)


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#3
January 20, 2010 at 02:04:34
... you might be lucky!

Just after the first screen appears (the logo screen), press the <F10> key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears.

... click the blue for more info


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#4
January 20, 2010 at 02:26:45
Method 1:

Startup your Computer and Press the F10 key during boot at the beginning
OR
from the Start menu select:
Start > All Programs > Compaq > Compaq PC Tools > Compaq System Recovery
OR
Start > All Programs > Compaq > Compaq Presario PC Tools > Compaq System Recovery
OR
Start > All Programs > PC Help & Tools > Compaq System Recovery.

Windows® XP will restart (a reminder to use System Restore might appear - click Yes to continue the restart).

The PC will load the Compaq System Recovery. In the recovery program there are 2 methods which can be used to recover the PC:

Non-Destructive System Recovery.
This should restore the system without affecting the user's data.
Press Next. The user is prompted to try System Restore first. Press Yes. Recovery will now begin.

Destructive System Recovery.
This method will format the hard drive and remove any personal data and applications. This will use a Quick Format only.
Click Advanced Options from the first recovery screen shown. Press Next to begin.

Method 2:

If method 1 does not work, then try the one below:

Pressing F11 key during boot up will trigger the recovery menu.

If you have a recovery partition (as is normal) then you will be able to use it to recover your system to factory defaults.

If pressing F11 does not work and you are sure that you do have a recovery partition then you may need to activate F11. To do that try this:

To activate if F11 does not help to start recovery.

START > Control Panel > Administrative tools
OR
START > run > compmgmt.msc and press enter

then select Disk management

Identify your recovery partition and mark the partition as Active.

Restart the PC.

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#5
January 20, 2010 at 21:18:43
My computer has no reaction to F10.

On F11, it enters a setup menu, is that right? I'm not sure what to do from there, there is no mention of recovery anywhere.

I can't actually get to 'START' to see if the partition is active.

Boy, right now, I just want to kick the stupid thing to pieces!


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#6
January 21, 2010 at 02:46:01
What options do you see when you enter setup after pressing F11?

Was this Laptop bought from new?
Did you get an option to create a recovery CD/DVD when you first booted up the laptop when you bought it new? If you did, then did you create that recovery CD/DVD?

Has the laptop had its OS reinstalled since it was purchased?

Answers to these questions may determine your options.

Finally this link may be of help:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

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#7
January 21, 2010 at 02:56:38
Do you get the menu shown in item 4 on the web page below when your press F11 during boot up?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

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#8
January 21, 2010 at 04:42:18
... you could try this download <click scroll to bottom of page

... once you create the bootable cd from the "iso" and bootup with it you should be able to select the recovery partition to be made "active" if it exists

... one active the recovery should start after the machine reboots


... how to burn "iso" click> Mirror 8 - Provided by ImgBurn

... once installed select "write image file to disc"

... "please select a file" ...browse to "iso"

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#9
January 21, 2010 at 15:24:41
We did get the computer new, and the OS may have been reinstalled - my sisters are being very vague about what they know about it, but they said this happened two years ago and it 'got fixed'. I'll take a punt and say that no recovery discs were made.

The menu that comes up is like a setup menu, or a technical menu with computer specifications.


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#10
January 21, 2010 at 15:48:56
If your hard drive has gone bad you may need to get disks from Compaq. As you now know you were supposed to make a restore set when the computer was still running.

Briefly describe the crash you experienced.


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#11
January 21, 2010 at 16:03:31
From your response I take it that the menu displayed is nothing like the one shown in the link on my response 7?

If that is the case then your description of the menu you see does not help me or anyone understand what that menu is about.

In that case I would advise that you try and get hold of a copy of the CD for XP Pro SP3 and re-install the OS. It is however possible that you may not be able to use some of your media centre Apps as a result.

If you do install XP Pro, then know that, if the CD is not a HP / Compaq CD then you will need to activate your installation by telephone with Micro$oft at which point you will need to explain how you are in this situation and then you may/will be allowed to activate your new fresh XP install using the serial that is on the COA label stuck to your base unit.

You will obviously then need to install/update all associated drivers for that PC which can be downloaded from the HP website and then finally install all your applications.

Bear in mind that this will result in total data loss and therefore you might want to think about backing up your important data first.

If you do manage to get hoild of a copy of the right CD you may also be able to attempt a repair install first if you do not want to loose your data.

Hope it helps

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#12
January 22, 2010 at 03:37:07
... have you tried #Response Number 8 method?

... if there is a recovery partition it may work!

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