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    Installation CD, Win XP, Win XP Pro (SP 2)

    Hello, Again -

    My Dell 2400 has the CD-ROM image for Wndows XP (meaning, I am told, this is found in folder I386.along with its winnt.exe and winnt32.exe). [I386 is not on my XP Pro]

    Can I make a copy of this folder for use on XP Pro should my system crash?

    As always, thank you!

    XP Pro is on Dell Optiplex Gx240
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    Generally, Dell computers have a Recovery Partition that is accessed by pressing Ctrl+F11 at boot. This will restore your computer to the condition it was in when you took it out of the box. So if you use a program like Macrium Reflect V5 {free edition} and make an image backup you should be covered should your disk fail you can restore the image to a new disk and be ok! In the event of other problems that don't involve the physical failure of the hard drive and are severe enough to require a reinstall you can use the Ctrl+F11 trick. I believe you can also call Dell and for a small fee get an XP installation disk.

    All that said, the Optiplex is a Dell business machine and I don't know if they are set up like their home counterparts. In any event an image backup is still your best option. IMHO
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    Thank you for this information!

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    acerfmayer,

    Just FYI, Dell's business-class machines (such as the Optiplex model line) did not ship with the DSR (Dell System Restore) described by RetiredGeek. DSR was only included on their home-user model lines (Inspiron laptops and Dimension desktops). However, most--if not all--Dimension 2400's were shipped before the introduction of DSR in Jul-2004, so your 2400 probably doesn't have the DSR system, either.

    Dell's OEM XP Reinstallation CDs are not model-specific, so if you know any friends or relatives that have a Dell and still have their XP-Pro Reinstallation CD, just make a copy of it. It's legal as long as the version (e.g., XP-Home vs. XP-Pro) matches the COA sticker on the side of your Optiplex's case.

    Note that reinstalling XP will leave you with a plain old Microsoft installation, without Dell's drivers (even though it's a Dell CD), bundled software, or the hundreds of Windows updates. To avoid redoing all that, you may want to investigate the myriad and highly popular cloning/imaging tools available.

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    Thank you for all the useful info!

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