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    Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Dear Windows XP Gurus

    Please excuse this first post from an ignorant newbie. My PC came ready installed with Windows XP, and came with 2 CD-ROM Recovery Disks.

    I have been looking up a lot of stuff on backups and recovering from disasters (for example Woody Leonhard's excellent Windows XP All In One Desk Reference For Dummies), but I keep coming across the phrase, "Put your Windows XP CD in the drive .....".

    According to my PC's User Guide if I dare to put my Recovery Disks into the CD-ROM drive then it will enter the Microsoft Windows Startup Menu (which I have never seen before and whose options I don't know), then I can choose either to reformat the Hard Disk, losing all my data, or boot to DOS prompt from CD-ROM (I don't know how easy it is to get out of it again). I am very nervous indeed about putting these Disks anywhere near the CD-ROM drive !.

    Can anybody reassure me that I won't accidentally delete all my data if I put these Disks in the CD-ROM drive ?.

    Does anyone know if things like the backup utility can be extracted from Recovery disks like these, or can they only be extracted from a proper MS Windows XP Installation Disk ?.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who answers.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Who's system recovery CD's are they? Dell, HP or whoever? Normally, you will have the option to restore the SYSTEM or REPAIR it when it boots to the CD. You will not lose anything automatically just by inserting the CD's unless you TELL it to do a reformat. Be careful what you click on and read before clicking.
    If you boot to DOS, you can just turn it off to get out of it, OR if you went to a DOS (or command) window you can just type "exit" w/o the quotes.
    The NTbackup.exe file is on the regular WINXP CD (and I assume it is also on your recovery CD) and can be just copied over to a folder on your HD and run from there. You can do a search on your recovery CD's to find it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> It's not usually installed by default.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Are you needing to use the Disks for some reason? Or, are you just wanting to see how they work? If you put them in the CD-ROM, nothing is going to happen unless you click on one of the choices it gives you in the window that comes up. Just be careful not to choose any of the commands that you are not familiar with.
    Lets hope you never need them anyway. There are lots of things you can do when you have problems without using those disks. But there are books you can buy that will teach you how to use them if you want.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Dear Viking33

    Thanks for taking the trouble to give such a detailed answer. It is a E-Machines 360 Recovery Disk by the way.

    Thanks to the confidence I have received from you and others, I put the disk in the drive, and saw that the NTBackup was on it, and it didn't automatically wipe everything.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Dear Cowboydawg

    Thanks for the reassurance. I put the disks in and nothing nasty or unexpected happened.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    You're very welcome.
    I think you will find that as you get more and more involved in the day to day features and various little "tricks" built into XP, you're confidence will grow accordingly. If you aren't sure of something, just plug it in to the Lounge. Someone will usually come up with the answer(s) for you. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Your Welcome. Hey I can remember when I first started trying to learn about computers. I jumped in with both feet. Heck, I erased more data then a bad Virus <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> when I first started. But I soon learned that what ever you mess up , it can be fixed.__ Well, <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> most the time anyway.

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Bob,

    Maybe a
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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Hi hlewton,
    Usually recovery CD's from a particular manufacturer, will when used, restore the system back to what it was when received. This will include a lot of "extra" programs or setup features that the manufacturer thinks you may wantneed(?) If your friend did some tweaking or other changes to the way programs work, or if he deleted some of them afterwards, the restore will NOT include these changes or tweaks. He would have to go back in and make the changes again to suit the way he wants the program or system to look or work.
    It depends on the reason why he had to use the restore CD's in the first place. If he just wanted to correct a mistake in a recent change made, then he could use "system restore" (if it was enabled) or a utility like GoBack.
    If it was a major failure, he could use Drive Image to get things back to normal WITH the tweaks, etc. Of course, GoBack & Drive Image are add-on utilities that he would have to have installed after the fact. <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks. Yeah, we know about DI & Goback, huh?
    H Lewton

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    Re: Use of Recovery Disks (Win XP Home Edition SP1)

    We're getting there <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>

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