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    Question about 'Restore Disks'

    I am selling a used computer for a client and want to do a total format of the drive and reinstall of the O/S (Win XP Home). All that was given to me is a home-burned CD named: "Cicero Restore". I've never used a Restore Disk before and would like to know how they work, e.g., are they bootable? Do they automatically install the O/S and all necessary drivers, etc. Here's a screenshot of what's on the CD.
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    Re: Question about 'Restore Disks'

    If the system still has the hidden partition I would use it first. Most of these "restore" will rebuild the system to the factory settings. You can normally get to it through the "Help and Support". There should be a entry about "Restore" or Recover" as such.

    As for the User made disks, yes, most of the current OEM's have a method in which the user makes these disks. There should be ONE that is bootable and then one or more depending on the OEM for the OS, programs and Drivers.

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    Re: Question about 'Restore Disks'

    Hi again Dave. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I included the screenshot of the Discs contents with the hopes that it might reveal if this disc has not only Win XP but also the drivers, etc. Secondly, I am wanting to know if these homemade discs which are generally created via a prompt the first time the system is booted, is bootable. In other words, do these discs and this one in particular function the same/similar way that a Win XP disc does, i.e., do you simply boot with the disc and choose to restore the system and it goes from there? Because this is the ONLY disc supplied by the owner, i.e., there is no Win XP installation disc, no drivers, no motherboard disc, etc., it is essential that I know if I can in fact format the drive and rebuild the system for the new owner. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Question about 'Restore Disks'

    The files listed appear to be the ones needed to install Windows. I do NOT see any third party programs or driver folders.

    Try booting to it and one can always back out if it appears not to be what you think it should be.

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    Re: Question about 'Restore Disks'

    I do NOT see any third party programs or driver folders.

    This disk DOES include third party programs (preload) and driver (i386dist) folders.

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    Re: Question about 'Restore Disks'

    Jeff,
    Just try the CD and see if it boots to it.
    If it does, then try to run the Autorun.inf file to see where it goes.
    You should be able to stop it if it doesn't seem to do what you want.
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