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    Nov 2001
    Santa Rosa, California, USA
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    Recovery from Catastrophic Failure (WinXP Pro SP-1)

    I am posting this question from curiosity. Not because I have an immediate need (Fingers Crossed!)
    I recall with NT 4 (the last time I had to deal with this), if one had a catastrophic failure, you had to reinstall WinNT in some minimal level to run your backup device and then run the backup right over the freshly installed WinNT. I had to do this once, and, sure enough, it put everything back where it belonged.

    With WinXP, if one had a catastrophic failure of some type, would you do the same thing? Or would you use the ASR, after still installing some level of XP? I have used the ASR once when things got screwed up and it worked. But that problem was not of the truely catastrophic variety. Or would one just do a fresh install and have the 'clean' system, even though a full install is a genuine pain in the neck?

    Thanks a lot for any thoughts on this question.

    Sincerely, Bob Harris <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    -Bob Harris
    "Seek Simplicity, Then Mistrust It!"

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    Dec 2000
    Renton, Washington, USA
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    Re: Recovery from Catastrophic Failure (WinXP Pro SP-1)

    I have used the Restore a few times with success, but also have booted to the CD and have done a "Repair" which works real good, it is the same as the Win 2K repair. But always the BEST is to do a format and clean install if you are prepared for it, ie., backups, all settings remembered and etc. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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