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Hi I was given the same computer Philip MT2400 to repair, but they had managed to screw up the recovery partition, I tried too do a fresh install of xp pro sp3 and it got to 8min left and stayed there, wouldnt get past the point, tried another xp pro cd with sata drivers that where added same thing, in the end i gave up and bought the DVD to use.
I can make an image of the DVD and upload it for you glaude it would be in an spanned rar file due to limits on where i can upload. It would take a couple of days to upload due to the size and content even with the rar compression. so leave a message here and i'll upload it for it.
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
I was given one of these yesterday. It was a working unit but I wanted a clean copy of the O/S. Simply create the recovery disks from a utility (I think it was 'recovery options' under 'all programs'). You need 4 x cd's or 1 x DVD - although it would not regonise any blank DVD's. It takes about 30 minutes from starting the recovery to a full recovery back to disk. The manual warns you not to use Fdisk or any other partitioning s/w or the recovery will not work. You get options to do a non-destructive or destructive recovery.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
If you have important files and data that you would like to keep, your best solution is to perform what is called an "in-place upgrade", also known as a repair install. The disadvantage of this is that some malicious files created by the Sasser worm (and any other infections you might have) may remain on your hard disk.
The following two articles from Microsoft explain how to perform a clean installation (by booting from the Windows XP CD) and how to perform a repair install, respectively:
How to install or upgrade to Windows XP
How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP
If you decide to do a repair install, your user account folder will remain in the place it originally was. So, for example, C:\Documents and Settings\yosser. In that folder there will be your "My Documents", "Desktop" and other data folders that you originally had. If you decide to perform a repair install, disconnect your computer from the Internet. Once you have finished installing Windows, update it to Service Pack 2 or 3 and follow all of the steps and advice on this website provided by Microsoft.
If you decide to do a clean install, the updating and protection steps that I just mentioned still apply. The caveat is that to do either of these two types of reinstallation, you are required to have a Windows XP CD at hand. It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer as to whether they supply you with this disc. Otherwise, you may be able to recover your machine by running the built-in recovery routine. Check the user manual that came with your computer.
Posted on Sep 26, 2008
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