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Destructive recovery Hello Crimson, Thank you very much for your helpful response regarding my malware problem. Do I understand you to say there is a way to load XP and simultaneously erase my hardrive? This would be perfect, but I've loaded XP before and it left existing programs and files. I defer to your master status and hopefully await your reply. Thanks!

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  • Arizona Chris
    Arizona Chris Feb 05, 2009

    Brilliant! I reloaded XP onto my computer and the malware problem has vanished. Incidentally, it was called "Perfect Defender", which originally appeared as a pop-up- AVOID IT IF YOU SEE IT.

    Thanks very much for your help!


  • kenyx Dec 08, 2009

    did destructive restore by mistske?

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Yes you can format the current partition your windows is on using the standard XP home disk and have a completly fresh clean XP install

If your starting the XP home CD in windows itself then you will get 2 options;
1 is to upgrade your current installation
2 is a 'New' installation

its the New installation you need...


If your starting the XP home CD from the CD boot menu [when you restard your PC] at the 3rd or 4th screen it will ask you the partition options;

1 is to 'Leave the current file system in tact'
2 is to 'Format (quick)'
3 is to 'Format'

you do not want option 1 that will keep all your old windows files etc [and the malware]

option 2 or 3 is what you need for a fresh install (2 is faster and will be fine for you)

If you need more help let me know...
Matt

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

  • Boli Jan 23, 2009

    ***Be advised the options i gave you will delete EVERYTHING including your docs pics music etc***

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HOw do i reset my computer to where its practiclly new?


Restoring an HP computer to factory settings requires that you do a system recovery.
There are two types of recovery for HP computers: destructive and non-destructive.

Destructive recovery will reformat your hard drive, destroying all data and reinstalling the operating system and additional software according to the factory configuration.

Non-destructive, or "system," recovery will repair your Windows installation, replacing any damaged or missing system files and restoring the registry to the factory setting.

Non-destructive recovery is the best option if you are unable to back up your user data before running system recovery.Restoring with CDs


Back up all crucial user files if you are able to do so.
If your computer will not burn CDs, use flash drives of 4GB or higher to store your data.

Alternatively, you can use your network to transfer files.
You can then back up your data to CDs at your leisure.

Detach peripheral devices such as removable media drives, USB drives and your printer before recovering.

Also remove any additional hard drives by disconnecting the cable from the back of the computer.
Leave your monitor, mouse and keyboard attached to the computer.

Shut down your computer.
Place the first recovery CD in the CD drive.

If your recovery files are written on a partition, you may be able to select system recovery from the splash screen and your computer starts.
Select the recovery option you would like to use.
To perform a destructive recovery, click the "Advanced" menu option.

Select "Destructive Recovery" and click "Next."
To perform a non-destructive, or system, recovery, click "Next" from the opening screen.
Watch the computer while it is recovering to the factory settings.
Watch for any errors, as the computer will wait indefinitely for a response from you, slowing down recovery time.

Also, you may need to insert additional recovery CDs as the recovery program requests them. Restoring With Recovery Manager

Click the Windows "Start" menu, type "Recovery" in the Search field and press "Enter."
Click "Advanced Options," choose "System Recovery" and select "Next."
If you are prompted to use Microsoft's recovery program, select "No."
Choose the option to back up your files, if you haven't done it already.
Once that is complete, choose "Next" to begin reformatting the drive and returning the system to factory settings. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-and/How-do-I-RESTORE-my-system-to-the-original-factory-settings/td-p/50113

Dec 08, 2013 | HP PC Desktops

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Destructive recovery


It depends upon what virus it had? Some will attack the boot sector. If it was mine, and I am not sure what virus it had, I would do a complete reinstall. Starting with deleting the partition of the heard drive, the creating the partition and format the drive install the OS and drivers. The before placing and programs or games on the drive, get a good anti-virus and malware detector program on it.

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Destructive recovery


A destructive recovery IS reformatting your hard drive. Re-installing Windows and keeping the old files is the "Non-destructive" route. Remember that you will lose ALL your data if you format but that means the virus will be gone too. Try downloading Avast free antivirus and running a boot-time scan, once that's done download and run MalwareBytes anti-malware, that should clean you up without the need to format.

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Ho do I initiate a destructive recovery on a Dell Dimension 3000 Desk top computer?


You need to use the Recovery cds that came with your computer. Insert the Installation cd in the cd drive, reboot the computer and select format and restore from the menu.
If you do not have the Recovery cds, then a Windows cd will format and install XP, you will need to use the license (productID, that is on the sticker on the back of the unit)

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it and give a testimonial for my response

Thanks, Joe

Apr 01, 2011 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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How can i do a full recovery on my emachine t5048 without disks


To do recovery without a disc you must have the recovery partion on the hard drive if you have one you can access it by taping F10 when you turn on the computer. There are two types of recovery destructive and non destructive depending upon your need you can select one.

Mar 13, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Won't boot getting blue screen


hello, to start of blue screen can be result of several different things, ie incompatible drivers, corrupted os etc..
without going into detail of what might have caused it here is what you can try:
if you have windows CD try booting of the cd, (start computer with the CD in the drive) and follow the steps until you get to the screen where it says windows installation found and at the bottom of the screen you see an option to "Repair" it will look like its installing windows all over and it may ask for the CD key again.
CD key is usually located behind or side of the PC.

you can also try full recovery if your system came with recovery CDs2_bing.gif. keep in mind restore/recovery can be destructive(will delete all you existing data) depending upon which option you use.

use caution when selecting option.

please feel free to ask any questions if you are not sure, (better to be safe than sorry :-))

hope this help.
kind regards,

Amar Sondhi

Dec 06, 2009 | HP Compaq Business d530 PC Desktop

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Compaq presario system recovery


Hi,

When the initial blue HP screen appears, press the F10 key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears. The progress indicator that first appears does not indicate that a recovery is taking place. The progress indicator represents the time before the recovery process is started.

When the Recovery screen appears, click Next, and then click Yes to perform a normal, non-destructive recovery.

To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced, and then click Yes.



CAUTION: A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the original software that came with the computer.

After the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the computer finishes the setup.


NOTE: It may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and may take over an hour, depending on the amount of files that were stored in the user account folders (Like My Documents and the Desktop.

Note:Dont foregt to backup your important files/documents.
Hope this helps !
Thanks..

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I have a emachine T6520 that I'm trying to get to work.When I put in the recovery disk it freezes during the reconfiguring. What can I do?


Maybe you should try to do a "destructive" restore. when restoring from the recovery disc, you have the option to do a "destructive" or "none destructive" system recovery. if you choose to to non destructive recovery, then any virus that may be on your pc will not be removed and this may be the reason why your recovery always stops half way through. note that this will format the hard drive and you will loose all the files on the hard drive, including photos and documents. if this doesn't work then you should try to find out if you have a hardware problem. you can download one diagnostic software from seagate, that you burn to a cd. you use this as a boot disc, like the recovery disc, to test your hard drive, memory and motherboard to see if you need to replace any components. the most common problem is the hard drive. http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=SeaTools&vgnextoid=720bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

Jul 19, 2009 | E-Machines T6520 PC Desktop

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Can't reformat hard drive


If recovery is not possible by using recovery cd; you have to depend on a full version XP cd -- either for repair or new installation.

Dec 17, 2008 | Gateway GT5014 PC Desktop

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Hi i have an acer aspire 5520 and was looking to clean my c drive. but i didnt get a cd with the the laptop package when it arrived. help me please


when you first received the laptop and turned it on ,it would have asked you to make a recovery disc,
if you did ,(and if i understand you correctly ,you want to format the hard drive),

put it in the cd drive and boot up to recover your hard drive,

or when you boot the laptop up, it will tell you what button to push (sometimes F11) to go to the recovery partition, and restore it back to the factory settings,read the manual.

you may need to reboot a number of times to catch what it says if you don't have the manual,

then you will be asked if you want a destructive recovery (lose all date) or not ,this depends why you want to clean the hard drive.

a none destructive will leave your programs on the hard drive and restore only the operating system & drivers.

good luck
Terry

Mar 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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