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Windows xp do I need recovery discs

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If you format your system, you'll lose everything on it, and may need to buy a new OS.
You can make recovery disks by booting off the recovery partition; check the options as your machine first boots (look for text telling you to hit F10, Escape, or Delete (sometimes another key) to choose your boot options, and then choose to boot from the recovery partition.

There may also be an option in Windows -- an HP program -- that lets you create recovery media (one time only).

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Format hard drive


Hi
To "format C" means to format the the C drive, or the primary partition that Windows or your other operating system is installed on. When you format C, you erase the operating system and other information on the C drive.
However, it's not a straightforward process to format C. You can't format the C drive like you can format another drive in Windows because you're within Windows when you perform the format. To format C from within Windows would be like lifting a chair in the air while sitting on it - you can't do it.
The solution is to format C from outside of Windows, meaning you need a way to format a drive from somewhere other than your Windows installation. The easiest way to do this is to boot to an operating system (with formatting abilities) from a CD/DVD/BD drive, flash drive, or floppy drive.
This might all sound very complicated but it's actually quite easy to format C. Below are 5 completely free ways to format your C drive:
Note: If you're trying to format your C drive because you want to replace or reinstall Windows, you do not need to format C ahead of time. Formatting is done automatically during the Windows installation. Skip this article entirely and instead see How To Clean Install Windows.
Important: Formatting your C drive does not permanently erase the data on the drive. If you want to completely erase the information on the C drive, see Option 5 below, Wipe the Drive Clean With Data Destruction Software.
1. Format C From a Windows Setup Disc
The easiest way to format C is by completing part of a Windows installation. It's not easiest as far as number of steps goes, but since most of us have a Windows Setup DVD lying around, we have easy access to a means to format drives outside of Windows.
Important: You can only format C this way using a Windows 7 Setup disc or a Windows Vista Setup disc.
However, it doesn't at all matter what Windows operating system is on your C drive, including Windows XP. The only requirement is the disc you use to format C - either a Windows 7 or a Windows Vista Setup DVD. Feel free to borrow a friend's disc if you'd like to try this method but you only have Windows XP... or some other operating system.
2. Format C From a System Repair Disc
If you don't have access to a Windows Setup DVD, but you do still have access to a working copy of Windows 7, you can create a System Repair Disc and then boot to that disc and format C from there.
You can only format C using a System Repair Disc if you have access to Windows 7 to create the System Repair Disc. If you don't have access to Windows 7, find someone who does and create the repair disc from their computer.
Note: A System Repair Disc created from Windows 7 can format a C drive that has any Windows operating system on it, including Windows XP or Windows Vista.
3. Format C From Recovery Console
If you have a Windows XP Setup CD, you can format C from the Recovery Console.
The biggest caveat here is that you must also have Windows XP installed on your C drive. However, if you don't have access to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, this option may be your best to format C.
This Recovery Console method to format C also applies to Windows 2000. Recovery Console does not exist in Windows Vista or later, nor does it exist in Windows ME, Windows 98, or earlier.

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Hiii...myself is harish from india...i bought a laptop from U.S...lenovo Ideapad y450, with windows 7 operting system...unfortunately for my projrect work i need to install Windows Xp in that...so...


Your Recovery partition got corrupted after you installed XP. What you can do is to call their support number its 1 877 737 1082 to request a copy of recovery disc. it will cost you $39 plus the support to help load the OS / drivers/software for Lenovo.

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Not able to recover windows on toshiba l300


You need to get disk for Vista from anyone and then use your windows product key mentioned on the sticker on back of your Toshiba Laptop to install Vista again on your computer. But as you had already formatted it so all data is lost now.

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I need to format drive and perform Full system recovery using Gateway system recovery with windows xp recovery cd is there a download or ??????


1) You can download and make a bootable disc whit some usefull tools: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Partition Tools can help you (format partition).

2) Insert your recovery CD on your PC and follow the instruction to recovery system.

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Have a travel mate 2423wxci preinstalled windows xp home edition. Have formated the hard drive but can't find the recovery disk. How do I get one?


Hi,

Did you format the whole drive?

If you didn't fully format the drive then the Recovery Partition could still be intact.

Start the laptop up and at the splash screen keep tapping F10 or ALT+F10 and if the Recovery Partition is intact the laptop will start the recovery process, if you get a message say BOOT EXECUTE/NO then the partition is not there.

You have 2 options now:
  1. Call Acer and get a set of recovery disc's, will cost approx between £20-60 for a set of discs.
  2. Buy a copy of XP home edition and then download all the drivers for your hardware.
Thanks

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Hard drive compressed/bootmgr compressed


U DONT NEED A RECOVERY DISC TO FORMAT YOUR HDD ALL U NEED IS THE WINDOWS DISC U WILL USE TO LOAD WINDOWS THAN START YOUR COMPUTER UP BUT WITH YOUR CD ROM TO BOOT UP FIRST U WILL THAN HAVE TO VERIFY IF U WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR SYSTEM WILL CHECK IF WINDOWS WAS INSTALLED BEFORE AND ASK U DO U WANT TO FORMAT AND YOU WILL SPECIFY YES DELETING ANY OTHER PATITIONS

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Toshiba 5000 laptop


From the above it appears as if you attempted to reinstall the operating system using the recovery discs. Given this you should attemtp this again and make sure that you re-format your harddrive before installing the Operating System again. If you are installing xp again the following link will walk you through the steps.
Basically boot from the cd and re-install windows making sure to delete the existing partition step 5 is critical.

http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/geek-to-live-how-to-format-your-hard-drive-and-install-windows-xp-from-scratch-157578.php

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I'd like to format my dimension 9200 desktop and want to know If there is an installed utility to do this? All I found was the driver reset tool.


In order to format a computer you need a operating system disc, like Windows XP, Vista, Linux, etc. Pop the disc in, restart, and boot from the disc. Enless you have a recovery partition then you just hit the key when the bios comes up, or the boot loader for recovery.

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if you originally had Vista on then the bios is updated from the older XP bios and wont see the drive, check here for bios downloads, or put Vista back on.

If you have a full XP disc you will need to do a full format and installation, do not use somebody elses restore disc as it's not the complete windows that you will need.

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After you Re-install the OS you can load your drivers after downloading it from this link plz double check see if its the right model i got for you,hope you get tru good luck
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