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How to recover my system, PLEASE HELP!!!

My E-Machine had Windows XP on it, it became slow, so i installed a OS called Linux, but now i want my Windows back, how can i do that for free??? i dont have a install CD cause my computer was a gift, so i have NO copy of my OS, what do you recommend?

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  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee May 11, 2010

    Do you have a recovery drive?

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    well..last time I checked, the MSoft boyz are NOT giving away any software I can recall..

    linux ain't so bad..maybe you'll grow to like it, eh?

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The machine should have the software key located on it from when the machine was purchased. This "key" is a paper tqg with 4 groups of 5 letter/number combinations. If you can get a copy of the software disc, you can re-install the OS using that key. The discs should be available for minimal cost. It is the key sequence that is important. The software will not install without that key. Please note that you will need to re-register that key with Microsoft once it is installed. This is required to prevent the use of the same key for multiple machines.
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Had dual boot with linux, lose my XP. I have the 5 cd recovery disk, but I can not install my XP back.


  • Hello charlieri_1, this happens often when installing 'new' OS, especially when creating a "Dual Boot." What you will have to do is a "Clean Install" starting from scratch; unfortunately! You will have to use the "Recovery Disk" to install Windows XP, first! Next, after you have restore the XP [OS]; then you will install the more "Updated" OS, [Linux] "This is just the Operating System way of order; oldest first, latest last, to properly install the OS. Hope this helps you, thanks paul7of9."

Dec 17, 2010 | Acer Aspire T135 PC Desktop

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Unable to start Windows


Before we start, always check there are no USB devices/drives attached, or any discs in the cd/dvd drive.
If there are, remove them and try to boot....
Still no windows?......Read on

Depending whether you have a recovery disc, or a full version of windows, you still may be able to repair your installation.
If you have a recovery disc, and you can use it, you will restore your computer to factory fresh state, you will loose all your files/programs. (If you wish to do this you may want to save your files, to do this follow the "LIVE" linux install option (bottom of page)
If you have a windows disc (the same copy as you have installed on your computer), try this....BASED ON WINDOWS XP, JUST GOOGLE WINDOWS REAPAIR INSTALLATION + VISTA OR WINDOWS 7 FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON THOSE OS'S
  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
    Windows XP to run on your computer:

    To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

    To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

    To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
  3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. If repair is available.....
  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact
IF the repair option is not available, and you continue to load windows, you will loose everything.

LIVE LINUX INSTALL (google "live linux distro")
IF you want to save files/documents before a recovery or clean windows install, you can download various " LIVE" Linux distrabutions.
You Burn these to a cd as a bootable ISO file ( imgburn is a free burning program that will enable you to make bootable ISO discs).
Some linux distrabutions have built in recovery tools/virus scanners.
Once you have recovered your important files, you can either carry on with the windows recovery, clean install.... OR...you may find that you like LInux, if so you can fully install the linux OS and if its not what you want, Install Windows back in.

After installation dont forget .......
1.Download and install your security programs (Anti-virus/Anti-malware)
2. download drivers from your manufacturers support page
3. turn automatic updates on

NOTE............When you are up and running, and want to transfer any saved files you may have recovered..SCAN THEM with your Anti-virus BEFORE you put them onto your nice clean PC.
All of this information is available freely on the internet, just google your relavent question.

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My laptop which is now 3 yrs old is CONSTANTLY rebooting. It acts as if it is going to fully load Windows XP, but then starts the reboot phase all over again. Is there anything I can do to stop this? I am...


Hi Good day!! try to run your windows in Safemode, to run in safemode, press f8 continuously while booting your pc. Option will appear after pressing f8 choose safemode. your pc will start in safemode. after that do some scanning and then reboot your pc see if your windows will start normally. if not work please relpy to me and i will assist you more thanks!!!
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Oct 28, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Dell dimension 5100 original partitions have been wiped .. Now need to reinstall xp . I can not. Selected boot device not available. can not do ctrl-f11 anymore of course btw just in case you were thinking...


If you are getting message the message "selected boot device not available" that is because you have do not have a bootable HDD (Hard Disk). Please do the following:

Insert the Windows XP Operating system Disk.
Restart the computer and start Tapping the F12 key, It will give you the boot options.
Select to boot from CD/DVD-Rom
When prompted press any key to boot from CD-Rom
Once the computer is booted from CD, follow the instructions to install the Operating system.
Note: You can also go to BIOS (by pressing F2 or Delete) and change the boot device to CD-ROM

Once you finish installing the Windows Operating system. You can go ahead with installation of your Linux Operating system. After you finish Installing Linux you will get the option in GRUB to select the Operating systems.

If you have already installed Linux and want to install the Windows, Follow the same procedure but it will directly boot Windows after you finish Installing Windows. You will have to write the GRUB again for your Linux system.

Please get back for any further assistance.

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Nov 14, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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NO OS OF HP COMPAQ


If your computer does not have an operating system then you will need to purchase one. You can still buy Windows XP but with Windows 7 coming out very soon it would be wiser to pick up a copy of Vista with a free upgrade coupon to Windows 7. Or you can run a linux o/s if you a famaliar with linux. Ubuntu I believe is a free linux o/s that you can download to a flashdrive and install to your pc. Hope these tips help.

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Problem installing OS in a newly assembled PC


Try installing first the windows xp.Make two apartments and install the Xp on the one.The other one format it,boot with the linux cd and try to install it to the empty apartment.Be sure that your system supports the linux kernel because some of the CPU brands don't support the linux OS;S.

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Printing from both Windows and OS 10.5


Try to lock the port either USB or LPT with that specific Virtual MAchine on permanent basis when using Windows in VM Ware

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I have installed the windows xp, after installing the os my system became very very slow


Deepak,  Possible reasons are:
  1. Free space on the drive on which xp is installed might be less. Try diskclean up and also diskfragmentation which is available in Start Menu -> Programs->Accessories-->System Tools.
  2. Services runing at the startup might be more, type msconfig in the Run prompt and go to services tab and uncheck the service which you know very well about it. Don't touch the sytem files / related services.
Let me know if this helps.

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I have a gateway lb3 500 ancient 98se i tried to load xp pro and it crashed i cant seem to even get a 98 startup disk to work to recover it . how can i recover it to load the xp pro onit


Try running linux on it. Linux will run much better on older hardware. Depending an the specs of the system, it may not be able to handle running windows. Try ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com). If it used to run Windows XP or 98 and it wont now, try checking the hard drive. It may be corrupt. You can find hard drive check tools all across the web, google for drive fitness test by hitachi, it works great. Burn to a disk and boot to it on the older machine and do a full advanced test on the drive.

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