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Is a system restore disc the same as reinstall disc?

Q: Is a system restore disc the same as reinstall disc?

Okay, so i want to reformat the harddrive and reinstall windows xp. I have gone through all the stuff and found a cd which it tells me i can use for a system restore. Does this do the same, because frankly i cant even remember if i even got a installation cd along with the computer. I think i read somewhere that the restore process leaves some folders like my documents intact and only repairs the OS.

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Preferred Solution: Is a system restore disc the same as reinstall disc?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Is a system restore disc the same as reinstall disc?

Well...if whatever disk you have...was not made for your system...your questions seems to be moot.

System manufacturers make disks for their specific systems and there is no uniformity that I can discern regarding the use of such...other than that provided by the manufacturer providing the disk. Instructions for using said disks are usually available in the owner's manual or at the manufacturer's website.

System manufacturer and model?

What writing appears on the face of the CD?

Louis

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Hello world!

I just got a new laptop with Win7 64 bit home premium and that's all good that this
OS came installed on there and I'm using it, but for my teaching activities I'll need
to get into some Linux OS in a multiboot configuration. So I will want to eventually
need to be able to fix this when the HD fails, well because we know that ALL HDs
will eventually fail, right? So this is a 'remanufactured' ASUS K55A, and the one piece
of paper that came with it says the HD has been reformatted and there is no recovery
partition so I should promptly make up a recovery DVD set, which I did (4 DVDs).

So I used the disk management to shrink the C: down to it's minimum, like 150Gb, due
to what it said was some files that could not be moved. That's probably OK. Then I
deleted the D: and made a new D: of about 350Gb which leaves the unassigned space
all looking to be contiguous (like 188Gb). In looking on there, I see the UEFI partition
of 200Mb, which is cool, and then there are these two mysterious partitions: a 25Gb
recovery partition with no listing of it's filesystem nor any drive letter, hanging out in
the never never land and not in the early (leftmost) part of the disc, and there is this
protected Q: drive that apparently has MS office on it 'in case' I want to buy it. There
is the 'reduced with ads' MS office already working and that is all I would ever want.

1) In reading up I see there is a lot of headache going around with Win 8 and UEFI but
I believe that UEFI is a goo... Read more

A:Questions: UEFI, restore partition, Q:, install disc, recovery disc

Hi PJ,

You covered several areas, so I'll start with some suggestions:

1. Since you already burnt (and checked?) the recovery DVD's, that recovery partition is no longer required, so you can remove it. Everything you need to restore the computer back to its factory state will be contained on those 4 x DVD's - store them safely.

2. For the Linux distro's, given that this is a UEFI boot, I would run them in a virtual machine using either free VirtualBox or free VMWarePlayer (my personal preference is for the latter).
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

3. If you never plan on using Office, uninstall it, then remove the Q: partition.

You should also consider a clean OEM install at some point - it gets rid of all the bloatware that the OEM's come with:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Lastly, keep this handy if you choose to clean install under UEFI:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Regards,
Golden

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Hello. I want to reinstall Windows 98SE on my Gateway Select 700 and I've somehow LOST my Gateway restore CD. Gateway told me that I'd need to download all the drivers from their website. Trouble is, I'm a newbie to all of this, and the driver list for the MB and BIOS look so similar that I have NO CLUE what to download. The last thing I want to do is assume I have the correct drivers, reinstall windows, then find that the drivers don't work!! I have the drivers for my sound card, vid card, ethernet card, mouse, and modem. What else is left? I could care less about the software that Gateway shipped either. I don't want it. I have all the disc's to all the software I need. PLUS, I'm gonna back my system up w/ my RW drive. I'm VERY VERY nervous about doing all this, and I need advice and help BAD. My CPU is an Athlon 700. I'm not sure what kind of motherboard I have. Can someone please give me the "bottom line" on how this has to work?? Thanks a million!!!!

Jason
 

A:Windows Reinstall Question. Lost Restore disc!!!

Sounds to me like you have everything you need. The motherboard and bios doesn't need drivers anymore and if so you could obtain them off of the internet just by going to the motherboard manufacturers website. Just format the HD and reinstall a new operating system to it.
 

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Can someone provide some detail about the differences in
content between Win7 system repair disc, system restore point and system image?
And perhaps I should add Dell ISO recovery image to the list.  I don't know (yet) if that is different from the Win7 system image option, or if the latter invokes the Dell ISO recovery image program instead.  If it matters, I have a Dell Precision
5510 laptop.
At the very least, is each option a superset of the other, perhaps in the order that I specify above?
Ideally, what are the folder names that each contains, if indeed their content can be described by complete folders?
I am trying to determine which of those options I need to create in order to have
complete recovery capability.
I have read the following support.microsoft.com articles:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17423/windows-7-create-system-repair-disc
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17101/windows-7-system-recovery-options
Those descriptions are indequate for my purposes, in part because of differences in terminology.
For example, the System Recovery Disc option "can help you repair Windows", whereas the System Restore (Point) option "restores your computer's
system files".
In that context, are "Windows" and "system files" synonyms content-wise; or is one a superset of the other; or do they have some non-overlapping content?
I suspect that the System Recovery Disc contains only "Windows"... Read more

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Hello,

I want to completely wipe my HDD (format it externally with an IDE enclosure) and restore Vista Home premium with my manufacturer's restore DVD. Will this work or do I actually need an official vista installation disc?

Thanks.

A:Is there a difference between install disc and restore disc?

You manufacturer's restore disc will revert your computer back to the way it was when you bought it. I.E the way it was when you pulled it out of the box. This includes any preloaded software or what have you.

The Vista disc will allow you to reinstall WindowsVista ALONE! with no accessories or anthing else.

Hope that helps :)

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I have a Dell Inspiron 580 I may have to uninstall and reinstall windows 7 x64 on my computer. A windows 7 disc did not come with the computer, it came with promises that there was another way. I have a repair disc I made near the time I got my computer. I have a vague memory of something going wrong with the process of making said disc but it was so long ago I'm no longer sure if that's true or if it is what the problem was. Am I right that a back up disc or a restore disc or a repair disc does not reinstall windows 7? If I made a backup disc through the control panel thing will I end up backing up the thing that's causing me a problem? Is there a way I can get a Windows 7 x64 installation disc without going out and buying it? please and thank you

A:Backup disc VS restore VS installation disc.

See this tutorial...
Clean Install Windows 7
...it has a link to download W7 DVD in step 1.

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Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.I created a System Repair Disc using Backup & Restore in control panel but I'm unsure whether this is what I need to do a complete reinstall?I wanted to follow this guide to do a complete reformat, not a recovery.If I don't have everything I need, could someone tell me how to obtain them?

A:can I reinstall windows 7 with just the system repair disc?

Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.Hi zeroality -First, is this due to bad infections or major corruptions on your computer - Fix these prior to making your own recovery DVDs -You will only be copying these problems if you make recovery DVDs from a bad operating system.I had problems with wanting to do a full recovery (to factory settings), but I had a preinstalled version of Win7 Home Premium.The laptop was a Toshiba, so I just called them and they sent 3 clean Recovery DVDs (total cost about $60 home delivered).These are the ones you create if you follow the directions given in your link.As I had not created the Recovery DVDs earlier, or backed up anything, I then had a "factory setting" with nothing backed up (saved) at all.Follow the tutorial as long as your computer is infection free, and has no major corruptions to begin with.Thank You -

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I have found a plethora of advice on how to do it. They all say to insert a blank DVD, but nowhere can I find anything about size of disc or how to determine size in individual cases. Also, specific recommendations for disc (I have never burned a disc)?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I plan to use an exterior HD for system image.
 

A:Solved: Create system repair disc. Disc size?

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I have a toshiba laptop A105 sieries. I got a real nasty worm and could not get rid of it.
I then stuck in the restore disc and did a complete erase of my harddrive. I am now trying to install the operating system off of the restore disc and I am not able to. Can someone please help me. I have went into the bios and set it to boot from dvd rom but then all it does is say recovering. 32 min later when it is done I try to boot from hard drive it ask me if I want to start windows normally. I select it and then nothing happens. I go back to bios and it says bood from hard drive but no go. If I go back into bios and have it boot from the recover disc it's the same thing all over. I don't know what I am doing and am a little confused no, really confused. Thanking you in advance for any help any one could give me.
 

A:Solved: restore operating system using restore disc

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I am trying to completely wipe my computer clean by using the windows 7 disc. Problem is i cant get the disc to boot on star up.

A:System restore, I cant restore my computer with a windows 7 disc

Where did you get "the windows 7 disc" ?
Maybe it is a bad disc ?
Is your BIOS setup to boot from the optical disc as the first device ?

This tutorial has everything needed to reinstall Windows including where to get the latest Windows installation ISO and how to burn it to DVD.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
You do need a valid genuine readable COA key for your licensed version.

Is this an OEM PC such as HP, Dell, Gateway, Lenovo, ... , or a custom/home built ?
Did your PC come with Ultimate pre-installed ?

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I turned on my pc earlier today once it booted it was froze on a blue screen 1st instinct was so reset and reboot. once I did that I got the windows was shut down incorrectly would I like to run in safe mode or normal I selected safe mode and now the system just kept looping back to this same page after rebooting, regardless which option I selected. At this point I deceided to get the restore cd and try to restore (since this pc is only 2 weeks old I don't care to lose data to start clean from scratch). When I try to boot from cd I get the blue screen error again. it seemd like every time I try It again I get a differend blue screen error. So far I have got.

Page fault in nonpaged area
pciidex.sys
memory managment

I also wanted to add that I purchased the pc and did some upgrades I aded a radeon 5450 hd video card and a asus bluray player. once this started hapening and it worked fine for 2 weeks I removed both of the upgrades and returned machine back to stock to see if it was any of that hardware that was causing the issue but that didn't help either.

Is there anyway to just wipe this thing and start over from scratch ?

A:System will not restore from disc, help.

I kept cracking at it and finaly I was able to get things up and runing again. What I did was removed 1 of the RAM sticks, booted up and windows automatically started correcting a bunch of errors and then re booted automatically. Once it was completely booted everything was fine. I then shut it down, installed the same ram stick I had removed, rebooted and everything worked perfect. As a precauetion I am still going to re install windows. Hope this helps anyone with this issue

::cheers::

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Hi Everyone!

I have a Dell D420 that had XP on it with no OEM sticker on it. I saw a website that sells restore discs for this model but I dont want to get it if I will need the prodcut key number that was on the computer. I know this computer had one, you can see where it was. I was using Ubuntu on this computer but it seemed to run really hot, then my battery was hosed.I dont know if it was from that OS or not, but didnt want to risk it. I am using Windows 7 trial thing that expires in January.

Thanks for your help!
 

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After MUCH searching, I've yet to find info on this issue. Many similar, but nothing specific. Please bare with me if this is a known/solved issue.

Okay, old C drive was failing, so I decided on a new OS copy and new HDD. Bought an OEM Win 7 Home Premium 64, and installed.

Little did I know, but I should have had only one HDD hooked up!!! When I installed Win 7, I had 2 HDD's installed, and as a result, Windows installed the main files on my C drive as desired, but put the boot (MBR?) on my other HDD, F drive. Now I have 2 physical HDD's that are listed as Windows drives. So when I went to do a system image backup, all that came up was my DVD burner as a save location. My secondary HDD (F drive) was not shown. Now I know why!

Currently...

Disc 0 - (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary)
Disc 1 - (System, Active, Primary) Also shows this as having unallocated space of 9MB.

I want ALL of Windows on my main C drive.

How can I fix this without having to re-install all programs etc on my C drive?

Can I do a repair of some type?

Could I install a 3rd internal/external HDD and use that to do a system image backup, then shut down, disconnect F drive, then do a system restore/repair using the OEM installation disc?

Any ideas/fixes?

A:Win 7 installed boot on Disc 1 and system on Disc 0 separate HDD's

Yeah, by having that other drive connected, you now have your boot files on the old drive and the rest of Windows on the new drive.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Normally, you'd want C to be disc 0, but that isn't critical.

You can fix this by using EasyBCD to copy your boot files from the old drive to the new. I think there is a tutorial on this site on how to do that.

Edit: here's the tutorial;

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

Probably can also fix it by disconnecting the old drive and then running startup repair multiple times, using your Windows installation disc.

Post the screen shot to confirm what's going on.

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Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA(C) is now the boot disc. I do not have a windows recovery or boot disc. ... Read more

A:Disc parition issue, want System and Boot to be same disc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Garrett7


Hey guys, I am having somewhat of an issue with my disc partitions after backing-up data and reinstalling windows 7-64bit.

I have included a picture to help explain.

Here's the issue, my main PC had a virus I was unable to resolve. I took it to an "expert" to see what he could do. He backed-up my data and re-installed windows 7. The problem is that I had a disc partition set up with my OS and program files on a C: partition, and a partition, D:, labeled DATA, for all of my data etc..

I'm not sure exactly what he did but it looks like he reinstalled windows to the DATA drive instead of the OS C: drive. Now making the DATA drive, effectively the C drive (and Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive). It looks like after restoring the backed-up data the original install of windows was also restored to the Old C: drive (now named D), this partition is also the System and active Partition.
See picture:

So does this mean that windows is booting from the DATA (C) drive now but running the original install of windows 7-64bit from the OS(D) drive (old C)?

I have been reading over a lot of forum posts and I'm not really sure what to do here. I understand I can only extend a drive to unallocated space that is shown to the right in the disc manager. I have thought about backing everything up on DATA(C) and extending OS(D) into it, but I am concerned that I will not be able to boot since DATA... Read more

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I have a problem trying to set up raid 1. I have a new PC with W7 Pro 64 bit installed and have migrated everything off the old failing desktop. Everything works well and W7 has no problem booting. I can take W7 image dumps as well. Somewhere in the process of setting up RAID I have done something that does not allow me to complete the process. I decided to use the Install Disk and do a startup repair to clear things, but for some reason neither the Install Disc or the W7 System Repair disc find a system to repair yet my system boots properly.
I've read that I can image dump the whole thing, enter BIOS and setup Raid 1 properly and then restore the image. The proper drivers for RAID were loaded. Can someone tell me if this process would work? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Neither W7 install disc or W7 repair disc find my new system

Win7 doesn't much like dated RAID technology, and doesn't need it with built-in drive imaging.

If you wanted to RAID your new PC you'd have reimage or reinstall anyway.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Macrium - Image your system

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Hi peeps,

I am sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, I had a look through the other threads before posting this, but the ones that looked similar werent on closer inspection.

Basically, I am trying to reinstall my operating system of the top of my current install, thereby saving my files.

I have done this before booting from disc, but this time my XP disc is not working properly.

I have tried at least 20 times I kid you not, but if it doesnt blue screen at all random times whilst it loads the components of the disc, it ALWAYS blue screens at the loading windows stage.

I am wondering, how else I can reinstall XP, without having to buy a new disc, is there someway I can do this?

Cheers,

Jay
 

A:XP 32-Bit System - Attempting to Reinstall booting from disc, keeps blue screening.

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Is it possible to create a system restore disc, like the ones provided with new pc's?
I have just used the restore disc for my brothers pc after many problems with corrupt system files that I couldn't repair. We have everything running ok at the moment and are about to install a new dvd writer.
I intend to set a system restore point, but if the problem we have just recovered from should resurface, where I could not access windows I would like to be able to use the system restore disc in the future.
Assuming that changing hardware would render the manufacturers restore disc useless, how can I create a disc that will be as straightforward to use as the original?
Thanks
 

A:Create system restore disc???

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I had a virus slip past my AV program (Spyaxe) and I'm tired of trying to rid myself of it. I do a hard drive reformat about once a year anyway, so now is as good a time as any. My question - I can use XP's F10 to do a format, or I can use my 6 CD recovery discs.

Which do you think would be the best? My goal is to get back to the "out of the box" condition once again. Either way will do it for me, but I'd like opinions.

Thanks,
MIchael
 

A:system restore for format or disc

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My computer got some virus and when I start up my computer I'm stuck at a black screen with a flashing underscore __. I didn't have a Windows 7 disc so (with another computer) I downloaded one off the internet (from this link Windows 7 64-Bit (x64) Recovery Disc) and burned it to a CD and then put it in my infected computer.

I tried to do a System Restore using the disc and the first time I did it, it said it worked fine and asked me to restart, so I did. I wasn't sure if I had to remove the disc before restarting so left it in, and when the computer restarted, it took me through the system recovery thing all over again. So I tried to take out the disc and restart the computer to see if I could run the computer normally, but I was stuck at the black screen again. After that I tried to do the System Restore a couple more times (and I'm not sure if I was supposed to do that) but every time I did it after that, it tells me it didn't do it successfully.

Could doing System Restore several times have screwed up my computer? Should I change something in my Bios menu to set which drive I should run from? (If I run from anywhere besides the CD, it brings me back to the black screen, even after System Restore.) Will typing something in the command prompt help?

A:System Restore with Windows 7 Disc

Bump?

If anyone has even the slightest idea of what I can do, leave some feedback please!

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I was trying to change my laptop from BIOS to EFI and part of the preparation included creating a system restore disc. I used the tool in the control panel to create the disc and when the tool finished, it reported a successful outcome. I got to the point where I needed to use the restore disc and when I started it up to run it, it said something like 'the rescue disc is not compatible with the OS'. I don't have any idea how that could be. Can someone explain what happened?

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I apologise in advance if my question seems frivilous.

I want to make a system restore disc. I'm running XP Home. The only option it gives me is to insert and format a floppy disc. I chose not to have a floppy drive when I bought it. Can I get it to accept a cd-r or even dvd-r?

Thanks for reading this.
 

A:Solved: System Restore Disc

I did not see anything in the Dimension 3100 Owner's Manual about being able to make recovery discs. I believe that the 3100 ships with a built in factory default recovery program on the hard drive and you have the option of purchasing recovery discs if you purchased the computer directly from Dell.
 

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I think I may have found an answer to my boot problem. After reading the tutorial on system image restore I saw this statement.

"You can fool it into thinking that simply by marking the 7 partition as active.

May be as well to make it a "secondary" system partition , by copying across the relevant files - in case you forget to hand the active flag back"

How would I be able to make my "C" WIN7 drive my system drive instead of my "D" Vista drive. Right now my "D" Vista is my system drive.
Or, can I have two system drives at the same time? Remember these are on TWO SEPERATE hard drives.

A:How to make a hard disc a system disc

First make sure you are set to see hidden and protected files in Windows Explorer.

Copy bootmgr file from D: to C:
Copy boot folder from D: to C: and tell it to skip over copying bcd and bcd.log when it prompts.

Run this command from an elevated command prompt. You may copy and paste into it. Hit enter.

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

Reboot into bios and change the primary boot device to be your C: drive.

Boot to Windows and make sure C: is now the system drive. If so, you may delete the boot folder and bootmgr file on D:

If you want two "system drives" so in case one fails you'll be able to boot from the other, don't delete anything and use bios to change drives in this instance.

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Last night I had 16 gigabytes free on my computer.I did System Restore because something minor wasn't working right. After the system restore was done, it had 13 gigabytes free. So I did system restore again, undoing that last restoration, and it came up with 9 gigabytes. That's half my free space gone! I did system restore one more time to try to go all the way back to last month, and now it has 6 gigabytes left! Two thirds of my free space is gone........ Any idea what's going on? Thanks in advance

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Hello!

I've downloaded Win7 Embedded and burned it onto a DVD.
Win7 Embedded is installed on one of my computers, and I've created a
System Restore Image.

Problem is;
When I try to install the System Image, It say's I need a Windows Restore Disc.
I have one for Win 7 Pro, but when I try to make one for Embedded it says I don't have
the correct files on the computer or something.

Best Regards!

A:Windows 7 Embedded System Restore Disc

Make your life easy and use free Macrium for imaging. It is far superior to Windows imaging.

Imaging with free Macrium

And for the recovery disc, download the .iso from my Skydrive and burn it to CD. That saves you a lot of time because if you make it from within Macrium, you have a 2 hour download.

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Hey guys?

I'm not sure how to look this up, what the words I need to use. My computer doesn't have a ton of memory available, and there isn't a reason for this, except I'm wondering if the stuff it stores for system restore... I have started a few accoutns trying Itunes with them, but deleted the accounts when Itunes didn't load the stuf in correctly. And if it saved all of those, then it is a lot of data, with all those Itunes songs.

The only way I see to change it is to chang ethe disc space used for it. But I think I remember seeing once a way to have it only save it for a certain time period?

I can't remmeber.
 

A:settings for system restore? disc space

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Apologies if this question has already been answered elsewhere but google didn't help!

Had to force shut down while Samsung Kies was installing mobile phone drivers on my laptop. Now on startup I am told there is a disc error and system drive should be scanned. When it tries to scan it fails, suggests I do a system restore and windows boots as normal.

I have attempted system restore to before I installed Kies, but as there is a disc error it won't let me restore, and insists I schedule a disc check on startup as the C:/ currently in use. When computer restarts the disc check fails as usual.

Computer still running well but every time I boot I get the same system error and attempt at disc check. Annoying and slows boot up. I have deleted Kies (I wanted to install it to update someone elses phone!) but still obviously have disc error. Any ideas as to how to perform system restore without disc check, or do I just need to reinstall windows? This is annoying as no system disc!

Thanks,
Andy

Acer AS3810TG running Windows 7 Home Premium
 

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I recently had to return my HP Pavilion g7 Windows 8 64- bit only laptop to the manufacturer for repair under warranty. Prior to this I created a system image as the Hard Disc was going to be replaced. Having now received the repaired laptop
I have been trying to restore the saved image. I watched the microsoft video on the subject and followed the instructions implicitly. However having arrived at the point where I clicked NEXT to accept the <Use latest image> option screen and then landed on the screen entitled <RE IMAGE YOUR COMPUTER....... CHOOSE ADDITIONAL RESTORE OPTIONS> the message I then received was:

<To restore this computer Windows needs to format the drive that the Windows Recovery environment is currently running on. To continue with the restore shut down this computer and boost it from a Windows installation disc or a system repair disc and then try the restore again. If you don't have a system repair disc you can create one now.>

Well I did have one which I had prepared at the same time as I created the image system but the laptop wouldn't boot from it.................. so I went through the entire procedure again and then pressed the CREATE DISC tab. The next instruction was:

<Select a CD/DVD drive and insert a blank disc into the Drive> Ok, I did that ! Then I pressed the CREATE DISC tab.............only to get the message <System repair disc could not be created. The system cannot find file specified ( 0x80070002)>... Read more

A:System image restore & system repair disc problems

Hi, I just did a system image restore the other day, and I didn't have to use a recovery disc or go through any of those steps you mentioned.
After it scans your system for other images I presume it see's the one you made on the other external hdd. If so make sure to tick select a system image when you get to the "use the latest image available (recommended)" screen prompt. From there it should be pretty straight forward to recovery. If you see reformat/repartition drives is greyed out on the next screen prompt just ignore it and just click next.

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I havv Vista on Compaq Presario 500 laptop. Every now and again I have to free up space on my internal hard drive. I use the following routine which I got from one of yourselves a long time ago:
Rt click on main drive and select properties
Click on theDisc Clean button
Click on Files from all users on this computer
Click the More Options tab
At bottom, and under "System restore and shadow copies", click on 'Clean up' button.
Click OK
Click Delete
Click Delete Files
Restart.

I have one problem with this: it rmoves ALL system restore points, and that makes me feel rather exposed.
Is there any way this routine can be modified so that the most recent two, or even one, system restore points could be left untouched? Allan.
 

A:retaining last two system restore points when disc cleaning

You can immediately set a new restore point.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...tore-point-for-windows-vistas-system-restore/

And as a backup to system restore.
Registry Backup program.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/registry-backup/
 

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Hello and thanks in advance for your help. I have a toshiba satellite l35 laptop running on windows xp. i had a nasty virus and a friend recommeded using the system recovery discs that came with the computer to set it back to factory settings. I started it up, first disc OK, second disc in and my husband didn't know what I was doing and cancelled the process. now when we boot up the computer tells us ntldr is missing, press ctrl alt delete to restart. i changed the bios to boot from cd and put first disc 1 in, then disc 2, and neither one will run. are there any options?

A:Cancelled System Restore Disc - NTLDR is missing

Hello, Iblanche, It sounds as if you're missing your opportunity to "press any key" when the option to boot from CD is given during the black and white "pre-Windows" screen. You'll have to watch for it - there'll be a blinking cursor next to the option. If you don't input, it'll try to boot from the hard drive and that's where the missing ntldr message comes in (which has nothing to do with your CD drive functioning or not).

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I created a system image on an external usb hdd of Windows 8.1

I installed 8 though and upgraded to 8.1 soon after. I made the system image before and after, but I only kept the 8.1 system image.

My internal hdd failed and I just got a new one and was trying to flash the image, but it's not being detected.

I'm going to have to clean install 8, upgrade to 8.1 and then create one of those usb flash drives so I can finally flash the image I made back when, aren't I?

A:[SOLVED] Can't restore a Win 8.1 system image with Win 8 installation disc?

How did you create the image? Whatever software you used to create the image, you would need to boot from a Boot CD created with the software program and choose Restore Image from the program

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I want to have a Factory Reset of my computer. In order to launch a System Recovery, I need to create Restore Discs. When I launch the Recovery Disc Creation, it says:

"This computer does not have a burning drive, which is required to make DVDs. Please contact HP Support for asistance."

My computer did not come with a build in CD Drive. Even plugging in a USB CD Drive will not make creating the discs possible. So. I ask you. How can I reset my computer to Factory Condition?

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Computer Specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

Model: HP Pavillion dm3 Notebook PC

edit: This notebook came with a Recovery Partition built in. Maybe it can help?

A:Cannot Create A System Restore Disc(s) (Cannot do a System Recovery)

At HP logo press F11.
It should give you an access to recovery partition.

I'd also call HP to obtain recovery DVDs.

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I have been reading all over the Internet and checking all links but cannot fix my problem. I have Norton Ghost 2003 installed on 1 computer running XP and I want to make a restore CD for another PC running 98se. I pulled the hard drive from the 98 and installed in XP as a slave. I used Norton Ghost 2003 to make a backup of the hard drive writing to a cdr. It will fit on 1 CD. Everything goes well but when I check the restore cd in the 98 computer ghost begins to run but when I click on image file to restore I get "Disk not created with Norton Ghost". I have tried many ways including backing up to a file and then using nero and a ghost boot floppy to make a bootable CD, all with the same result. "Disc not created with Norton Ghost" error again. 10 cds down the drain. Going out to buy 700mb cd-rw to keep trying. What am I doing wrong? I even tried the assigning drive letters but that doesn't work either. Thanks for any help
 

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.
After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.
Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?

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Working on a spiffy e-machine with Windows Vista Home Basic that runs pretty well.

After reading multiple posts where the advice usually begins with suggesting a 'boot disc' or a 'recovery disc', I guess what I'm looking to find out is:
1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?
2) How do I go about making one on this machine (or if I even can)? << I did read through Grinler's tutorials regarding System Restore points and all that seems to in good order. But I guess I'm not sure on the relationship between that and my post (or if there even is one).
3) a best practice regarding these type of discs
I don't have any pressing issues at this time, but I also don't want to wait until I do.

Everything I've learned here at BC has been so great & helpful, I would like to stay on that path, so any links/apps/ideas/suggestions and/or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Winterland

A:Boot Disc, Recovery Disc, Frisbee Disc

1) what is the difference between a boot disc and a recovery disc?Boot disk vs recovery disk. Let me see if I can phrase that in a way that makes some sense.A recovery disc is a generic term for the disk or media containing a backup of the original factory condition or a specified condition of a computer as configured by the original equipment manufacturer or an end-user. OEM supplied recovery media is sometimes shipped with some computers to allow the user to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system and pre-loaded software as it was when it was shipped. This is not as common a practice today as it was in the past. I won't confuse the issue, but google recovery partition for more information.A boot disk is a removable data storage medium, i.e. DVD or flash drive from which a computer can load and run 'boot' an operating system or utility program. The computer must have an installed program or application which will load and execute a program or application from the boot disk. This will enable you to boot an otherwise unusable machine to be able to troubleshoot the OS or non-working application as necessary.Hope that gives you a better idea of the difference.As to how to create a boot disk? I will let more knowledgeable staff or members assist you.

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Hi eveoryone,
yesterday I have try to install OpenSUSE linux as a second OS for my PC. I have maybe done something wrong, so I have had to recreate the BCD (on primary OS Win 8.1 Pro) using EasyBCD app from second instalation of Widnows. Than I have made
4 disc backups (2 per backup app). Then I have finally installed the linux, but I have not installed its bootloader because there was some error and I thought that Windows loader can correct it for me. That was bad idea. The Win 8.1 OS starts to crashes
during loading even if I repeated the step with recreation its BCD via EasyBCD. So I have restored the backup and for some reason I have to start OS first under native IDE mode instead of AHCI (Win 8.1 is runnig on SSD drive).

Now I have found that original restoration points for Win 8.1 was not matched with the drive. I see in the system security tab original drive with correct name and drive letter with directory icon and normally the ?actual? drive with normal icon.
I have issued many time bootrect, bcdboot and bootsect on drive before first BCD recreation via app has been done, but the most significant command options has been always unsuccessful (that is the reason for using EasyBCD). I am almost sure that
than I have made one restore point of drive with no problems noticed. So this is probably issue of restoration from disc backup.
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A:After system restoration from disc backup and some activities with bootloader restore poinst are not matched with drive

Hi,
?I see in the system security tab original drive with correct name and drive letter with directory icon and normally the ?actual? drive with normal icon.?
To be better understanding your issues, we need more details on this, what do you mean by ?don?t match the drive??

Do you mean after disk image back up restoration, the old restore points are in the wrong drive? And please keep reading.
 
I guess you also cannot see these restore points, because I did same thing on my test machine. These restore points are useless after system image restoration or clone. Because Windows Restore Points are maps of changed sectors on the
disk, and they refer to the sectors by absolute location on the disk. If you clone a disk the files are not necessarily restored to the exact same sector locations on the cloned disk as they were on the source disk. When Windows boots, it detects this and
deletes the restore points since they now are invalid. You will find an error entry in the Windows System log saying something like "The shadow copies of volume C: were aborted upon detection" when this happens.

As far as I know, the only way that you can preserve the restore points and shadow copies is to create an image of the disk in sector-by-sector mode and then restore that image to the target disk in sector-by-sector mode, which forces
the sectors to end up in the same absolute locations on the target disk.
Regards,
D. WuPlease remember to mark the re... Read more

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I am hoping to completely wipe my system, so that it runs faster and has less clutter. Frankly, I enjoy the process and love the peace of mind that comes with having a completely new and clean system. My system is a DIY (built by myself). I have a key for Windows 7 Enterprise (that I validate through my university). I do not have a Windows ENterprise CD.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to achieve my goals here?
Can I make my own reinstintall CD from my current system? I think probably not.
Is there any way I can buy a Windows 7 enterprise disc (without a key)? Any place online. Ebay was sellling one a few weeks back but now it's gone.
Thanks very much for the input. I might need to spend $90 on a Windows 7 Home edition (I dont care which version of windows I get).

A:Want to reinstall Windows (or "wipe" my system) no disc, have key

You can download the iso file from here, but I don`t think you can activate it.

Try Windows 7 Enterprise | TechNet Evaluation Center

Why can`t the University help you ?

Enterprise is designed to be used in a work computer provided by an employer.

Found this:

http://getintopc.com/softwares/opera...32-bit-64-bit/

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Hi, I have a hp pavilion P7-1226s model QW753AA#ABA  which I got second hand.  The hard drive was bad so I replaced it. Could not make recovery discs  Can I need to purchase a reinstall disc? (Windows 7)  which one? and will I be able to use the windows key listed on the computer?If someone could let me what I need I would really appreciate it  Don't want to spend $ on the wrong software

A:Reinstall disc

@stillnervous http://support.hp.com/us-en/mediaorder/hp-pavilion-p7-1200-desktop-pc-series/5187022/model/5192622/s... REO

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Hello there, I have an HP Pavilion G6 2323DX that has a Windows 8 Sticker on it. Not sure if it is 32-bit or 64-bit, as I'm not familiar with what the difference is. The laptop doesn't have an operating system on it, so when it starts up it says "no bootable device."  I unfortunately do not have the disc for the Operating system, so was wondering how I can get Windows back on the laptop, but was told that I have the Product Key in the System BIOS. Not sure if the COA is attached since I'm not really seeing the glossy type of sticker on the bottom of my laptop. I was told that I will need to also install the appropriate drivers. Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely, Confused laptop novice.

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I'm revitalizing an old computer, and I would like to reinstall XP. However, the installation CD I have is SP1, which is no longer supported. If I reinstall from that disc, will I be able to:

--activate Windows?
--validate it as genuine?
--and upgrade to SP2/3?

Microsoft.com has precious little information on the subject, so I'm hoping someone else has tried this recently and I can benefit from their experience, one way or the other.

Thanks.
 

A:Reinstall XP with SP1 disc

You should make an SP3 CD so you don't have the wasted disk space and problems of installing it later.
 

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Hi girls n guys
please help me
problem is with a samsung net/notebook
when powered on it wont load up windows / it looks like it freezes after the "windows bar comes up for a minimum of 4 secs" then goes no further ?
tryd to use the wind recovery disc to "repair pc" it loads up windows files then i get a please wait screen and goes no further ?
so i tryed to re-install widows from disc, can get through the install procedure up untill i click install now then get to Setup is starting and wont go any further ? just the cursor icon circle goes round and round and just nothing
any advice on what the problem is ?
im stummped
thanks in advance
Barry

A:Win7 starter disc wont wont restore system

Couple links for you full of info
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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My Lenovo Ideapad 500 CD Disc Drive icon is missing. How do I reinstall missing icon?

A:How to reinstall cd disc icon

Are you talking about a shortcut on the desktop that points to your CD drive, or the icon for the CD shown under ThisPC?      If it is shown under ThisPC, just left-click and drag to the desktop and create a link.    If it is not shown under This PC, then you may have a hardware issue. Cheers,

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Hi,
I want to completely reinstall windows 8.1. I have no disc, and there is no backup to revert to. I've read that I can get the product key from the computer.
 
I've read many "how to's" on doing this, and they all bring me to screens that don't show up on the laptop. It seems like the tutorials are specific to win 8.0.
 
Help plz.

A:How to reinstall Win 8.1 with no disc or backup.

You have a USB-based Windows 8 install?  An ISO?  Factory restore partition?

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I want to install Windows 8 on my computer without dual booting windows 7. However, how would I reinstall windows 7? no windows disc was given when I bought the computer.

Which one do i create in order to reinstall windows 7 in the future? system image or system repair disc?

I already created a factory default disc and a drivers and apps disc using Acer's program. However, I do not know if I can actually reinstall windows 7 once I fully wipe the HDD and install windows 8.

A:How to reinstall windows 7 without the disc?

You can down an iso Windows 7 from THIS site. Download the exact same version that you have now - e.g. if you have Win 7 Home 64 bit then download that version. You will have to create an iso DVD from the downloaded file. If you don't have a CD/DVD burning program that will create an iso dis, download the free (and popular) Imgburn which will create the iso DVD. You can use the Acer provided Windows 7 Product Key to install Win 7.
The Official ImgBurn Website

Even if you aren't planning to reinstall Win 7, download and create the Win 7 disc anyway - you never know.

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I purchased my laptop new online so it came with Windows (XP, sp2) already installed. That I recall, it did not come with a disc or any included software (maybe I'm wrong, or are they even supposed to?). Anyway, to make a long story short, I've been having some major problems with my computer as of late and I'd just love to wipe the whole darn thing clean and reinstall everything, but I'm not sure if that's even an option if I don't have a disc. What other options do I have? Is there a way to restore my system back to the way it was in, say, April?
 

A:Solved: Is It Possible To Reinstall Without A Disc?

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i bought a computer from someone, and the windows 7 ultimate has degraded so bad that i need to reinstall it, but no discs came with the machine. I downloaded an iso image of windows 7 ultimate 64 bit that will supposedly work with a key, which i found with "magic jellybean key finder". I put the iso image, about 3.3 Gigabytes, on a dvd disc. Now I want to back up as best as possible before trying a reinstall, and I am an amateur with most of this stuff. I've been investigating backup methods and software, including the windows 7 itself., but supposedly there is a better way with some freeware like maybe easeus, etc.

Can anyone help me out because this is starting to take way too much time and I need to get this done soon. It would be great if you could tell me if what I've done so far is correct and the best way to proceed with backup and reinstall. Thanks so much in advance.
 

A:reinstall windows 7 without disc

Where did you download the copy of windows 7 from? And the key is from where? Is it a legit COA sticker thats on the computer?If the computer didnt come with windows 7 you cant just download copies of windows 7 or any other operating system.You will have to purchase a copy of whatever version of windows 7 you want to have and it will have a COA sticker or product key to use so that it can be properly activated.
 

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When I got my computer a year or two ago, it came from dell with Windows XP Media Center Edition. it all seemed very helpful and time saving until now when I'm seriously considering reformatting (only after backing up important files of course) and I have no Windows Installation disc. see, although my computer came with an OS ready to go, they failed to send me any disc to boot from or reinstall or whatever.

are there actual files on the computer that I can use to reinstall, or am I out of luck?
 

A:reinstall windows without disc?

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