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SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery

Q: SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery

Im looking for some advise. I work for a small company that runs SBS2008 as a server for user authentication and file shares and that is it.

I preformed a backup of the entire system to allow for a bare metal recovery in the case the server crash and burned. I was trying to test the recovery by restoring to a VirtualBox VM. Obviously the hardware is different, and after the restore, the VM continued to Blue Screen and reboot. So Im asking for advice on how I can test the backup, or ways to test recovery so I know if our server does die I can be back up in a short about of time.

Purchasing third party software is out of the question here. I know all about explaining to the powers that be, that the cost of being down for a length of time is far greater than the cost of a third party software to allow backup and recovery to different hardware. Still being approved to purchase software is denied.

So I am left with the tools at hand, The SBS2008 Disk, The Backup Made from inside SBS2008, and any free tools on the net. Can someone help me work through this so I can be sure I can recover my data? Putting files back where they were is easy enough for me, but Im talking about restoring all the users profiles, Active Directory, Group Policy, etc. If I cannot restore this to different hardware ( and this might be the case if the server hardware dies and wee need a new server) than I need to be able to reload all our settings. Help with this would be greatly appreciated. This is a new field for me and Im doing the best I can, but in the event of a system failure, Im afraid I am in the dark and I would rather not be.

Preferred Solution: SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery

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: SBS2008 Bare Metal Recovery


I would suggest have a spare set of identical replacement hard disk/ disks to hand & try the recovery to them.

That will at least prove the recovery system you have will work when needed. That is provided the recovery/ backup does not die with the system disk &/ or partition you are saving to! OK?

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Push-Button Reset Overview

This article talks about Refresh, Reset, and Bare-metal recovery... What exactly is this bare-metal recovery? How do I access it?

A:What is bare-metal recovery

Bare Metal means a clean hard drive, like it comes out of the box. The entire installation is redone, just as it is if you recover a System Image Backup.

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For a little while now, I have been working on scripting programs. I joined this forum with a question about a partition program I was working on. Then I added windows setup, added WIM Boot, and added windows features to it, all while using WinPE..

Then I started using WinRE instead of WinPE.. What I have figured out is that I can use WinRE to partition my hard drive,
install a clean version of windows, install system drivers and write a recovery image partition.. Within a short period of time..

I would like to share my project with all of you.. It works very much in line with Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media.. I just scripted a few programs to help create that media, with a little help from Microsoft TechNet and this forum..

Your Questions, Comments or Suggestions are Welcome..


A:Create Your Own Bare Metal Reset Recovery Media

Thanks for sharing. It may be a while before I look at it or do anything with it. I'll down load the files now though, before this thread disappears off of the page out of site.
I'm not an IT guy so it will be something to play around with in my spare time.

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I'm having problem with My Hp-15, system disabled 70766952m please Help!

A:Re: windows 10 bare metal install

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I have been trying for a few days to get this up and running but I keep running into problems where it says the system drive cant be found. I am following the instructions listed here and still get errors. I have noticed that over the years Microsoft's documentation sometimes leaves out key details that I need to know that do not get listed. I am primarily wanting to use this approach for when I do my quarterly formats of my PCs in the house with a highly customized image.

A:Has anyone created media for bare metal reset?

Nevermind I figured this out, script only works on drives that are already convert to gpt or mbr and the size needs to be set to the correct minimum.

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I am running Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 Enterprise. I migrated my laptop's Windows 7 OS to VM and was able to boot to it in Hyper-V. I cloned my laptop first then sysprepped it with an unattend script and a batch file. The unattend install works
and the batch file runs during Windows setup on my bare metal laptop. When I do the same in Hyper-V, the batch file never runs.

Here's the process I took to migrate my laptop to VM and what I did to get it to run in Hyper-V to see if something along the way I messed something up:
-Used dism to capture the image.
-Applied the image to a vhdx.
-Attach the vhdx in Disk Management.
-Copied my unattend.bat, unattend.xml, and setup.bat scripts to the C: drive of the vhdx.
-Loaded the SYSTEM HIVE from the vhdx in Regedit.
-Changed the "Start" DWORD from 3 to 0 in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/atapi", "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/intelide", and "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/test/ControlSet001/services/msahci"
-Unloaded the SYSTEM HIVE and detached the vhdx.
-Used Hyper-V to create a Generation 1 VM. Used the vhdx as the disk.
-Booted the machine up with error, but got rid of it by running a repair on Windows.

Here are the scripts that I am running during sysprep:
echo. >> "C:\Windows\Setup\scripts\SetupComplete.cmd"
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A:TeraByte Unlimited's BootIt Bare Metal

First post updated with the latest version 1.29

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Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:

-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware
-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes
-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable media

Here is the link to the addon - Plus Pack
And its data sheet

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Hey community. I was hoping for some clarification. I am use to working with VMWare ESXi VSphere for hypervisors. So I have been labbing for my MCSA and I notice alot of the context of MCSA material describes installing an instance of Windows Server 2016,
and then turning that into a Hyper-V Server. What I did was I installed Hyper-V Server 2016 on my ProLiant. Is there any reason why I would not want to do this ? I had to reference alot of white papers, manuals, eventually blogs, and I think a youtube video
or two before I could manage it from my remote PC. It involved adding the target computer via power shell, customizing the hosts file, adding the server within the PC's computer configuration I forget what exactly. I also had to disable the firewall on the
Hyper-V Server 2016 before the Hyper-V Server 2016 hosted on the ProLiant started appearing in my Hyper-V Manager from my Windows 10 Pro machine.

However I was listening to this gentleman's youtube video.
and he explains that Hyper-V Server is meant to be installed as a bare metal Hypervisor which is what I did do but because i was accustomed to working with VMWare SAN's that are the same way where you install the Hypervisor on the host machine and start
spinning up virtual machines. However I noticed i got some updates on the Hyper-V-Server 2016 the other day and not all of them wanted to install ... I believe some of the updates were for Windows so it went int... Read more

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Acronis have just released add-on for Home True Image named Plus Pack which includes enterprise features - well, yes, it costs money, but as for me - the universal restore worth it! What is in Plus Pack:-Restore to Dissimilar Hardware - allows to restore your data regardless of hardware-Dynamic Disk Support - backup ad restore dynamic volumes-WinPE Support - integrates latest MS drivers, apps & plugins on your bootable mediaHere is the link to the addon - Plus PackAnd its data sheet

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In another thread about why Windows 10 is free, I started journalling my installation, largely to answer Drew's claim that Win10 installation was easy.  It is not, and it is not even done yet.  But to say more than I did there, would hijack that thread's theme, so am starting a new one here, where other installation horror reports are located.  In this case, the problem is different from the others, so if I interpret the rules rightly, I should start a new thread, not post to a dissimilar one.
Problem:  Windows keeps reinstalling itself over and over.  Each time more files were copied, so it wasn't actually doing the same install over and over, but might have been interactive, reboot, interactive again.  But there is NOTHING in the screens you see, to let you know this.  They all read the same, they all begin with 'Install Windows 10', each time you must select the language then agree to the EULA, and everything afterwards is exactly the same in the progress screen, and when it finishes, it says it has to reboot 'to continue'.  Continue what?  Well, the first seven times I left the installer stick in, and at the 8th time I decided to take it out at the next 'Install Windows' purple screen (after reboot).  And, I hit the Red X to close the installation.
Next I booted it without the stick, and all went as recorded in that top link of this post.  Since it wouldn't allow me to input my name and the other data, I... Read more

A:Loopy Windows 10 Preview installation (bare metal)

Post-reset, it goes into a loop again for me to either Install or repair windows, just like the other 8 time.  So this time I went to advanced options, and selected the one which repairs why Windows won't boot.  For I never actually got into Windows, it wouldn't let me create the first user account (wouldn't let me type in the data).  I suspect this is because I turned off all the data-sharing options listed in the 1st post's top link.  But of course, nothing in the prompts or 'reactions' say that's why.
Aha, now it says 'Startup Repair couldn't repair' the PC.  Going down the rabbit hole again...

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A:100TB Servers | Dedicated Bare Metal Server Hosting


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I am looking for a Win 7 backup and restore program that can do the ff.

1. Do an image backup which can be used for a recovery (in case the system won't load or some program won't run) or a bare-metal install (if the HD has to be replaced or reformatted);

2. Do a scheduled incremental file backup based on what was added or changed since the image backup or the previous incremental backup; in addition to the bare-metal install from the image backup, all incremental file backups can be restored, bringing the system back to the state from the last incremental backup;

3. If the backup disk is filled to a certain percentage (say, 80 pct), then the image backup is deleted and a new one is made. If the new image backup is successful, then all incremental backups are deleted. New incremental backups will be based on the new image backup.

4. One also has the option to schedule both the image backup (e.g., every month, every six months, every year, etc.) and the incremental backups (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.).

A free program that can use a network drive as a backup is preferable.

A:Backup Program with Bare-Metal Install and Incremental Features

Windows 7 Backup and Restore.

We have tutorials on its use.

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just ran a Veeam bare metal retstore to a new hard drive.   realtek wifi adapter shows properly installed, but no connections are available.  network trouble shooter says wifi adapter failed. replacing orignal drive results in a perfectly working wifi connection.Realtek RTL8188EE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC    2023.30.301.2016  toshiba satelite

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Hi, I built a new PC running 8.1, GPT, UEFI secure boot mode, everything. I'm now at the point where I'm ready to start migrating my data to it, but before I do that, I need to get some backup software that offers me the option to boot from a recovery CD and restore from an image file backup stored elsewhere. Until I've wiped this install & restored successfully, I don't consider it a usable machine. I already have this setup working on my Win7, but for some reason that software is not working with 8.1.

So I'm looking around for something new, and I'm on a trial of Paragon Backup and Recovery Home 12. It says I can create a WinPE disk (and I must use this, since I'm using Intel firmware-based RAID) that will allow me to do a bare-metal restore. The help takes me to a link on their website for something called the "Paragon Boot Media Builder." And there's documentation on it, but I can't find out how to download it. If I Google downloading that, a bunch of pirate websites show up & not much else.

Is their help & website outdated, is there another of their products that I must buy to get this?? Very unclear.

Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm not really not interested in purchasing anything until I've verified it is solid & will work in the manner I described above. I don't trust untested backups.

A:bare-metal restore of 8.1 in UEFI secure boot mode

Paragon 12 has no support for Windows 8.1.
Paragon update to 14
Paragon 14, Out November 2013.
Hard Disk Manager Suite ? complete system management | PARAGON Software Group - disk partitioning, resize partition
Paragon Hard Disk Manager Professional - Overview

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Hi All,

The story so far:
2008 server was hit by rootkit virus. Machine was taken to doctor for data recovery. (Raid 5 data set, we had low % hope of recovery) New hardware and Server 2012 replaced old server.

So far, so good.

Now we want to use the old machine as a workstation.
Raid 5 was reformatted as Raid 0. Two volumes on 4 disks.
When we go to boot from a Win 7 Ultimate x64 DVD, we get the "reboot and select proper etc.."

I seems that the IDE DVD drive is not being identified at boot. I have tried the predictable changes to boot order, but have not disconnected anything. We did try attaching a SATA DVD drive, but that was also not identified during the boot sequence.

I don't know that the Rootkit didn't affect the bios...not educated enough to know if that is possible.
At this point this has become a 'hobby level' problem, but I still want to find resolution.

Asus P5Q Turbo, 4 Seagate drives on Raid 0, IDE dvd drive, 3" IDE floppy (unplugged, either/or with DVD drive)

And there I am....

A:Bare metal install 'reboot and select proper boot device...'

Why are you using dated RAID technology, which Win7 doesn't like and we see nothing be problems with? It confers no performance advantage and if you lose one drive you almost always lose all the data. So the only time it makes any sense is if working with huge files like full length movie editing and there are now drives big enough to handle those too.

Pick your fastest drive and follow the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have been using WHS for the past week or so, and I really love its potential. The problem I'm having with it at the moment is that certain computers' backups seem to fail inexplicably, and so far I haven't been able to figure out why. If I can, I'd love to stay with WHS.

If I can't get WHS to work reliably, then I'm looking for a good alternative backup solution for my ~10 Windows computers. Here's what I would like:

* Management from one central location. I love how I can install the Windows Home Server Console on each client computer, and then I can manage all of the backups from one place. It's much easier than running around to each computer to configure the backups.

* Single-instance storage or deduplication. A huge potential HDD space saver, when you have a lot of wasted space with two computers backing up the exact same file.

* Bare-metal restore. Again, I love how WHS makes it easy to restore using a boot CD and a network connection. That way, in the event of a client hard drive dying, I just pop a new drive into the computer, reload the image, and we're back to normal without having to worry about reinstalling Windows, software, drivers, et cetera.

* Price! WHS is a steal at roughly $100 with support for up to 10 computers. Seems many client-server backup programs can easily cost $400 or $500, and that's a little steep for me at the moment.

I would prefer to run Windows on the server, but if the best solution ... Read more

A:Looking for Windows Home Server-like network backup solution with bare-metal restore.

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Hello, i had bought the XPS 15 laptop approximately 5 months ago from philippines and right now i am in india. When i am charging the laptop i get electic shock when i touch the metal parts of the laptop.
But recently i discovered when the laptop is charging i get current from other parts of the house as well such as metallic bathroom taps and metal grill of my house.
I tested it using tester so its not some assumption but real current.
So please provide some guidance on why is this happening and why is the current flowing in different parts of my house when laptop is charging.

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I've got a really strange problem.. My computer will randomly shut off or not turn on sometimes. Once it "short circuits" it won't turn on again for a while - sometimes an hour, sometimes all day. At first I thought it was overheating, but when I was messing around with it, I found that if I unplug the HDMI cable after it shuts off, and sometimes just touch the metal of the HDMI cable to the metal mount (not the actual port) of the HDMI port it will turn back on, but not all the way. The fans will start going, but if I then plug the HDMI cable back in, it doesn't show anything on my monitor.

Can anyone explain this strange behavior?

A:Metal on Metal Short Circuits?

Firstly did you bench test everything before installing into the case?

Are the standoffs in the correct place on the case and are you sure that no extra standoffs are under the motherboard causing it to short to the case?

Something is obviously shorting I would disassemble the machine and reassemble it paying attention to where you install the standoffs and for foreign objects that may have fallen behind the mobo. might be worth bench testing it first to figure out if anything in particular is causing the problem.

Your psu should grounds the case and motherboard so you want to ensure that your wall socket isn't damaged and has a working ground.

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My clients seems to be dropping connection to SBS2008 running exchange 2007. I've spent hours trying to figure out the issue. I noticed on the clients, I get an event id 26 saying connection to exchange has been lost, then a few seconds later I get another event id 26 saying its been restored. In the system log, I'm also getting a lot of Schannel event id 36888 errors (The following fatal alert was generated:10. The internal error state is 10). Can anyone please provide some light to this?

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I know I am talking about SBS2008 but someone pointed me here as there is a fairly relevant but old post relating.

Thing is I have a RAID one drive C: with every thing on it but the Boot system - on D: There's a lot of files there.

What would be the easiest (and secure - I don't want to be left with an unbootable system!) way to get D: onto C:. The suggestion is I "simply" shut down - remove the D: drive physically - put in the install disc and do a repair. Is that right?

Should I copy all these files over first into the same location or a "preserved" folder in case I need them?

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Hi, we upgraded from sbs2003 server to sbs2008 server. We removed the pc from the old domain and then added it to the new domain. Something went wrong after we joined the new domain it doesn't see the new domain for login and the local Administrator account has been disabled. The only account available is the guest account. Is there a way to enable the local administrator account again?

A:Can't login to local admin account after joining sbs2008 domain

You can try this but without any slides or full explanation.. I don't know....

If you can go into a user account with administration rights than you can go into command prompt and type:

Note: elevate the dos command to admin

net user administrator /active:yes

If you cannot log into an admin account: than you have to boot into dos from a bootable CD

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Hi i just bought some computer parts to go together to make a computer i bought a case a biostar mother board (nf61s micro 754). and a possessor for it Amd athlon 64 2.2Ghz.
i have done all i can thing of to make it work. i started out i put it all together and i had problems with it not turning on it would start the fan for a sec and turn off. i got it to turn on once and a while. i have checked it is not shorting out on anything everything is hooked up correctly. i put the power supply in another computer and it works fine all the parts seem to work fine. i thought it was the motherboard so i when and got a new one and it did the exact same thing. with a brand new motherboard that was the same as the other. and it did the same thing. i don't know what is wrong with it. when it runs it runs grate and dose not over heat or anything. dose anyone know what would be wrong. and i have tested the case and that seems to be fine also.

A:Bare bone

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Ok Here's the thing...I currently have an ocz vertex 2 120 gb ssd that I put win 7 ultimate on. I have recently come across a deal for the 60gb version for only $89.99 so now I plan on re-installing win 7 ultimate on that drive and using the 120 gb ssd for programs and games.

My question is what is the minimum I can install on the 60 gb ssd to run windows? can I simply install the OS, firewall, AV Program and Malware program and be done with it and then install all programs and game on the ssd. I want to put as little as I can on the 60 gb ssd. The other day my disk transfer number went from 7.6 to 7.4. Not sure why but I think I would rather just keep a nice little buffer on the drive with just over half of it filled besides I have a 120 gb ssd for all the goodies and I ususally play maybe three games alternately anyway so I won't need much on the 120 gb but I may put a photoshop program on the 60gb drive.


A:The Bare Minimum


Yes, for the bootable 60GB SSD you can install Windows 7, AV and anti-malware (if you use Windows Firewall then that will come as part of the OS install), otherwise install that too if its a separate program. You will still have loads of room left. Don't forget all the Java and other little requirements etc.

I have a OCZ Vertex 2 and have installed Windows 7, NIS2011, MBAM and the full Office 2010 and a few bits and bobs like 7ZIP etc. etc. and still have 40 odd GB fee. You will still have plenty of space.

I speak under correction, but I recall a mention that an ideal buffer was in the order of 20% free space.


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I'm getting rid of my Old windows XP PC. I am on a tight budget,just retired.Going to buy a new PC, when Windows 8 comes out, will probably get a windows 7,due to the price drop. what is the minimum requirements, I need to transfer High definition photos,and do some minor editing. Graphics Card,Ram Memory,Hard Drive.Processor,etc. ?

A:What is the bare mininum for a new PC?

There won't be a price drop on Windows 7 computers. The cost of the operating system is very minimal in the total overall cost of the computer. Computer manufacturers only pay a few dollars per computer for a Windows license, and that cost will be about the same for Windows 8 as it is for Windows 7.

Any average computer will more than meet your needs. Raw hardware specs are not nearly as important as the overall hardware package quality and warranty.

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This is the message I sent to the "feedback" section on windows live

"I have been a hotmail user for like 7 years now and it has just got progressively worse. I put up with it because it is too much of a mission to move to Gmail and because well I like hotmail.

The problem used to be that every time I wanted to send an email I had to copy it and press send, press back, paste the email again and then press send because the first time it never ever goes through. Now it is even worse.

I now have to do all that but when I press send the second time it sends the email but a blank version of it I assume half of it is because it tells me "Windows live hotmail cannot connect" but the fact that this happens every time I type an email really is annoying. I really want to use hotmail but it's getting to a point now, having to press send 3 times and copy my email is at that point. Please do something.


Now I know you guys don't really deal with email (Since I couldn't find a section with email) so I apologise but my question is: is there anyway to fix that or if not how can I transport all my emails from hotmail to Gmail? Because I am really annoyed with hotmail. Sorry for the wrong type of question but you guys are just so helpful.


A:Email (Please bare with me)

Try what they suggest here; http://www.emailquestions.com/hotmai...redirects.html

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Can anyone recommend a place to get good prices on an almost bare bones PC?

The reason I say almost bare bones is the only components I think that I wouldn't need in the computer is a hard drive. I just want to take my hard drive (I recently bought the hard drive) out of my existing system and put it into a new system.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

A:Almost Bare Bones PC


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Hi all,

I've just been given an old PC from work, which has been formatted and had a very basic XP install put on it...

..now the trouble is, there are no drivers for the network card, graphics card, or sound card.. and I've no way of knowing what they are, in order to search for specific drivers!!

What do I do??

First issue is the network card, as then at least it'll be able to connect to the internet and XP can then search for drivers at least... but how do I know what network card drivers to install??

same for the graphics card - how can I find out what model it is?

(these devices all just come up as question-marks in the device manager)

Many thanks in advance if you can help out.....


A:Bare PC - no drivers.. help!

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Here's my story: Just got a photographic printer that can handle 13"x17". Use Photoshop to edit these pics. Photoshop is a big piggy when working on files this big.

question 1: which files under "running processes" can I turn off to give extra resources to Photoshop. I've highlighted the ones I THINK I can turn off in red. Any extra processes to end? I will NOT be connected to net at the time therefore don't neet Norton or Zone Alarm etc. I will reboot PC after editing so I get all cancelled programmes back on and running.

question 2: which files highlighted in BLUE can I permanently cancel from running and please give explicit instructions on how to do this? are any of these blue programmes a "must" for WinXP to run properly?

Thanks again for your help. I've attached as BMP. Please change extension to PDF, as I needed to keep as PDF to keep the color formatting. Cut and paste to here removes all formatting.
Cheers, Sandi

A:Bare-bones XP running??

Turn off unneeded system services.

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Does anyone recall any posts on cutting back on Vista's foot print?

Thx in advance

A:Bare Bones Vista

Are the suggestions in this guide of any help?http://www.blackviper.com/WinVista/servicecfg.htm

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We've bought our first-ever laptop and it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium installed.

It does not come with Win7 installation discs.

So we would like to create some backups. According to Home - Microsoft Answers there are two types of backup: Full Backup and System Image.

What do I need to backup just the required Win7 files? I don't care about backing up my own files (media, pics, documents, etc.) I also don't care about backing up the stuff that came pre-installed with the laptop, like the trial version of MS office or the trial version of Norton Security or the games. I also don't want to backup stuff I've added after turning on the computer, like MS Security Essentials or VLC or Gimp.

Just the really bare minimum needed in case my computer wiped clean accidentally. Thank you.

A:backing up just the bare minimum

System image will give you an exact snapshot of what your PC is running right now, Operating System included. Depending on your manufacturer, there may also be the option to make recovery disks to restore the system to the "out of the box" state. I know this to be true with Acer and eMachines. HP comes with a recovery partition, so this isn't necessary for them.
System Image Recovery
Here's an excellent tutorial for making a system image

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I have in my hands the bare video card that came inside my Dell Dimension 4300 which I purchased some years ago. All I know is that it is a GeForce 2 MX (as it says this on the card itself), but I need to know how much RAM it has and whether it is a 200 or 400 (I don't really know what those numbers mean, but I know that the variations are MX 200 and MX 400). So how do I tell? I tried using the serial number, or part number, or whatever number is on the card to identify it, but nVidia's homepage doesn't seem to have any databases like that. The Dell website won't tell me what the Dimension 4300 shipped with. It can analyze the machine and tell me what card is in it, but I'm not about to install the thing and screw around drivers or whatever I'd have to do. Anyway, I don't think that will give me all the info I need. There are eight identical chips made by Hynix on there, which I can assume is the memory, but how do I tell whether they are 4 or 8Mb peices? And is there some way to tell with the naked eye if it is a 200 or 400?

A:Is this GeForce 2 MX a 200 or 400? How much RAM does it have? It's just a bare card

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Can someone clarify the differences between Bare and Retail Kits for Hard Drives and Procesors

A:Bare VS Retail Kits

Welcome to TechSpot

Bare is just that, the article in a plastic bag, without mounting hardware, instructions or anything.
Retail includes packaging, instructions, mounting hardware (and a cooler when it is a CPU), drivers if any etc.
Bare is cheaper most of the time, useful if you do DIY.

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Just got windows 8.1 and found out I need a new computer for fx support. I guess! Went to computer bare bones kit website and by the time I was done I didnt have enough money to buy the computer parts I picked out. I have a old computer house and wondered if there was a place to buy the mother board chip memory and video card cheaper that would run windows 8.1. But I didnt know what to pick out. can some one help me?

A:bare bones kits and 8.1

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I am looking for a low-cost NAS-like, USB connected box that is just the bare SATA guts with external power for two 2.5" drives in the one box. I bought two 1TB drives at a great price but they either need one of the two-USB to one cables or a powered enclosure.

Currently running them from a four-port powered USB hub, but the power share is unrelaiable as one or the other keeps dropping connection. With just one drive using two of the USB ports it runs fine, but after adding the second one, it gets flaky.

I found some powered SATA adapters but they are like 24-bucks apiece and I would need two. The cheap drives are not looking so good now.

Can anyone point me at something that will work?

A:Bare two-drive bay - wanted

Got an old XP computer laying around? That's what I did with my old XP box; I turned it into a NAS. I just made sure Internet access was blocked in my router.

If not, does your motherboard support eSATA? That works better, IMO, than USB.

You should use a powered enclosure (or self powered USB hub) so you do not attempt to draw too much power through your computer's USB port.

Will this be a permanent setup? I ask because I really like docking stations instead of enclosures. They make it simple to swap drives in and out (3.5" and 2.5") and being open, you don't have to worry about heat, or fan noise. Actual enclosures tend to be more expensive too with the exception of this one, as it accepts 2.5" drives only.

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Hi Tech Support Guys,

I have a Toshiba laptop that has a recovery DVD of Win XP media center ed. I am giving it to a family member and I want to do a system restore to factory settings. A few years ago a friend restored it to factory settings but somehow removed all the extra components XP came with, and XP was restored to a bare bones state. It was missing most of the junk Toshiba included and was much faster than the Factory Restore. I want to do this type of restore to it again, and let my family member install what they want on it. My friend is now stationed outside the US and it's very difficult to get a hold of them.

When I pop the DVD in it asks me if I want to do a system restore or if I want to add additional components from the DVD (in case I delete something I wasn't supposed to). But it does not give me the choice to restore factory settings with out extras. I am wondering how my friend accomplished this and how I can do it myself to avoid all the extra junk manufacturers include with the package. At the moment the laptop is showing about 50-60 precesses which is a bit excessive for how fast it is.

Thanks in advance!

A:Installing bare bones XP on my PC

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Ok, so if any of you have been watching the top post in this forum, you will see that I have lost a 2TB hard drive that had LOTS of important data on it. There are a few steps that I have been given to try that I am going to do. After that I think I am going to have to send it off to try to have the data recovered. I am in Afghanistan and wont be able to do that until after I get back to the States. So I am looking to get another hard drive to replace it. The one that I lost is a WD My Book. It had a 2TB green HD in it. I have seen on here and other places that they really don't have that good of a reputation. I also have a Seagate 3TB external that I have had no issues with. I really like it. To try to recover the HD that crashed, I bought a HD dock. Didn't work, but I have it now.

To my main question, should I get an external HD, or should I just get a bare bones HD and use the dock? Keep in mind, I am in Afghanistan, so I have to worry about dust and all. But I only have my comp stuff in the office which isn't that bad.

Any suggestions? For what I am doing, I don't need a high speed transfer rate or anything. But give me your thoughts and concerns. And if you have a specific model that you think would be the best, let me know.

Thanks guys and gals!

A:External or bare drive?

I see this all the time... You have these huge drives with no sensible back up plans in mind. You must back up important data using DVD's as well as maybe flash drives at the same time. These can be stored safely. DVD's will last forever if cared for. Internal and external hard drives are mechanical devices, and they will fail. External, as well as internal hard drives are not themselves, affected by dust and sand. It is the power supplies and fans that are affected...
I have a 4 hard drive RAID array and a separate 500GB hard drive that I back up my important data to. Important data includes install programs other than the OS, email addresses, pictures and documents

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In XP if I right-click in any folder I can click New and have my choice of New Folder, New Word Doc, New Excel File, New Notepad file, etc, but in Windows 7 all I get is New > Folder.
All of those options are available if I right-click the Desktop.

Surely there's a way to get this going in various folders?

Thanks in advance!


A:Right-Click Menu a tad bare

Plexus, do not put links in to other websites and such here. It would be considered spamming or advertising.

Second, does this happen only in certain folders, or in all of them?


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Can someone help I brought a bare bones computer already put together and where do I start to install the operating system. I clueless

A:bare bones computer what to do

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Can anyone point me to a website or whatever so I can find out how to put a connector on to bare network wire?

It's one of those enlarged-phone-plug looking things.

A:connect to bare wire

The thinngy would be an RJ45 connector and you would go this direction.


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I just installed TinyXP (ver. 9) BARE Without IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
i figured i wouldn't be able to setup home networking so i can share files between pc's and i don't really want to install 3rd party software
is there still a way to setup home networking
can i just either enable some services and/or install/add some software/files from a xp cd

A:TinyXP Bare + home networking


Downloading TinyXP is very illegal since it's basically pirated version of Windows. The argument between fair use and IP law isn't going to end any time soon, so use at your own risk.Click to expand...

We don't risk it here, please read the TSG Rules before any future posts.


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Is there anything that should not be touched by bare hands when installing motherboard like capacitors or clock battery?

A:motherborad install and bare hands

Touch anything you like as long as you take the usual ESD precautions

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Does anybody know how or where I can find out what are the bare minimum files and programs required to run Xp ?

I am using this Computer for Music only and don't need all the stuff that comes packed in Windows.

Thank You

A:Bare Minimum Requirements for WinXp ?

Pentium 233 mhz
64 MB of RAM
About 800 MB HD Space (Bare minimum)

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Hello everyone. I've been on the hunt for the past week, looking for a good "barebones" system to throw together. It's sole purpose will be for running a 24/7 audio stream with Windows 2000 Professional and some broadcasting software.

I would much rather prefer AMD over Intel, as I have always really loved AMD, but if Intel is much cheaper then I might have to consider it .

I've got a harddrive already, and I've got Win2000, so all I need is:

Motherboard (On board sound/video/lan)
CPU (Again, prefer AMD)
RAM (256MB or 512MB)

Any thoughts of a good barebones package, or some cheap components you guys like? Most of the time when I build systems I do top of the line systems, so I'm a little new to these "budget" systems.



A:Reccomend Bare Bones System?

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There is not even an exit button. I can still exit by right clicking the icon on the task bar but I was just wondering what the hell happened. It looks like this every time i open it now.

A:[SOLVED] My Task Manager is bare (pic)

Double click on the white area just above where it says "Task".
Your task manager should reset to it's normal state.

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