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Ok, so this is what I am supposed to do? Which one do I download from that page though and where do I save it?

"To make a Bootable CD from with in Windows

You would download the ISO image that has a .zip extension. .tar files would be for UNIX/Linux. Memtest.ISO Then use http://www.winzip.com to extract the ISO image to the same directory that you downloaded it to. Then using CD-R software you will burn the image to CD. "
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The pre-compiled bootable ISO Zip, second down

Extract Now from my signature will unpack it if you do not have winzip
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Started Memtest 2 hours ago, so far no errors found.
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Ran Memtest 7 hours. No errors found.
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How much data have you got on the drive that you need to keep?
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None of the data is really necessary to keep. [for work or school etc.]
It's more so about not wanting to lose all of my files especially if I would have to reinstall all of my programs with my slow aol connection that takes hours to download anything. Is it possible to do this that Compaq said with a blank cd instead?: Create a bootable floppy from neighbor's system. Then you can boot into Windows. 1. Enable the "Show all files" option by following these steps: a. Double-click the My Computer icon. b. Select Tools and click Folder Options. c. Select the "Show hidden files and folders" option. d. Deselect the "Hide protected operating system files" option. e. Click OK. 2. Place a blank floppy disk in drive A. 3. Right-click the Drive A: icon in My Computer and choose the "Format" option. Wait till the disk is formatted. 4. Open the root folder (C:\) of the system partition of the hard disk drive. 5. Copy the following files to the floppy disk: Boot.ini NTLDR Ntdetect.com You can create bootable disks with the help of the above steps. Then you can take a backup of the data."
Then could I use blank floppy disks to take a backup? The only other alternative I see is taking the computer to a repair shop and have them transfer the files to my other computer.
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If memtest still shows no errors, use the XP set up discs

http://support.micro...com/kb/q310994/

There is a link to get the set for your version of XP
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3 questions:
1] Can you only use floppy discs to create the Setup disks
or can you use cds also? The only other computer I have doesn't have a floppy disk drive so I'm sure that's going to be a problem.
2] Does this keep my data saved?
3] Do I just download SP1 Home Edition from the links below or do I download SP2 also. [I'm guessing I don't download the professional ones as my computer has Home Edition.]
Download the Setup disk program file
Windows XP original release
For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
http://www.microsoft...55-BD5AFEE126D8 (http://www.microsoft...55-BD5AFEE126D8)

Microsoft Windows XP Professional
http://www.microsoft...B7-4FED408EA73F (http://www.microsoft...B7-4FED408EA73F)
Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Note Windows XP CD-ROMs that include SP1 have the text "Includes Service Pack 1" on the CD-ROM.

For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition SP1
http://www.microsoft...05-719F45C382A4 (http://www.microsoft...05-719F45C382A4)

Windows XP Professional SP1

http://www.microsoft...C2-631504EF5E26 (http://www.microsoft...C2-631504EF5E26)
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
For information about the Setup boot disk versions that are available for download, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
Windows XP Home Edition SP2
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en)

Windows XP Professional SP2
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en (http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en)
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Yes, because their purpose is to load files the CD won't

Which programmes have you got on the PC which you do not have the software CD's for?
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Specifically, my anti-virus [avast! Antivirus], firewall[comodo], all of my anti-spyware programs ad-aware, ewido anti-spyware, spybot search and destroy, Spyware Blaster, and CCleaner and Hijackthis. Also Adobe programs like the flash player I took awhile to install and the new version of Java. I don't know if windows media player/ real one player would be uninstalled, probably the updates for them, and I'm sure their are other things that I am missing as I can't get on the computer and check.
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Can you use the method you put in post 66 to check the programmes

All those can be downloaded, do you know anyone with a fast connection, who would download and save them to CDR for you
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I actually have a fast connection on my other computer. I could just burn them to a cdr and install them on my other computer? How would you do that and make them bootable?
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As for the method in post 66, would I definately have to use a floppy disk for that, if so that would be a problem again with the other computer.
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They wouldn't need to be bootable, you would just load the CD and install them , e.g, for adaware you would download and save this file, then burn it to CDR

http://www.filehippo...nload_ad-aware/

Have you got a floppy on this PC
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I have 2 computers, the only one with a floppy disk drive is the one that needs to be fixed unfortunately. The one I'm using doesn't have a floppy drive only a cd-writer/drive.
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