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Reformat preloaded Windows XP (no discs)


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llm57

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Hello,

I have a Gateway 550GR with windows xp sp2. Windows XP came preloaded with no discs. I would like to reformat and reinstall win xp but am unable to access Full System Recovery when I use F11. It was reformatted once before and it appears there is only 1 large partition. I did find the windows .cab files and would like know if it is possible to create my own discs using these files and how would I do it.

I would appreciate any help as it has a virus I am tired of fighting (it disabled my internet and seems to be taking over the computer). Its time clean it up anyway I already saved anything important.

Thanks

Please be patient if I am slow to respond... using my daughters computer when I can after work.
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System Recovery Using Gateway System Recovery Windows XP
http://support.gatew...XPMC0su17.shtml

Additional Software Information
http://support.gatew...MLXPH2asi.shtml

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Thank you for responding. Just wanted to let you know I have tried some of the things the links suggested. So far this is what I have found... The file suggested in the links to activate the F11 key (C:\Cabs\RemoveCountdown\RemoveCountDown.exe) and the file to access System Recovery (C:\Windows\Sminst\Start.exe) don't exist on my computer. The Applications and Drivers CD suggested do not include operating system files. I still have some of the other things to try and will let you know what is going on.

I do have a copy of Recovery Console but it has not taken care of the problem of the internet connection. If I do the format on it will that reinstall the operating system even though the partition needed for it is non-existant.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated... I feel lost without my computer :)
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