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skgruz

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I have a Dell Lattitue D610 laptop and no recovery disc for the Windows Xp.
I did find a Windows XP SP3 download from Microsoft. But is an .iso file.

How do i create a boot disc so i can reinstall the OS on my laptop? And does it need to be burnt to a CD or can it be a DVD?
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Do you have access to the laptop now?
Is it operational?

I did find a Windows XP SP3 download from Microsoft. But is an .iso file.

This is most likely the SP3 upgrade and not the OS. Any OS you find as "free" will be a hack and an illegal OS.

Do you need to save any data?
There is most likely a hidden recovery partition on the drive.
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I do have access to the laptop now.
It is somewhat operational it bbots up to a blue screen after going through the windows spalsh screen.

Iam not looking at saving data just getting the laptop back up and operational.
How do i find the recovery portion.
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There are a couple things that can be tried to get you operational.

Have you tried F8 during boot up and gone to the safe mode options?
If so, have you tried safe mode or "last known good configuration"
If in safe mode, you can try a restore to a previous restore point to before the problem started.

If there is a factory recovery partition still intact....
1 Turn on the computer.
2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold Ctrl and then press F11
3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore.
4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm

When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear:
The system recovery process was successful.

5 Click Finish

If you have access to a XP os disc of the same type you have (Pro, home, media center) then you can try a repair of the OS.
You can borrow a CD from a friend.
The repair will leave the data intact. You will need your key that is on the bottom of the laptop.

XP Repair guide
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I Have tried F8 during boot up and gone to the safe mode options, and none of the options worked


I have tried to access the factory recovery partition by pressing and holding CTRL and F11 and it juat boota up.


The only disc i have access to is a Operation System Windwos XP home edition but it is from Gateway?
I did put it into the laptop and it started up but it hsaid gateway all over it should i continue or try and find another disc?
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