Reset XP to factory settings without CD
Posted 18 October 2010 - 04:47 PM
Posted 18 October 2010 - 05:35 PM
What is the make & model of your computer?
Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:35 AM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:51 PM
What we are looking for is if the computer is a laptop or desktop?
Is it a Dell, HP, Compaq, home built?
We need to know if it has a recovery partition on it.
If you are trying to restore it to factory have you backed up all of the data such as pictures, music, emails, etc.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:26 AM
Yes, I backed up all the data I need.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:48 AM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:01 AM
- You do not have a XP CD
- Your computer does not have a recovery partition
- Your computer does not have an option to make recovery disc(s)
Then NO, it is NOT possible to restore XP to its original factory settings.
If your computer still has the XP Product ID sticker on it, you could borrow a XP CD.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:09 AM
There is also no way to build backup recovery CD's.
There is only 1 way that you can do this, and that requires a complete reinstall of the OS using the original XP cd that you used 5 years ago.
If you know what the license number is, then you can borrow a XP cd. But you must use the key from your original.
Is there a particular reason you want to do this?
Are you having any issues?
We might be able to straighten the computer out and then you could clone the drive or get an image of the drive you could use in the future.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:28 AM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:48 AM
If you have no cd then can I ask how did the OS get on the system to begin with?
You had to install it and if you have no sticker on the system then where did the reg key come from?
Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:30 AM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:46 AM
Posted 20 October 2010 - 07:01 AM
This leaves 480 megs of total memory which your OS is at minimum using 256 megs of which leaves only 224 megs for everything else.
Hardly enough to even run the system at that point. Suggest increasing your memory to 1 gig minimum.
Go to HERE and run the Crucial online scanner.
This will give you the exact memory configuration for your system.
You do not have to buy the memory from there, but write down the information and if you need assistance in purchasing the upgrade memory GTG can assist with suggestions also.
Please provide the following so we can look at the rest of the system
Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
- 1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.
Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.
To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop
Attach it to your next reply