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Restoring to factory settings, WITHOUT a CD, (windows XP)


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I'm having computer problems and I wish to restore my windows XP to factory settings, however I do not have a CD (Any help would be appreciated). I can't find, or the options are not given to make a system recovery disk. (The system restore to a previous date, does not work either.)


When I start up my computer and I hold down F8, an advanced option menu pops up. The following options are given: 1.Safe Mode, 2.Safe Mode with Networking, 3.Safe Mode with Command Prompt, 4.Enable Boot Logging, 5.Enable VGA Mode, 6.Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked), 6.Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only), 7.Debugging Mode, 8.Disable automatic restart on system failure, 9.Start Windows Normally, 10.Reboot, 11.Return to OS Choices Menu


I don't care about saving data, all I want is to get the computer back to the factory conditions WITHOUT a CD. (All important data has already been backed up on a external hard-drive)
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Hi,

Can you post the Computer Brand and Model?
Do you know if the HDD have some hidden partition for recovery?
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No I don't know if the HDD, has any hidden partition for recovery. I believe the computer tower is a Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.66GHz 2.67 GHz. (Windows XP)
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Hi,

So its a OEM computer? Not HP, Dell, etc.?

Download listparts courtesy of BleepingComputer.

Run the tool and click on Scan, Copy the generated log to your next reply.
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Hey, "So its a OEM computer? Not HP, Dell, etc.?" I believe so. I should tell you, that I'm communicating with you via a secondary computer (My laptop with windows 7). I don't have adequate internet access on the computer I'm trying to fix.


The system information for the computer --> http://imageshack.us...infomation.png/
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Ok I've found a way around it,...

ListParts by Farbar Version: 10-08-2012
Ran by marcia (administrator) on 18-08-2012 at 15:14:10
Windows XP (X86)
Running From: C:\Documents and Settings\marcia\Desktop
Language: 0409
************************************************************

========================= Memory info ======================

Percentage of memory in use: 38%
Total physical RAM: 959.23 MB
Available physical RAM: 592 MB
Total Pagefile: 2318.49 MB
Available Pagefile: 1779.29 MB
Total Virtual: 2047.88 MB
Available Virtual: 2001.79 MB

======================= Partitions =========================

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:74.51 GB) (Free:52.32 GB) FAT32 ==>[Drive with boot components (Windows XP)]
3 Drive d: () (Fixed) (Total:57.27 GB) (Free:56.28 GB) NTFS
6 Drive g: (LUKETROOPER) (Removable) (Total:3.77 GB) (Free:3.59 GB) FAT32

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ---------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 75 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 57 GB 0 B

Partitions of Disk 0:
===============

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 75 GB 32 KB
======================================================================================================

Disk: 0
Partition 1
Type : 0C
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 2 C FAT32 Partition 75 GB Healthy System (partition with boot components)
======================================================================================================

Partitions of Disk 1:
===============

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 57 GB 32 KB
======================================================================================================

Disk: 1
Partition 1
Type : 07
Hidden: No
Active: Yes

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 3 D NTFS Partition 57 GB Healthy
======================================================================================================

****** End Of Log ******
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Hi,

ListParts show that you don't have any Recovery Partition on the HDD.

Do you have a C:\i386 folder or in the D: drive?
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Yes I do, there seems to be several
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Only the ones located at the root of the drive eventually can be used.

Post the size of the i386 folders you have and check if those files are inside:
  • setup.exe
  • winnt32.exe
  • winnt.exe

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No, I've just done a thorough check through several i386 folders in C/D drive, and the following files "setup.exe, winnt32.exe, winnt.exe" are not there.
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The largest folder is a 516MB i386 floder
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No, I've just done a thorough check through several i386 folders in C/D drive, and the following files "setup.exe, winnt32.exe, winnt.exe" are not there.


Sorry if you don't have any of those files most probably you don't have a copy of the XP CD on the HDD, in this case I don't know any way to reinstall the computer without a Windows XP CD.
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Ok then, thanks for your help any ways. I might try wiping the entire computer clean, with another method I know. Cheers
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