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How to reset Windows XP to factory settings

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Sorry for all the trouble, but now I'm having another problem. I installed the file you linked, but now I don't really know what to do... Here's what I'm talking about:
 
attachicon.gifwinrr.JPG
 
What do I do next?


Oh, there's no installer, it means that you'll have to install the drivers manually. Okay, extract the content of that .zip archive somewhere easily accessible, let's say on the Desktop.
Go back in your Device Manager, and right-click on your Ethernet Controller and select "Update drivers". You'll be presented with two options. Pick the second one, which is "Install from a list or specific location (advanced)". Once done, it will ask you to browse to the folder where the drivers are, so simply browse to the extracted .zip archive and select the folders. Then click on Next and wait for the drivers to install.

So if you extract the .zip archive on the desktop, the drivers will be in that folder :
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Desktop\Extracted_Drivers_Folders
Is that good? :)

Did the video drivers install ?
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Sorry for all the trouble, but now I'm having another problem. I installed the file you linked, but now I don't really know what to do... Here's what I'm talking about:
 
attachicon.gifwinrr.JPG
 
What do I do next?


Oh, there's no installer, it means that you'll have to install the drivers manually. Okay, extract the content of that .zip archive somewhere easily accessible, let's say on the Desktop.
Go back in your Device Manager, and right-click on your Ethernet Controller and select "Update drivers". You'll be presented with two options. Pick the second one, which is "Install from a list or specific location (advanced)". Once done, it will ask you to browse to the folder where the drivers are, so simply browse to the extracted .zip archive and select the folders. Then click on Next and wait for the drivers to install.

So if you extract the .zip archive on the desktop, the drivers will be in that folder :
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Desktop\Extracted_Drivers_Folders
Is that good? :)

Did the video drivers install ?

 

 

Yep! Thanks! :)

 

Now how do I expand the C: parition?


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Sorry for all the trouble, but now I'm having another problem. I installed the file you linked, but now I don't really know what to do... Here's what I'm talking about:
 attachicon.gifwinrr.JPG
 
What do I do next?


Oh, there's no installer, it means that you'll have to install the drivers manually. Okay, extract the content of that .zip archive somewhere easily accessible, let's say on the Desktop.
Go back in your Device Manager, and right-click on your Ethernet Controller and select "Update drivers". You'll be presented with two options. Pick the second one, which is "Install from a list or specific location (advanced)". Once done, it will ask you to browse to the folder where the drivers are, so simply browse to the extracted .zip archive and select the folders. Then click on Next and wait for the drivers to install.
So if you extract the .zip archive on the desktop, the drivers will be in that folder :
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Desktop\Extracted_Drivers_Folders
Is that good? :)
Did the video drivers install ?
 
Yep! Thanks! :)
 
Now how do I expand the C: parition?

Can you go in your E: partition, take a screenshot of its content and post it here for me please ? I want to see of you're not going to delete anything important.
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Sorry for all the trouble, but now I'm having another problem. I installed the file you linked, but now I don't really know what to do... Here's what I'm talking about:
 attachicon.gifwinrr.JPG
 
What do I do next?


Oh, there's no installer, it means that you'll have to install the drivers manually. Okay, extract the content of that .zip archive somewhere easily accessible, let's say on the Desktop.
Go back in your Device Manager, and right-click on your Ethernet Controller and select "Update drivers". You'll be presented with two options. Pick the second one, which is "Install from a list or specific location (advanced)". Once done, it will ask you to browse to the folder where the drivers are, so simply browse to the extracted .zip archive and select the folders. Then click on Next and wait for the drivers to install.
So if you extract the .zip archive on the desktop, the drivers will be in that folder :
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Desktop\Extracted_Drivers_Folders
Is that good? :)
Did the video drivers install ?
 
Yep! Thanks! :)
 
Now how do I expand the C: parition?

Can you go in your E: partition, take a screenshot of its content and post it here for me please ? I want to see of you're not going to delete anything important.

 

 

Yeah, no problem! Here it is:

 

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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?
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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 

I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.


Edited by linings, 15 July 2014 - 04:40 PM.

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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?
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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.

 


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 

 

Here it is:

 

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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.
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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.

 


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG

 


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.

 

 

It was actually my father's, but then he gave it to me. Can these files help me with a factory restore?


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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.

 
It was actually my father's, but then he gave it to me. Can these files help me with a factory restore?


Yes, you could actually create a Windows XP SP2 Installation CD with the Windows XP SP2 .iso and use it to reinstall Windows XP.
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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.

 


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG

 


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.

 

 

Oh, that's great! But I have service pack 3 on my laptop now, so if I reinstalled XP with service pack 2, would I be able to get service pack 3 somehow?


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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.

 
Oh, that's great! But I have service pack 3 on my laptop now, so if I reinstalled XP with service pack 2, would I be able to get service pack 3 somehow?


Yes. The SP3 can be downloaded and install normally, there's even an .iso for it on Microsoft's website to burn to a CD and use it to install the SP3. However, this would be a REINSTALLATION, which means that we would format your whole HDD, create one single NTFS partition on it and install Windows XP on it too.
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.vhd files are for Virtual Hard Disk, it's a virtual representation of an HDD. These are commonly used to create VMs (Virtual Machines). Did you use any of these files and folders in the past ?

 
I'm not sure, but I don't think so. I've never come across a file or folder like that in the past.

 


Can you take a screenshot of what's inside the "CD ISOs Files" folder ?

 

 
Here it is:
 
attachicon.gifiso.JPG

 


How did you end up with that laptop if I may ask ? Was it yours or did you buy it from someone else ?
These are Windows .iso and games .iso, in other words, files that can be used to install Windows XP and games.

 

 
Oh, that's great! But I have service pack 3 on my laptop now, so if I reinstalled XP with service pack 2, would I be able to get service pack 3 somehow?

 


Yes. The SP3 can be downloaded and install normally, there's even an .iso for it on Microsoft's website to burn to a CD and use it to install the SP3. However, this would be a REINSTALLATION, which means that we would format your whole HDD, create one single NTFS partition on it and install Windows XP on it too.

 

 

Oh, I see. If it's not to much trouble, I'd like to do that. You see, I have a program that I use frequently, and it requires a minimum of Windows XP SP3, so I would really appreciate it if you could guide me through that process. :)


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Yeah sure no problem :)
First of all, do you have a blank CD you can use to burn the Windows XP .iso on ?
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