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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Hi all

I want to use the recovery disk to start fresh, am I right to say that everything will be wiped? Or is there an option for a fresh install of OS without deleting anything?

I know that there is a feature where you can just reinstall windows and not lose anything?

Id like to keep all my songs on itunes etc and games on the comp, as Ive lost the disk to them and won't have the serials to install again, and other software etc.
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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Start fresh = Format, yes.

With a recovery disk you can do a Windows recovery where it just reinstalls Windows on your mean, mainly used if theres a file such as explorer.exe which has fudged up.

Otherwise, you'll have to manually delete the stuff you want to keep, or back-up to another HDD. You can always get cracks / cd-keys for software.
#2
Thanks for that.

Nothings messed up. Its just that I have 1.5 gig of ram, and as soon as laptop is on, I have about 900, so something is sucking it dry.

Also, been gettin a few random restarts and Im hoping a fresh install will mend the problem. Im also guessing that a full format needs to be done?

Putting songs back on my itunes is going to be a pain, and my other software.

Also, no HDD to back up on!! I am on the lookout for one though, waiting for the right deal :)
banned#3
jamesterror
You can always get cracks / cd-keys for software.

illegal
banned#4
Deal4Me
Thanks for that.

Nothings messed up. Its just that I have 1.5 gig of ram, and as soon as laptop is on, I have about 900, so something is sucking it dry.

Also, been gettin a few random restarts and Im hoping a fresh install will mend the problem. Im also guessing that a full format needs to be done?

Putting songs back on my itunes is going to be a pain, and my other software.

Also, no HDD to back up on!! I am on the lookout for one though, waiting for the right deal :)


Does it just randomly restart? Are you getting a flash of blue screen?


How long has it been since you ran the recovery if never how long has it been since you had the laptop/pc?
#5
h4x3r
Does it just randomly restart? Are you getting a flash of blue screen?


How long has it been since you ran the recovery if never how long has it been since you had the laptop/pc?


The odd occasion, it randomly freezes, and I have to hold the power button to switch it off and on.

Sometimes I get a flash of blue screen, then restarts itself...

Ive never used the recovery disk before, just found it, I wasnt aware I had one lol
banned#6
Deal4Me
The odd occasion, it randomly freezes, and I have to hold the power button to switch it off and on.

Sometimes I get a flash of blue screen, then restarts itself...

Ive never used the recovery disk before, just found it, I wasnt aware I had one lol



Lol

How old the the laptop?

The flash of blue screen means there is a software(driver) or hardware issue.

Have you brought anything for your laptop and plugged it on ?

Also Are you running Windows Vista or Windows XP?

Also :) How long has this problem been occuring? Because there is a simple way of sorting this out if you answer the above questions.

If not you will need to do a full format but you can backup your stuff on DVD's
#7
before using the recovery, check for virus, adaware. spware etc.

you could always partition your hard drive, put the stuff you want on the new partition then recover.
#8
h4x3r
Lol

How old the the laptop?

The flash of blue screen means there is a software(driver) or hardware issue.

Have you brought anything for your laptop and plugged it on ?

Also Are you running Windows Vista or Windows XP?

Also :) How long has this problem been occuring? Because there is a simple way of sorting this out if you answer the above questions.

If not you will need to do a full format but you can backup your stuff on DVD's


Its 2 years old.

The only things I plug in the laptop is an SD card and USB mouse which Ive used for 2 years.

Its windows XP

Its been going on about a month, I get these errors maybe every 2-3 days or so.

Thanks for everyone whos helping
#9
m00nie
before using the recovery, check for virus, adaware. spware etc.

you could always partition your hard drive, put the stuff you want on the new partition then recover.


Hmm how do I partition? Never done this before, just would like my itunes and certain software untouched if poss :)
banned 1 Like #10
Deal4Me
Its 2 years old.

The only things I plug in the laptop is an SD card and USB mouse which Ive used for 2 years.

Its windows XP

Its been going on about a month, I get these errors maybe every 2-3 days or so.

Thanks for everyone whos helping


2 years old?


its best to do the recovery you know because generally i tend to format all my machines every year and i tell my customers to as well


Righto but you can try something called system restore all it does it restores your computer to an earlier date it was working. It does not delete any user data.

So. E.G if you was going to restore your computer to last month when it was working fine

It would make your computer like last month so the program will be like last month any program you installed today will be gone etc etc

BUT IT WILL NOT DELETE ANY USER FILES E.G DOCUMENTS, MUSiC ETC ETC

Its better to try this BECAUSE your programs will still be there

If your willing to try this

do the following

BUT If your worried, or have ANY questions please ask :)



1.
Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.

2.
On the Welcome screen, click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.

3.
On the Select a Restore Point page, select the date from the calendar that shows the point you'd like to restore to, as shown in and then click Next. (Select a date from last month when your computer was working fine)


4.
On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, verify that the correct restore point is chosen, and then close any open programs.

5.
Click Next if you are ready to proceed or click Back to change the restore point.

6.
The computer will shut down automatically and reboot. On reboot, you'll see the Restoration Complete page, and then click OK.
#11
Thanks for taking time to write that.

I know about system restore, tried it recently but it hasn't changed anything give lead me to question the recovery option!

Repped, TY
banned#12
Deal4Me
Thanks for taking time to write that.

I know about system restore, tried it recently but it hasn't changed anything give lead me to question the recovery option!

Repped, TY


http://school.discovery.com/clipart/images/thanks.gif for the rep

IF You partition your hard drive you CANNOT backup applications that are installed :(

You can only backup music/documents etc etc

Have you got an iPod or something you can make a folder in the iPod directory and copy the files over! Then format
#13
Ar thanks again, never knew that.

Argh Ipods don't get on me, sold them a while ago! Just stick to the phone now for music.

Guess theres no way for save the apps then!!
banned#14
Deal4Me
Ar thanks again, never knew that.

Argh Ipods don't get on me, sold them a while ago! Just stick to the phone now for music.

Guess theres no way for save the apps then!!


I hate ipods two i just thought your using itunes you must have an ipod lol why else would u have itunes?

Have you got blank DVD's you can burn it with?
USB Stick?
#15
I find itunes more user friendly, nicer layout than WMP!

Yeah I got some blank DVD, I can save my music/photos, but its not as easy as copying and pasting software? Serials, drivers and whatnot.
banned#16
Deal4Me
I find itunes more user friendly, nicer layout than WMP!

Yeah I got some blank DVD, I can save my music/photos, but its not as easy as copying and pasting software? Serials, drivers and whatnot.


lol
You cant copy and paste software

When you run the recovery it MIGHT give you an option to backup
#17
h4x3r
lol
You cant copy and paste software

When you run the recovery it MIGHT give you an option to backup


Thats what I thought,

I'll give that a bash! Me off to watch a film, goodnight and TY for your help.

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