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johnviv

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hi everyone
my grandson has a acer laptop, with windows xp home it is about 2 years old
everything is okay at this piont in time,
what i would like to know, because he has lost his xp recovery disk, is it possible to make a new recovery disc from his laptop, just in case he has problems in the future,
go easy on me, i am getting on the years, and new to computers
many thanks in anticipation
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Yes

If you buy an application such as Acronis True Image, you can make a re-installable copy of the computer as it is right now, complete with all programs and data and all Windows updates.

But some laptops (and desktops) that have Windows pre-installed also have a "hidden partition" on the HDD that contains the Windows reinstallation files (but not the same as the "working copy" as described above). Some do not.

Recovery disks are important though and should be treated with care and kept safe. Sometimes you can buy replacements from the laptop maker.
 
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