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Compaq Quick Restore CD's

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Brute44, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. Brute44

    Brute44 Thread Starter

    Sep 21, 2004
    I've got a Presario 5330US desktop. This PC came with the single Restore CD and the harddrive had a separate System_Sav partition which all the files were backed up to. Somehow I deleted some files off the System_Sav partition and when I needed to reinstall everything I booted from the Restore CD and it told me I needed to contact Compaq support. I contacted Compaq and they said they would mail me a different set of CD's that would solve this problem. I got the CD's and reinstalled Windows XP home and all the other stuff. That was like 2 years ago and I haven't needed to reinstall XP again until now. The System_Sav partition has been since deleted long ago and now I have personal stuff on a separate partition I created that I have no means to backup. The CDRW that came with this PC doesn't work anymore and I really don't have the money to go out and buy another version of XP home or another CDRW or some kind of backup unit. My computer is set up with one harddrive with two partitions, the first being the C:which is NTFS at 10GB and the second partition is D:70GB in NTFS. If I try to use the CD's that Compaq sent me, they would reinstall XP and all the other stuff but would also delete all the stuff on my disk. I've done some checking and looked on the first CD of the Quick Restore set of 3 CD's and have found that it contains a file called Factory.pqi. This is a Power Quest Drive Image file. I believe that this is the image of XP home and only XP home without any other applications that was created off of the original Presario PC because there are a few other files named Factory.002, 003 and so on. The other 2 CD's have a bunch of zip files that I can access but contain applications that I really don't need. I downloaded a Drive Image bootable Floppy disk creator and created a Drive Image Bootable floppy. I booted with that floppy and browsed to the first CD and tried to open Factory.pqi and it was password protected. Does anyone know what the password is? The only info I can give about these CD's are that there are 3 CD's. On the first CD it has 257186-002, the second has 257191-002, the third has 257192-001 printed on the bottom of each CD. On the carton that was sent with these CD's has 257183-002 on the back. What I would like to accomplish here is to reinstall XP home on my C: partition using the first CD from DOS. I can't do this because its password protected. I feel I have a legal right to this password since I spent nearly 2 grand on this PC and thought at the time of purchase that it would at least have an original Microsoft Windows XP CD, not an image of a PC with XP. I would make an image of my C: partition now but it is kinda messed up so what would be the point of that. So if anyone has tried to accomplish what I'm trying to do and has succeeded, please tell me the password. Thanks.
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Hiya and welcome

    Have you tried this:



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