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F9 recovery on Asus netbook not working

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Kheldar, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. Kheldar

    Kheldar Thread Starter

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    I'm using an Asus netbook (unsure of model) and ran into some virus issues. I ran Norton, but even after that performance was slightly compromised. I wanted to perform a partition recovery, as although I have the DVD it came with, which contains a pure version of XP, A: I don't want to reinstall everything, and B: the morons put my Windows sticker on the bottom of the netbook, and the code has faded to illegibility. I'm pretty sure I'll need that code to re-install Windows, but you don't need it with F9 recovery. Problem: F9 doesn't work. I pushed it once, twice, hammered on it repeatedly; all that happens is that I see the partition as a D: drive, approximately 5 GB that seems to contain the image file (which is not openable by any program I have). I'm willing to take any suggestions. One thought I had was maybe to make an image of the partition and mount it on a usb stick and boot from there. I just don't have that large of a stick, and don't want to buy it for no reason. Also, I might totally mess up the PC. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. etaf

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    The DVD will be the same as the recovery partition and often a re-install will remove all programs and data - you can do a non-destructive repair, but i have found on XP that can mean re-installing programs

    re - the Key
    use http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/ to find the windows key already on the PC
     
  3. Kheldar

    Kheldar Thread Starter

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    Thanks, this is definitely helpful. The only problem with using the DVD is either having to get hold of an external DVD reader, or shlepping out to a friend's house with my DVD and an external hard drive and making an image; a tedious task either way. If I have to, I will, but hopefully something will get figured out. Here's the thing, though; I know that when doing F9 the HD gets totally wiped. However, in my past experience, re-installing Windows XP will not wipe the HD. Would I still have the problematic files on my HD?
     
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    you should be able to run the recovery from the PC itself
    If you look in programs - you may find a ASUS recovery manager utility, from there you can usually create DVDs for recovery and also run the recovery program from the partition and re-install XP
    you usually have the option to do a fresh install - which will completely wipe the harddrive or re-install windows - when I last did the re-install , all the data was saved BUT none of the programs installed would work .......

    you could follow the instructions in the virus malware removal forum , post the required logs and then we could move over to that forum to get the PC cleaned up of any virus / malware
     
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