How many Recovery CD's are needed for Windows XP Home?

Krish108

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Ok got it, so if I do run in to trouble and it asks to insert DISC 3, then what should I do?
 

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Then give up... lol Windows XP is not that big.
 

Krish108

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I want someone to tell me how many CD's I do not want this to be some guessing game that will ruin my computer!
 

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Does anyone think it will restore with 2 CD's?
I doubt that many people have any idea. Recovery partitions and disks were pretty rare before Vista. Usually PCs with XP pre-installed came with an XP installation CD and, sometimes, with an additional CD or two with drivers or utilities.
 

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What I am saying is that the probability of a 3rd disc is 0.0001%. You should be fine installing XP.

According to some google posts, there are ways to install Windows XP via USB, if that helps, but since are none are from Microsoft, I would caution on those sites.

At the end of the day, we cannot 100% confirm this as we don't have that same computer and know how many discs there are. This will be trial and error.

Since you said you did a fresh install of Windows 7, then at least you have that as back up to reinstall if needed.
 

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From James' posts I think he is interpreting your CD 1 as an installation CD, while I have been interpreting it as a Recovery CD.

Is there any labeling other than "1" and "2" on the CDs?
 

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My 2 cents.

I'm with Frank.

Have you checked out the condition of your hardware?
Memory test?
Hard drive tests?
Prime 95 test?

That's really old hardware and replacement parts are going to be difficult, if even possible, to find if needed.

Personally, if the hardware was in tiptop shape, If I had to use that computer, I'd probably repurpose it with a Linux distro that runs well on old computers and yet still safe enough to use on the Internet.
 

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Then give up... lol Windows XP is not that big.

A MS XP install CD wouldn't be very big, but a factory restore setup is likely to have some additional apps on it. So size depends on the OEM and what they added which would be???
On my old XP computers, I never was given any restore CDs. Just a restore partition and the option at first run to burn a set of restore CDs which I never bothered with.
I burned drive images after I added the additional apps I intended to use.
 

Krish108

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Yes you are right. Thank you! Actually my IBM PC did come with a recovery partition but the F11 prompt does not come up when booting up. This started happening after doing a clean install of Windows 7.
 

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Yes you are right. Thank you! Actually my IBM PC did come with a recovery partition but the F11 prompt does not come up when booting up. This started happening after doing a clean install of Windows 7.
If you deleted the partitions to install Windows 7, then that may be why... or the Boot Sequence was changed not include the partition.... it's been too long ago for me to remember.
 

Krish108

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I think the recovery partition somehow became currupt after doing a clean install.
 

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If the factory reset disc kit you have includes 2 CD's, the one that has 650 MB of used space will be the one that contains Windows XP.
The other CD will contain the devices drivers and any extras.
Note: You didn't say if the factory reset disc kit is for Home Edition or Professional or Media Center Edition, and if it contains Service Pack 3.

If the disc drive is set first in the boot order in the BIOS, your computer should boot from with the CD that contains Windows XP and should start the factory reset procedure.
It's been 18 years since I did a factory reset in a computer that came with a Windows XP factory reset disc kit, so I don't remember the procedure.

I still use Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit in one of my older computers for testing purposes, but it's in a larger capacity DVD that's integrated and contains all the available updates until May 2019.
I have to install the device drivers afterwards, so I have them saved in a separate CD.

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According to this document I found of NetVistas, the a22p models didn't come with recovery CDs. They came with what's called a "Software Selections CD-ROM" which contains the preloaded software but not the OS. If you look through the list, there are other models that came with one Recovery CD-ROM.

http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/withdrawnbook/nvwbook.pdf

Are the recovery CDs official ones or are they perhaps ones you made yourself at the time?
 

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