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Question about using Operating System CD for system recovery

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by current1y, May 8, 2010.

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  1. current1y

    current1y Thread Starter

    May 8, 2010
    I am trying to do a system recovery back to the original condition and I have taken what I need to save. I have talked to HP tech twice and 1 told me I need to buy a special automated recovery cd from them. The other said not to do that and I need to use the two cds I have (1. operating system cd, 2. Applications and Drivers dvd). Operating system is Windows XP professional on a HP laptop.

    I have completed the following steps. Can any one tell me if I am doing the right thing?
    1)I put in the operating system cd and shut down the computer.
    2) I started it back up useing the cd (by hitting any button when it asks).
    3) I press Enter on the next menu to "set up windows xp now"
    4) I press F8 to agree to license agreement
    5) I press ESC "to continue installing afresh copy of windows xp without repairing". Below it has the following highlighted "C:\windows "microsoft windows xp professinoal"

    Here is where I am unsure about what I am doing is correct. Below it has highlighed "C: partitional [NTFS] 95k < 18k MB free". It asks if I should:
    A) set up windows on the selected item
    B) create a partition in the unpartitioned space
    C) Delete the selected partition

    WHen I press D to delete the partion (I assume this means a complete recovery back to original conditions). It says this : "The partition you tried to delete is a system partition. System partitions may contain diagnostic or hardware configuration or other manufacturerd-suppilied programs (I assume this more or less means microsoft office). Delete a system partition only if you are sure that it contains no such programs or if you ware willing to lose them. Deleteing a system partition may prevent your computer from starting from the hard disk untill you complete installation of windows xp. "

    Am I on the right track? Should I delete the "C:partitional [NTFS]" partition? I assume the "Operating system cd" I used to start this process is what I need to complete installation of windows xp. And I assume The other "applications and driver recovery dvd" installs every thing else I need to start the computer have have it function.....correct?
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Yes, you can delete the partition; then create a new one in the same space and format it and continue the installation. The warning you see is just that you are about to delete the partition containing the current XP. The drivers CD will have everything additional you'll need, but after you regain internet access you may want to download from HP's web site and install the up-to-date drivers.
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