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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by seany, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. seany

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    I bought a time pc in april it never came with a install disc, they wanted £50 extra for it. I thought that was a ripp and said no thanks i'll sort my own out. 8 months on i've not sorted one.


    Can anybody tell me how to do my own, because i have no idea?
     
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    What do mean by an install disk:

    (a) A CD Rom containing the operating system?
    (b) A boot disk?
    (c) An emergency recovery disk?

    If it's (a), then your should have a copy of the operating system on a hidden partition on the hard drive.

    If it's (b), head over to www.bootdisk.com

    If it's (c), search for "emergency repair disks" in Window help and follow the instructions.
     
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    I think it will just be a copy of xp and all the drivers for the hardwear and bios (setup i think). Just the one's you get with a new pc i guess, in case you have to do a fresh install

    Where's the hidden partion bh ?


    What i don't know about it is boundless mate:blush:
     
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    If you are after the Windows install CD then as long as you have the sticker on the side of the PC to confirm it is an origional licenced edition then anybody with that version could legally copy their CD for you.
    You would be able to get the PC up & running and then download all other drivers off the internet.
    If you want an emergency full system restore CD(s) then you will need to buy something like Norton Ghost. This basically makes a compressed copy of everything on your HDD to either another drive or CD's/DVD. If you should then get a virus then you just reinstall the whole PC from the ghost image.

    Mark.
     
  5. seany

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    Thanks lads

    Mark, i have the sticker, will norton ghost do a full install, including xp? Won't it ask for the xp lisence code when i reinstall?

    I'm green at all this mate
     
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    Norton Ghost does not do an install as such, so no install code is required. All it does is take a snap shot of your HDD and then when you restore all it does is put everything back exactly as it was when the image was made.

    If you do need to reinstall XP then the install code is on the sticker on your PC's case.

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