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Turning backup partition into a rescue CD - HOW?!


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:00 PM

A computer I have been given has become inaccessible. I need to reinstall Windows, and the only copy these people legally have is the restore partition on their hard drive. I have successfully managed to use tools that let me boot the machine and copy all the files I need to a USB key.

I now need to turn the files on the USB key into a CD-ROM/DVD in order to create some bootable media for the machine to reinstall from. Windows has errors when it tries copying some of these folders and files off the key, and poweriso won't build project - it wants to just keep opening folders, instead of copying the whole folder (and directory structure) to the CD project.

What do I need to do in order to create this restore windows disc?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:04 PM

What brand is it ?
If it has a reinstallation partition you should be able to reinstall from it.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:20 PM

You may want to read http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwin...setupdisk.shtml

FWIW: A backup partition...is not the same thing as a restore/recovery partition.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:24 PM

HP Compaq nc 6320

...how do I reinstall from it? I always thought the partition existed to be copied like a system restore disc that some places don't include with the purchase of a machine. (I need to go look at retail computers. I've forgotten what's supposed to come with them and how they work anymore.)

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:36 PM

As long as you know the product code number you can use any Windows XP CD to reinstall the operating system. Just make sure you use the right XP CD (Pro or Home).
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:51 PM

All I have is a copy of XP Pro that was made for VLK licensing. The version of XP Pro on this laptop is just XP Pro, single license that's on the bottom of the machine. Will my disc work? I thought VLK copies didn't like single licenses and vice versa?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:00 PM

It might not work but it's worth a try. You may need to phone the Microsoft hotline if it won't activate correctly. I have never called the hotline myself but I've heard they are pretty reasonable if you explain the situation.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:17 PM

I would like to run recovery console if I could first, but you need the local machine's password for that - which the user doesn't know. Are there any IT tools designed to let us bypass that? Like linux has a sudo command where you can just one-of a command line and go, without actually being logged in as the local administrator? Or is starting over pretty much the only recourse I have to offer this guy?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:25 PM

I'm sorry but we don't allow discussion of ways to bypass passwords on this site.

You could try a repair install:

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:29 PM

"sudo" is a legitimate tool built into the system to allow that kind of access. Does Windows have such a thing? That's pretty much all my question was. Not asking for hack, cracks or illegal things. I was just asking if, built into the old DOS command lines that still work in places like recovery console, is there a place/command built legitimately into the system to allow someone access to fix things.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:42 PM

According to the Compaq website you may be able to do a recovery by pressing F11 during boot (before Windows tries to load) to access the recovery menu.
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