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reset xp home to factory settings w/ no cd


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#1 nats4584

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:23 PM

I am trying to sell my laptop and I want to do a reinstall or restore to factory settings or if there is a way to just do an easy fresh start on the computer. THe only problem is that I have no cds for the computer. How do I go about fixing this issue as soon as possible. Thanks

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:58 PM

THe only problem is that I have no cds for the computer

If no CD's were provided with the laptop, then there was probably a recovery volume added with the laptop. You can perform a full recovery (aka a fresh install) by booting through that volume when you restart your computer.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:03 PM

How do I boot through that volume? And how do I know what volume it's on?

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:16 PM

Hi!

If you open My Computer, you should see your active partition (usually your C drive). If you spot any other partition that you've not created on your own (for example, mine is called "HP_RECOVERY"), that will be your recovery partition.

If such a volume exists, then it's highly likely that you can boot through it as follows:
  • Restart your computer
  • When the computer screen goes black and your POST data is displayed, you'll see a message on the screen along the likes of "Press {} to access boot list"
  • Press the button and you should see the recovery partition there, or something along the lines of "Restore to factory Settings"

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 03:41 PM

If you are a little confused what you should be seeing is if there is more then one hard drive listed in My Computer, if you see a second or even a third drive double click it to view its contents. You will be home free if like mentioned above you find the recovery drive.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:53 PM

unfortunately, I don't see another partition. I have the xp home oem software downloaded to my desktop. Is there any way to make that into a bootable cd or move that to another partition or through the command prompt?

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:47 PM

Manufacturer and model of the computer?

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:46 AM

Toshiba satellite m35-s359.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:13 AM

Try taking a look at the documentation for the system.

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su...amp;x=8&y=5

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I just looked at that owner's manual...it's not very enlightening/useful, IMO, when it comes to information on how to reinstall XP. Their basic premise seems to be...you'll never have to reinstall :thumbsup:. There is a brief mention (circa page 90) about of "recovery media" which would allow backup/restoration of programs, utilities, and drivers...but no mention at all of restoring XP.

Worth a look: http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-68313-h...iba-recovery-cd

Edited by hamluis, 29 July 2009 - 11:24 AM.





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