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Microsoft Xp Recovery Mode


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#1 Shevie

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:58 PM

Hello,Before I start, I would like to say why I am doing this. I would like to delete all files, programs etc. on my C drive but not the OS. I was told that formatting my computer is a no-no because it would delete the OS and that I should try the recovery mode. Thing is I don't have the CD so i saw http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-install-the-windows-xp-recovery-console/ but it would not let me get through the first step when I put in the C drive because my computer says that c:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons" is not available so i was stopped in my tracks. Is there another method to get this recovery onto my computer ( I know I had it before, but I don't know what happened to it.) or is there another way to do what I want without have to use the recovery mode? Thanks for your time.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 07:30 AM

System manufacturer and model?

I can tell you flatly...the only way to remove everything other than the O/S...is to delete the existing partitions and do a clean install of XP. Whether that install is done by using a MS Genuine XP CD or by using OEM-supplied recovery/restore disks...only matters as far as content installed by the effort.

The XP Recovery Console is a tool that is used to repair, not reinstall. It can only repair some problems, not all...and it has no impact on malware or hardware difficulties.

<<I was told that formatting my computer is a no-no because it would delete the OS and that I should try the recovery mode.>>

Who told you this...and what are the circumstances that led to such a statement?

<<Thing is I don't have the CD...>>

Well, you need to try to acquire such if you want to do what you have stated as your goal.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:09 AM

Ok, thank you for your time. That's what I needed to know then. Its an emachines computer T212 model I believe. I'm not at my computer right now so I can't be sure but thanks for clarifying.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:45 AM

Easily done, happy computing:).

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