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Trying to make installation cd - cdrw disc required?


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:40 PM

I think I read somewhere that windows installation discs had to be writable. I'm trying to follow a tutorial on making a winxp tablet edition install cd to do a clean install on my tablet pc. Do I need a cdrw or dvdrw? I'm not sure I can find any locally and I hate to buy a stack of them since I've never gotten the drag & drop cd function to work reliably.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:55 PM

All of my XP backups fit on regular cd's and I only use the cdr not the cdrw.
Never heard that a Windows install disk has to be writeable.

WHats the make & model of your system?
Lots of times manufacturers have a built in utility to create restoration disks.
If I do that I use a dvd disk because of the space it takes.

If you have a local Dollar Store in your area you should be able to get disks there fairly cheap.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 05:02 PM

Windows installations discs do NOT need to be r/w's.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:08 PM

I must agree with Allan and Eyesee on this -

discs had to be writable.

This does not mean Re Writable -
I never use r/w's in 99% of all cases - Someone may have used it for songs or games and I find traces may still exist at the start or end of the CD -
A pack of decent CD/DVD-R or +R (depending on your system) is usually plenty -
For the cost, as Eyesee said, they are throw away now - Looking in the bin at the 3 sitting there -
My XP are on CD , but my Win7 are on DVD -

Edited by noknojon, 28 March 2011 - 10:13 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:59 AM

Thanks to all,

You can't believe everything you read - plus I sometimes remember wrong.

I have a thinkpad 41 tablet and I have a set of recovery discs from lenovo. I reinstalled different times from both the recovery cds and from the hidden rescue & recovery partition on the machine. Both ways put the computer back to the factory state, which includes bloatware and old apps and drivers. This machine has always performed poorly - not just slow but Word, management console and explorer crashing. Either I've got a lemon computer or the lenovo installation process is a lemon or winxp te is a lemon.

I'm attempting to make the winxp tablet edition install cd so I can do a clean install. The x41t would be a great little pc if it would only work.
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WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:55 PM

I think I know where I got confused - a winpe or bart's pe bootable may need to be on cdrw or dvdrw discs. Windows, as opposed to dos and linux, needs to write to the medium it boots from. At least, I read about Bart PE's and I'm thinking that's where I got confused. Unless these pe boot discs install from RAM or a RAM "disk".

Writing to an optical disc is different than writing to the hdd or a floppy, so I don't know how/if that would work.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening




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