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Define Recovery Vs Boot Disks


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#1 tos226

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 08:53 PM

Dumb, basic, question:
I read this tutorial (Recovery console)
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/...ial117.html#use
I thought it's a good idea to have a copy on c drive. I'd like to have a method to boot the computer and get going when something fails. I've owned this computer for a year and a half or more. Time to do something intelligent.

I see no sign of Windows XP on that CD, so I cannot follow the tutorial along.

So I found another tutorial about OEM variant of software. I don't think, after reading this, that I have a windows CD. Yet, apparently, you can recover Windows from it. How it it doesn't exist? All I have is my own, completely legitimate "Recovery and Applications" disk of some sort that came with the computer. WindowsXP was preinstalled. So what's this CD good for? Installing obsolete (XP-SP1) stuff?

Can someone unconfuse me please? Few basic steps to get me started would be welcome.
And what's the difference between a boot disk and this recovery thing? Don't I need a simple boot CD, like the A: floppies had before CDs came around?

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 08:40 AM

All I have is my own, completely legitimate "Recovery and Applications" disk of some sort that came with the computer. WindowsXP was preinstalled. So what's this CD good for?

Using a recovery disk will restore your system to the original state when you first got your computer. This saves you the time/trouble of having to reformat but you still must reinstall all patches, updates and applications you use.

A boot disk is a specially made floppy disk that allows you to boot from a diskette instead of your hard drive.
http://www.bootdisk.com/

How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994

Other options:
Ultimate Boot CD: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows: http://www.ubcd4win.com/
EzReload Boot Disk: http://ezreload.com/bootdisk/

The BC tutorial you refer to is for using Windows Recovery Console. This is a special boot up method that is designed to help you recover when your Windows-based computer does not start properly or does not start at all. Microsoft recommends that you use the Recovery Console only after Safe mode and other startup options do not work. The Recovery Console is recommended only if you are an advanced user who can use basic commands to identify and locate problem drivers and files.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654/
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 10:14 PM

Thanks much. It helps somewhat. Your definitions are clear. I need to study the links you provided.
I looked at Microsoft first, and they talk about floppy. I don't have a floppy drive. Don't yet imagine how it would work - Microsoft says to have 4 blank floppies ... I just don't get the complications. What I think I want is just a simple CD from which I could boot if needed. Clearly I opened a can of worms for myself :thumbsup:

BTW I have no problem talking through a DOS/cmd window, I know a bunch of older commands, but for some reason I have trouble applying any of this to this system.

Edited by tos226, 19 February 2006 - 10:17 PM.





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