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Is there another way to load windows without reformatting?

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#1 ynn3j


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:54 AM

I recently reformat my desktop. OS windows xp professional Pentium 4. its an old desktop bt its very usefull to me coz my 5yr old daughter uses it.

I paid a technician to reformat it coz the dvdrom is not working.. just recently done that. dont want to pay again. How can i load windows without reformatting?

When i start the desktop its only until loading memory etc then black screen. i tried
1. Press F8 to run in safe mode. ddnt work. it only reads bunch of letters then stop. i had to restart.
2. Press F8 again and tried last known configuration dat works. It was just black screen.

Sorry not techy...
What to do?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:23 AM

My suggestion...replace the optical drive.  Many are available for $10-20, which I suspect is far less than one would pay any 3d-party to reinstall Windows.


Assuming that you actually have valid install CDs...that would be the way to go.


If the system is an OEM (made by HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.), then there may be a built-in restore-to factory-defaults mechanism on the system.  These normally depend on hidden partitions created by the manufacturer...if the hard drive has been previously totally formatted by someone where all existing partitions were deleted...then the restore-to-factory-defaults option would not be able to do what it was designed to do.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:32 AM

Thanks Louts...Sorry for the late reply..il try that..but before that i wanna know what this means...i tried System Recovery but it froze at




that is the same were it froze when i tried running under safe mode. 

Edited by hamluis, 02 March 2013 - 08:43 AM.
Typo corrected - Hamluis.

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