I have an HP NCC6400 laptop that is running WIndows XP professional.
I bought the laptop preloaded with XP pro and do NOT have any of the installation discs etc.
Due to registry problems (like an idiot, I tried a self-fix with registry entries and deleted/altered entries I shouldn't have) the keyboard and mousepad are unresponsive in Windows (both in "normal" mode and in safe mode). Windows XP boots up but the cursor just hangs in the middle of the screen. I performed the registry edits in an attempt to fix another problem (Windows wouldn't recognize the DVD-CD drive) and when I rebooted after making the changes, the keyboard-mousepad problem occurred.
I did backups of the registry prior to doing the registry changes.
I also created system restore points before making these changes.
A few months ago I did an entire system backup using the utility in XP. This created a bkf file on an external hard drive. I also backed up all of my documents RELATIVELY recently.
The recovery console of the laptop works (keyboard operates in recovery console) but I don't know how to run a system restore from the recovery console.
Again, I don't have the installation discs that came with the laptop.
How do I do either of the following:
* Restore Windows XP Pro to a restore point from the recovery console
* Restore Windows XP from the .bkf file on the external hard drive.
If I cannot restore or repair XP, then I want to retrieve the files/programs on my laptop. I have access to another PC (running Windows 7) and also have an external hard drive.
With the laptop in the recovery console, how do I copy files from the laptop's hard drive to either the hard drive of another computer OR to the external hard drive, so that these files can be retrieved when I buy a new system?
Any help you can offer would be GREATLY appreciated.