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WinXP Recovery Console to clean all but OS

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#1 yass


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 02:47 AM

Hi all,

I recently made a new computer and moved to it.


But i do lots of programming development and need to support xp. I have my old machine, i transferred all files over. Now I want to just clean up xp and just keep the os on there and then install firefox and do my addon development and other firefox related programming testing on there.


I installed recovery console but i dont know how to "semi-format" meaning just leave the os. Can you please help me to accomplish this.


Basically I want to do a system restore to the point where the os was just installed fresh.



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#2 ElfBane


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:29 AM

Bring up the Recovery Console. Select the first (top) option "To set up Windows XP now, press Enter".


This will do a clean install of WinXP,,,  NO PERSONAL DATA WILL BE SAVED!!! You will need your XP install disk to do this, unless the PC in question has a Recovery Partition.  If the PC in question has a Recovery Partition, then you will need to refer to the PC documentation on how to do a Recovery. In either case, a CLEAN install of XP is the result. You may also need the MB driver install disk, depending on your setup.


Now you will be faced with the slog thru the Windows Update process that occurs with a clean install of XP, which is a chore, unless your copy of XP had SP1 slip-streamed. Then the process is somewhat easier.


There is no way to do exactly what you want without just manually removing (via Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel) all programs you have installed over the PCs life.


Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:34 AM

Hello there,


Have you considered installing "VM VirtualBox" in your main machine and then installing Windows XP within VM VirtualBox. It will be great for testing purposes where you can create snapshots of your VM's and revert to that point in time when needed.  


Hope this helps!

#4 yass

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:41 AM

Thanks very much guys. The problem is I don't have the XP CD :( Is it not possible without it?

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:43 AM

System manufacturer and model?



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