Ok, if you haven't got the disks, we still have some options, but you will need a copy of XP same as yours home or pro that is, your license key and a two, possibly three programs, Norton ghost or similar, driver magician and everest.
First run a ghosting program in case this doesn't work to make a backup, but I have had few problems to date.
Run driver magician putting all the drivers into a folder to be put onto a cd or USB key, don't worry about registration of driver magician for now, also back up all the stuff you want to keep too.
Next, place the XP cd into the laptop and install making sure that it is the same type (ie home with home, pro with pro) etc., your license key will be under the laptop but if your can't read it, use magicjellybean program to retreve your key number before you install the new XP.
After reinstalling the system, we have those drivers to put back.
press; winkey + r
look to see how many drivers are missing(yellow blobs on icons)
One at a time
right hand click; a yellow blob
choose: uninstall and click it.
top of winder "scan for new material"
direct browse to the folder made by driver magician
let it install,
allow the comp the reboot afterwards and repeat process until there are no more blobs.
Ah but, driver magician sometime doesn't find all the drivers for you, so you have two choices, best is just to go to the maker's site and look up the model and normally there one has the missing drivers. Or if it is something that you have added apart and don't have the driver cd that goes with it, you can install everest and it will show you which drivers are missing in blue, and clicking of the blue lines it gives it will take you to the maker'a site sometimes directly to the download page.
Alot of laptop makers put ghost images on your harddrive as a form of easy backup for you, which is good until either you lose the cd that triggers the backup into working, or simply the harddrive dies, period where you then have nothing. I suggest you make a backup image yourself of your system with something like Norton Ghost stored outside you computer. I myself don:t like reinstalling to factory state much because if it issomething like Dell, Sony or Toshiba there is a mountain of crapware that then has to be got ride of.
Forgot one last point, data you can back up, programs you will have to reinstall(stuff like office 2003), you will need to activate XP again, and put on those updates, SP2.
hope this helps, sorry about my english but at least your comp will be malware free for a day or two(perhaps AVG with ewido then)
Edited by fleamailman, 29 August 2006 - 12:58 PM.