Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:50 AM
Your backups are still stored on your system - so a complete restore to factory specs will wipe them out.
It's advisable to backup your files/folders/data/email/etc to another drive or to CD/DVD before doing this. If you don't do this, it's unlikely that you'll be able to recover your data.
There is an option (I don't know if IBM's support it) to do a non-destructive system recovery (also known as a repair installation) of Windows. This will restore your Windows installation without affecting your programs or data. There's instructions here for the generic method: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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