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Restoring To Factory Setting

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 08:23 PM

Hi all,

I'd like to restore my IBM thinkpad back to it's original settings in order to get rid of all the junk that's on here.

I want to start off with only the programs that originally came on the system. But I don't want to lose my music/pics/word documents and such.

I have done a back up of my files. If I revert to the original settings will I be able to get my stuff or will it be lost forever?


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Posted 24 November 2006 - 08:29 PM

How did you back up your files, and where are these stored?
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:03 PM

Start - Accessories - system tools - back-up files.

They are in my documents folder and the icon is looks like a cassette tape with a magic wand, and a red arrow pointing to what appears to be a hard drive or something.

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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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