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OK...so, I posted a while ago about how an HP Pavillion would not boot for me upon a restart (I was trying to clean it up for someone and my daughter pulled the plug out of the wall in the middle of installing XP updates). I tried EVERYTHING to get it to boot and nothing worked. This person had to call HP and fork out $23 to get an reinstallation CD (Win XP) since her PC apparently didn't come with any.

ANYWAY...she left them for me. Can I just tell you there are SEVEN of those bad boys???? WHY are there seven of them?? They are labeled "recovery" and I am guessing this is everything (XP, drivers, etc).

The flier that came with them stated "If you can boot, save data blah blah" and then something about if you can't, everything will be lost.

Is this true for an install over Windows? Does anyone know if I can even just install OVER Windows with these things? I was hoping that booting from the CD ROM would make something come up and I could just reinstall without losing what is on the PC.

Possible? I know I have done it with my Dell's CD before.

Help!
 

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It sort of does....I mean, I know that with my own disk(s) I can do it that way, but I didn't know with these HP ones if that is what I would get to be able to do, as well (repair w/o losing info), because of what the pamphlet said that came with it.

Think it should still give me the repair option?
 

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carrie640 said:
It sort of does....I mean, I know that with my own disk(s) I can do it that way, but I didn't know with these HP ones if that is what I would get to be able to do, as well (repair w/o losing info), because of what the pamphlet said that came with it.

Think it should still give me the repair option?
I think I got what you need http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/140587.html read Response #2.
 

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It might give you the option to repair install, but most of the time OEMK cds are just a Norton Ghost image that wipes and restores everything from the factory. So those CDs have so many because they don't just have XP, they have all of the preinstalled junk that came with the PC.

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Quizme....GREAT thread...thanks for posting it. I am going to give that a try and see what happens.


BMR.....do you think that if I try that (above), it WILL wipe things??? UGH! I know she doesn't want to lose anything and if I try to do this, I am afraid that is EXACTLY what is going to happen!
 

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Well, the Standard Recovery may not wipe the drive, but there is no way to be sure unless you try. You could insert the disks and look for any warning about a format, data loss, etc, but then that is risky. Also, you may want to go and take the hard drive out of the PC. Put in a new HD. This way you will install on a new HD and your data can be transferred from the old one. (Known as Slaving the Drive) This should work unless the CDs check that the HD is HP OEM or Similar.


If you have another computer (I am assuming the one that died is a desktop) you can also slave the drive BEFORE reinstalling. Make sure the PC you are hooking it up to has GOOD ANTIVIRUS on it!!! Hook up the drive to the SLAVE IDE Cable and set the jumper on the back of the drive to "slave". There should be a diagram on the back with the settings. Boot Windows, and burn the data to CD/DVD. You will need to then take the disk out, reinstall, reinstall the programs, and then transfer over the data.

Your best bet would be to do a Full Recovery, but this will more than likely delete everything. You can maybe go to a PC shop and have them back up files just to be safe.

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That is a great idea....I will take that HD out and stick it in my dell and see if I can access stuff. Thanks:)
 
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