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After system recovery

Hi there,

I recently did a system recovery on my desktop (HP pavilion 504n - window xp home edition). After the recovery, I manage to get all my files in "My Documents" but many programs were delete. However, my c-drive free space remained the same as before the recovery.

Here is what I did after the recovery.

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure what your question is.

In reply to: After system recovery

Hi there.

I'm not sure what your question is. That HP web site you gave a link to refers to "Taking Ownership" of folders and files after experiencing some problems with accounts in XP. I assume that worked for you.

But you mention that many programs were deleted. That would be normal after a system recovery as the Registry is replaced with a new one, and all the programs you installed yourself will have lost their registry entries.

The only way to resolve that is to re-install all those programs/applications. There is no shortcut to this.


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In reply to: Not sure what your question is.

Sorry if my question isn't clear. I was wondering why my c-drive free space is still the same, even after the recovery and how do I fix it.

Are you saying that I have to re-install all those programs and uninstall them to get the free space back on the C-drive? The surprising thing is that the program files are still there, but the program itself doesn\t show on the "add/remove program" list.


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Newer recovery options are...

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1. Save user files and restore OS.
2. Wipe out all files and restore OS.

Be careful here since many don't have proper backups of their files.

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Let's try it this way ...

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Your room is messed up and you, your wife, or mother "restore" it (clear off the top of the dresser, clothing in hamper or drawers etc. (system restore does this by removing visual clues and links to what was previously in view).

You can't see what was previously available but nothing was actually removed from the room but the dust and empty pizza boxes (registry entries and some few system files) - room itself still contains pretty much the same amount of clothing (files), and furniture (folders) that it did before until YOU physically remove or re-enable them with a re-installation (open the drawers and closets to see what is where) which adds entries to the registry (makes you aware of where things are located).

In short, a system restore only changes registry entries and a few system files - it uninstalls nothing.

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Yes, that's what I am saying.

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Sorry, but after a System Recovery, (I assume you meant a repair installation or some such and not a simple System Restore), if the registry entries for those programs/applications are removed, the only way you can get them working again is to reinstall each one.

The old program .exe files and and other files and folders may still be there, but the OS cannot use them. That's why they do not appear in Add/Remove Programs either.


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