You are much better off buying and using an image backup software system like Acronis True Image when you have an OEM system and ''restore'' partition or discs. The factory restore process returns you to the purchase state of your computer...and you lose all your data and after purchase program installations and tweaking. An image backup alllows you to restore your computer to the state it was at the time the image is made. Restoring your computer to a known functioning state with programs, registry, drivers, and data intact is then a 20 min process, rather than hours of work with the factory restore, IF you can lay your hands on all the program discs you have, and have adequate backups of your data. True Image is only $49 retail and well worth the investment for peace of mind. Remember, it is not IF your hard disc will fail, but WHEN your hard disc will fail. For convenience, I like backing up my image on an external hard drive that is left disconnected from the system and power when not in backup use, and the backup image further backed up to a set of dvd discs as the ultimate security for the computer.
I had to reinstall everything on a Toshiba Satellite laptop. That means using the Toshiba ''restore'' disk and wiping everything out. I first used Windows ntbackup and Roxio CD Creator 6 to save folders with photo's and a few other things. The 'bkf' file was so large that it was spread over 9 CD's. After re-installing the Toshiba setup, I installed ntbackup and tried to restore my backup. I got a message letting me know there were unrecognized elements in the file and it could not be restored. Some checking indicates that the ntbackup file does not work with the home edition of XP. So - Is there a program which will allow me to restore these photo's? Or will ntbackup program work with XP pro edition? Any helpful input - even that which says 'What a bozo' - is welcome.