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Windows XP Recovery DVD/CD

by PudgyOne / February 27, 2007 6:31 AM PST

My son has a Compaq Presario Laptop. It did not come with a recovery DVD/CD. I have an external DVD burner and would like to burn a Recovery DVD/CD for him.

I would like step by step directions on how to do this. I only have to do this for the one laptop, we purchased Recovery Disks for the Dell and HP Pavilion laptops. My wife didn't think about this when purchasing it for Christmas. I am not worried about the other programs that he has in it. Just wanted to make Recovery disk for Windows XP for that system only. Please try to keep it simple for me.



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Couldn't tell you
by jackson dougless / February 27, 2007 6:44 AM PST

Sometimes there will be a recovery partition on a system that contains more or less everything you need. Sometimes there's even an included program to make a recovery CD or DVD from those files, but not always. There's no way to know whether or not your son's laptop falls under either category.

You should be able to buy a set of these discs from HP/Compaq if you call and ask about it. You could then make backup copies of those once they arrived.

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Just recently happened across
by tcantrelln / February 27, 2007 8:03 AM PST

a website of instructions how to do this, hinged on the completeness of the i386 folder somewhere on your hard drive, you learning your install key, and am xp boot bin file (something like that) google for 'Make your own recovery cd' or something like that. Belarc advisor will find your key buried in your registry. (Among a lot of other things)

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For Compaq and HP computers - Read
by lacsr / February 28, 2007 12:18 AM PST
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