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XP Recovery Disk for upgraded (not full installs) XP systems

Question: XP Recovery Disk for upgraded (not full installs) XP systems

I have found many sources of help for XP Recovery Disk options - but only for systems for which the user has a full REINSTALLATION disk - as opposed to UPGRADE Disks from say, ME to XP. Would appreciate any info on how to Recover, or Repair, an XP system, rather than simply rewiping the disk and reinstalling.

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Preferred Solution: XP Recovery Disk for upgraded (not full installs) XP systems

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: XP Recovery Disk for upgraded (not full installs) XP systems

State more clearly exactly what dilemna you are in; what CD's you have and what you want to accomplish...

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I had psoted the recovery problem about 20 days back. Still the authorised HP service centre is unable to resolve the porblem. It is more than 30 days since i reported the problem and escalted the issue to the service head at HP. It appears the team is clueless on how to resolve the issue. As the image size is more than the limit specified, i am unable to attach the error encoutnred. The recovery disk was received from HP Singapore, as the laptop was purcahed from Singapore. I live in Bagalore, india. Request the forum to resove the issue. thanks,Nagabushan 

Answer:Abl installs windows 8 from the recovery disk sent by HP



I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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The Tecra M2 has been running fine, its a good little machine but running out of space.
I've been trying to install a new HDD 160GB (Seagate) was 60GB (Hitachi).
I've used the recovery disk on the new HDD, it formats the disk, sets up XP Professional, gets me registered with Microsoft OK but when the laptop wants to run Windows it bombs out giving me a blue screen (dumping memory etc).
When the laptop re-starts, in "Safe Mode" the message pops up that the "Installation was incomplete. Re-install setup"
First question:-
Is there a way of "fixing" the installation with the recovery disk?
Another Windows CD XP disk - seems unable to repair the installation.

Second question:-
I've tried doing a complete re-installation from scratch, with the Windows CD - no problem. But then I need to install the drivers - got them off the Toshiba Support OK and I see the recovery disk has a whole lot of "Hotfix's" but the forum thread of 10 June 2006 "Driver needed after installing Windows on TecraM2, gives the order of installation - no problem except I cannot locate "Microsoft Windows XP Professional Step by Step Interactive" anywhere - I've looked all over for it?

Answer:Tecra M2 recovery disk installs but comes up with incomplete installation

Hi Ollienz,

I?m a little bit confused about your posting. Do you want to install Windows from Toshiba recovery disk or normal Microsoft disk? What do you want to do now?

Theoretically the recovery disk could be scratched so the installation can?t be finished successfully so in your case I would try a Microsoft Windows XP disk.

I have done a Google search for this Microsoft Windows XP Professional Step by Step Interactive and I found it?s a security update for the interactive training but it doesn?t seem to be important for driver installation:

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When I first got my x201,I had Win 7 Home and I created the recovery disks. I then upgraded to Windows 7 Professional and I tried to create new recovery but system message said that recovery can only be created one time.Can I create the new recovery to reflect the Win7Pro? Thank you for the help.


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Answer:Create recovery disk - upgraded OS

pit wrote:
Can I create the new recovery to reflect the Win7Pro?
Thank you for the help.
Hi pit,

I don't think that's possible. You can only create recovery discs once and that too of the same version of original preloaded OS.

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I have an HP Envy with a recovery partition. I did indeed create a dedicated USB drive that copied the recovery partition from the partition on the hard drive that shipped with the unit.

I wanted to create a restore registry type of system repair disk as you could in Windows 7. However even though I read that the option should appear in the Recovery Options that says: Create a Systems Repair Disk with a CD or DVD (see System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8), that option never appears.

While I do have Acronis as a backup I would like a quick bootable CD/DVD that offers a registry restore option. But perhaps that is what the recovery partition is for and when the time comes it will offer me that option, not sure (????).

Or may be there is a separate .iso I can downlaod and burn like I did for Win 7 32 bit and 64 bit

Thank you in advance

Answer:Cannot create Systems Repair Disk only Recovery USB


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Hi all,

My laptop was slow in booting up/shutting down. Much to my annoyance is inserted the recovery disk and wiped the orignal My documents folder which i cannot access. Recovery software shows the documents still on the drive. My problems seems to be that i've cloned the system, unfortunately i've down this twice and as such have reduced the capacity. Initially i had to decide which system to select at boot up, but resolved that in some way.. I would love to format the drives and try to reinstall but i'm a bit scared. If I delete both bootini selections will my system boot up as it did before this chaos. As i noticed on a previous thread on system in title in blue and the installed one in black

My XP systems was factory installed to my Samsung R50

File system NTFS

Any help would be appreciated


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We have bought around fifty new Lenovo ThinkCenter computer. Do I need to make the recovery CD/DVD for EACH computer? Or I can simply create the recovery CD/DVD for only one computer and use those to recover anyone in the batch?
I'm used to do make this series of disks:  1 CD-R for the "boot media";  1 DVD-DL for the first "data carrier";  1 DVD-R for the second and last "data carrier".
Is it mandatory to make those 3 CD/DVD for every single computer? Or only doing it on one computer and I will be able to recover any computer of the 50 (they are all the same)?
Thanks a lot.
Mod:  edited Subject line for greater clarity


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Answer:Recovery disk or media creation for multiple systems

You only need the one set of recovery disks, assuming that all the machines are the same, AND loaded with the same version of the OS. (32 bit vs 64 bit)

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I have an asus laptop with a 5400 rpm 500 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my storage to a new 2 TB hard disk. All the forums I have looked at regarding transferring the OEM recovery partition suggest that the new hard disk be of the same make and model as the originally supplied version, which obviously defeats the purpose of this operation.
Is it possible to transfer the recovery partition to a hard disk of different make and model, and how do I do it?

Answer:Transferring OEM recovery partition to an upgraded hard disk

With many laptops, there's a function that allows you to burn the recovery partition to DVDs, so that you can rebuild the laptop even if you have a total disk failure. Do you not have such a facility? That would probably be the easiest way.

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Question: Recovery Disk Full

My HP computer running Vista with SP1 will not back up properly.
The recovery "D" drive is full and when I try to adjust the settings so that it dumps the older backups nothing happens. How can I clear some space on this disk? I would like to be able to back up more frequently but the only fix right now is to keep increasing the size of that disk- eventually I will have all recovery and no "C" drive!

I tried to back up onto DVDs last night but that failed too- the error message read I/O failure.

I have restore disks that I created when I bought the computer. I have never tried to boot from them but I'm assuming that they work properly.

Answer:Recovery Disk Full

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Question: recovery Disk full

Get Low Memory on recovery disk D

Answer:recovery Disk full

Why are you saving data to this "Recovery" drive?

It is there for the use of "System Recover" ONLY. You need to move the data from this drive to another location.

What have you been saving there?

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Question: Recovery disk full

Popup box - "running out of space on recovery D - free up space by deleting old/unnecessary files". When I click & agree there is nothing shown to delete. The recovery disk D is a 6GB partition and shows as almost full. PC is HP6027 with Vista Premium

Answer:Recovery disk full

The recovery disk D partition is what it says, in the event that your computer requires a repair or reset to factory settings, access to these files are required usually booting with a recovery disk. This partition is usually relatively small and in your case just less than 6gig. As a result your pc flags it as being full and asks you to free up space. Best to leave this alone andd ignore the disk warnings

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Wife upgraded system to Windows 10 a few months ago. Constantly received error messages stating that the memory was full.  System would re-boot.  This caused a lot of frustration. I recovered the hard drive to factory settings, but the recovery disk is still full at 93 GB.  I've attemtped to clear everything possible from the system, but I'm unable to clean/free up space on the recovery disk.How do I expand the recovery disk/partitions.  Is there something else I can try to allow more space for the recovery disk?

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When I go into "Computer" it shows my Recovery [D:] almost full. It says there's only 897Mb free of 6.25. Isn't there only different recovery dates on here,and can I clean out this disk? If so,could someone walk me through it? Scares me to attempt it.
If I can empty this,will it help speed me up at all or be of any benefit? Thank you

Answer:Recovery Disk D almost full

Welcome Rosebud
From what you have told us it sounds like those are system restore points. As the D Drive gets full the older points will be removed to make room for the new. Here is some information about those points. Removing them may give you a small increase in speed, but lets learn about them first so that you can make the decision that is the most beneficial to you.
Here is our tutorial on System Restore
I do not think that the main tutorial will be of much help for your specific question. The ones listed later on should be able to provide many answers to your questions
System Restore - How to
Here is one from the list that may interest you
System Restore - disk space
Read the literature, then come back with any questions or comments.

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The pop-up says to delete programs. I do have quite alot of pictures saved. Is that what did it ? What's the biggest Hard Drive I can stuff in a Dell Inspiron 1520 ,and will that fix the problem ?

Answer:Recovery Disk is full- now what ?

If you're low on space, burn off a few DVDs or get another drive and offload some files. I don't know your computer and I'm not bothering to look it up, but I willl say that the largest drives (single physical disk) made are in 2TB capacities (unless something new is out today..?). With RAID, using several drives, you can far exceed this number.

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My apologies if this has been asked (and answered) a gazillion times.

Here's the situation. A co-worker has given me two boxes that need a clean install of both systems' OSs. According to him, they are riddled with viruses and too unstable to use. Both are prebuilt machines, so they came with OEM versions of XP home for one and Vista home for the other, with the stickers on the side of each system.

Unfortunately, my co-worker says the restore media for the pair are long gone. And for the life of me I can't find OEM images of XP and Vista through my "channels". Plus, I fear there are no images on the drives themselves (though I have yet to look, so I could be wrong).

I want to be legal about all this. I want to be able to (re)activate each of these and be on the up and up. I recently purchased a Technet sub and do have access to retail images. And I've read that the key, not the media, makes the difference in what version of Vista, and maybe XP, gets installed.

However, does that hold true for OEM versions? I was under the impression that OEM images contained code not found in retail images and that if you wanted to do something like this, you >have< to use, specifically, an OEM disc, not just any retail media.

Is that true? If not, then I suppose I'm good to go. If so, does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Old systems - new OS installs.

Why not just put that Technet sub to use and grab a Vista HP and an XP Home ISO and serial and be done with it?

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Hi friends My HP Pavilion 10 TS notebook PC partition D recovery is almost full and slowing down my computer. I have read that normally you should not touch that partition but also everyone keep posting that does not take much space of the disk.  Well, in my Recovery partition (D) is 19 GB size where 17.4 GB are taken already.  I did the RESTART PC option and the laptop still slow. Any advice?  Thanks

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Hello! I followed the steps below: However, there is no files shown other than important system files, and my computer still says that the recovery disk D: is full. I have created a screenshot of the issue. Can someone tell me my next step? 

Answer:Recovery Disk Full Windows 10

All Recovery partitions will show as full. Mine shows 1.5gb free . That is because HP  made the partition using minimum required space to store the recovery files needed.

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I keep getting a warning that the recovery disk is out of memory. It pops up every 3 or 4 minutes. Upon checking the disk is full, but the hard disk has plenty of space left. How can I correct for this out of memory situatio, Can I delete some of the recovery disk content?

Answer:Recovery Disk full warning

longball wrote:I keep getting a warning that the recovery disk is out of memory. It pops up every 3 or 4 minutes. Upon checking the disk is full, but the hard disk has plenty of space left. How can I correct for this out of memory situatio, Can I delete some of the recovery disk content?That means that the  recovery partition is setup to have restore points created or that you have inadvertently saved something in the partition. Either will cause the recovery partition to become full.See the following image. The only drive that should have system protection turned on is the C: drive.  

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I have a Dell Inspiron M5110, I'm using windows 7 ultimate but the recovery Disk is driving me crazy, it keeps on bringing up the out of space warning and then it will only automatically clean up maximum of 2MB. I have read many forums about this and tried everything but nothing seems to work and keeps on filling up the free space automatically. It's affecting the computer's perfomance, it is stopping the internet pages from uploading properly, I cant chat or sign in to Skype, so basically the computer is useless to me except for intertainment. What can I do to solve this problem, I have run out of Ideas and I'm just an amatuer at computers.

Answer:Windows 7 Recovery Disk always full

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It sounds as though you have been using the recovery partition to store files, which is why you're getting this message flagged up.

The recovery partition holds your Dell computer factory restore files and should NOT be used for anything else.

I was going to suggest you have a look inside this partition and move or delete any non-Dell files, but as by your own admission you are not computer-savvy yet, it may be easier for you to carry out a Dell factory restore providing you have created a set of recovery discs.

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HP MEDIA CENTER COMPUTER WITH XP. I noted the D disk, labeled as HP RECOVERY DISK when I click MY 96% there a way to delete some of these files, I need this much space tied up?

Answer:Solved: Recovery disk full?

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I apologize if this has already been addressed, but I did not get any appropriate search results. I'm working on a Dell Inspiron 530. Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 I get a message that pops up every few minutes stating that D: Recovery drive is nearly full. I know I can't delete this file and that it is supposed to be nearly full. I would just like to stop receiving this message every time I'm trying to do something on this computer. TIA!

Answer:Recovery Disk Nearly Full - Pop up message

It may have something to do with Windows 10 as its not been 100% verified for the inspiron 530

However if you deleted it you would simply be removing the ability to factory recover it to the windows vista, which is unsupported now, that it shipped with from the factory.

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I get a message that Windows failed.
Status: 0xc000000e
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

It instructs me to insert the windows installation disc, restart, and run "repair your computer".  However, I did not receive an installation disc, only a utilities disk (which does not boot)
What do I do now?

Answer:Inspiron M5030 recovery boot issue. Recovery disk does full restore and starts Win7, which operates fine. But on restart, windows will not boot.

1. Reseat the hard disk drives, reseat the controller and monitor. 2. Perform chkdsk /r on the RAID volume. 3. Run diagnostics on the hard disk drives and controller and replace as necessary.
Additional Information:
Event ID 1001 is logged in the System event log. Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting Date: 12.08.2013 11:23:04 Event ID: 1001 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: Description: The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xfffffa800644ab30, 0xfffffa800644ae10, 0xfffff80001be07b0). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 031214-68266-01 Review of the memory dump files using Debugging Tools for Windows will result in output similar to the following.BugCheck 7A, {fffff6fc40040128, ffffffffc000000e, 6454cbe0, fffff88008025000} Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+36c1a ) Debugging Details: ------------------ ERROR_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc000000e - A device which does not exist was specified. DISK_HARDWARE_ERROR: There was error with disk hardwareBugCheck F4, {3, fffffa8006332b30, fffffa8006332e10, fffff80001b8e7b0} ----- ETW minidump data unavailable----- Probably caused by : csrss.exe CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION (f4)
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I need a way to clear space in my recovery disk because it is starting to make my desktop shut down, i have a lot of VCL media player files on it and I'd like to convince my aunt that I know what I'm doing when I tell her all I have to do is save them to a flash drive and she wont lose them. They take up a lot of space and if I were to delete them, it would probably save the poor computer's life. Thanks :) -Amberhi

Answer:Windows Vista, Recovery disk (D:) is full.

Hello amberhi & welcome to TSF

I don't think less free space in the Recovery drive could lead to shut downs. What makes you think so? Can you please describe exactly when the shut down happens?

Yes, it's completely safe to move the data to a pendrive, but I suggest you get a larger hard drive because over time (a few years), flash drives tend to fail.

You can check out the link Is Your PC Running Slow...? in my signature and follow the suggestions there.

Please post back.

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I had to re-install my 'operating system' windows 7 dvd today and as my laptop was completely cleaned up presumed I also had to reinstall my 'drivers and utilities' disc which also came with my laptop. When I inserted the drivers disc there was no instant start up asking me to download to my laptop as there had been with my operating system disc and as there were so many files I had no idea which if any i had to download. So, I went onto the Dell support website and downloaded all drivers recommended for my inspiron 1545 laptop (14 downloads in total). Anyway, as you have probably guessed I have no idea about these things, so do not understand why i was even doing this, i am clueless. So now, (presuming this is the cause), my c recovery hard disk drive is full (3.80MB full of 14.6GB) and i am unable to download anything. Problem is i have no idea what I can keep or delete and i was unable to compress the files or create more c drive disc space through system restore - configure (as advised by another user).

Can anyone please help??? Remember I am a dummy so please explain in plain english!! Thanks in advance

Answer:Hard disk drive recovery c full - help!

Hello niccih and welcome to Seven Forums. First, I'd like for you to double check some info. You state, " c recovery hard disk drive is full (3.80MB full of 14.6GB)..." On most Dell computers the internal hard drive is divided into 3 partitions. One is the recovery partition. This is around 12 - 15GB and contains the exact image of how your computer left the factory. Another partition is usually called Healthy (or perhaps something else that makes no sense) and is 100MB. This is the boot loader partition that lets you start (boot) the computer whenever you hit the power button. And the last partition is called C: NTFS which contains everything else you've put on the hard drive like photos, files, programs, etc.

Did you mean to say your recovery partition is using 3.8GB out of an available 14.6GB? It takes (approximately) 1000MB to equal 1GB. If you only have 3.80MB being used out of 14.6GB there's no way your partition can be full, let alone the entire hard drive. Can you post a snip or screen shot of your disk information? From the start menu type in "disk management" (without the quotes) and then click on create and format hard disk partitions.

You also said you used your 7 dvd to reinstall your operating system and your laptop was completely cleaned. That sounds like you might have erased everything on the hard drive (including the recovery partition.) If that's the case then you should have only 2 partitions: the 100MB boot loader and the C: N... Read more

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my recovery is full and my drive c is low

recovery drive information

windows 78.33%
USER 6.41%
OTHER 2.45%

Answer:FULL disk space in recovery AND drive c is low

Welcome to Seven Forums!

So you want to free up disk space? You did not state much in your post. =)

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I have recovery discs that came with my HP laptop 8510 workstation.

I use them occasionally to perform a full system restore.

They require about an hour of 'babysitting' to key in the same commands I did last time around.

When I'm done doing so I reload half a dozen of my favorite programs, including Google Sketchup Pro, VLC Player, PDFXchange, and a few others like screen capture utilities.
Recently I wondered if it might not be possible to incorporate ALL of the above on one BOOTABLE media, that I could just insert, click "start" and be done with it.

After a few days of frustrating research I downloaded a trial of Acronis Home 2012 and it seemed pretty straightforward. I followed directions to a "T". Built a 'bootable' drive containing 9.2gb of data onto a formatted 16gb USB stick, and when I attempted to boot off the resulting drive my computer did not recognize it. I did all of the proper F10... assign usb drive for boot.... etc.

I inserted the drive into a working computer and it contains the following..

Local disk ©1.tib
TIB File

Local disk ©2.tib
TIB File
All my attempts to get help from the Acronis forum have devolved into a truly bizarre, sometimes testy, exchange about what it is exactly I'm trying to accomplish. Which is amazing. It's ultimately simple. A is on my harddrive.
I want to put A on a bootable recovery media that I can use to replace A, in it&#... Read more

Answer:how to create a full recovery disk or usb stick?

Your desires...are complicated by the fact that you have an OEM (HP system).

That means that HP devised it's method of restoring a its own unique manner...which means that you may not necessarily be able to use bootable materials to reinstall the operating system.

Your system may require files stored on the hard drive (possibly in a hidden partition) to be used to reinstall the O/S. This makes the process not as convenient as users might want.


Excerpt from HP FAQ linked above:

"HP stopped shipping the Windows XP operating system recovery discs in 2005, and never shipped recovery discs on computers with Vista or Windows 7. The HP Recovery Manager program is part of the original hard drive image on HP computers and can be used to recover the operating system from files stored in a partition on the hard drive without needing recovery discs. It can also be used to create a personalized recovery disc for a specific notebook.

A replacement recovery disk can be purchased for most models. See Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recove... Read more

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my laptop very slow and i have to pull bat and wait 10 sec then reinstall bat just to get online.also get a recovery D disk full box pops up on computer. how to solve.

Answer:recovery disk D is full how to solve problem

One problem is you have been saving data to the partition called D: You have to be very careful on what you delete on that drive. It is usually your only way to return the system back to OEM state.My little internet computer finally got too slow so I returned it to the way I got it from the factory with the restore disks. It came back nice and fast. You may with to consider that route if no other attempts seem to fix it.I support the 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'. A religion doesn't deny my freedom.

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Hello, I am new to these forums so excuse me if I accidentally missed a step in the rules.

Now my computer is a Lenovo Y500 with windows 8. A few weeks ago I heard a friend of mine was having BSOD problems and that his computer stopped booting completely. At firsts I thought that his problem would be fixed shortly and everything would be back to normal soon.


I brought my computer over and had a nice time, we were attempting to fix his computer by switching the hard drive out and changing his computer form windows 8 to windows 7. A USB device was used for that step. The USB device was not fully working so it was tested on the BSOD computer AND my fully working computer. His computer was fixed shortly after and began running again.

I took my computer back home and immediately noticed a slow down so I reformatted my still seemed really choppy and laggy and froze alot. A day later I begin to get blue screens out the A$$ and eventually it comes to a Automatic repair loop. I had to order a recovery disk because my one key recovery no longer worked. I Ordered the recovery disk and bam my computer seemed to be working again after a long recovery process.

Foolishly I took my computer back to the place it seemed to work fine. Upon coming home again. I begin to notice problems and bam my computer tells me that It is in danger back up files or you may possibly lose them.

Another friend buys a new computer and he takes it to the BSOD house. Guess what he got? ... Read more

Answer:MULTI BSOD and crashes even after full DISK recovery!

Hello Huntsman9,

Please check here Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions for BSOD posting instructions. You've included a lot of information but there are no .dmp files.

From your hotfix.txt file you seem to only have 5 updates installed. You should have many more than that - I have 110. Go to windows update and install everything. You may have to do this several times to get everything. It would be a good start.

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For as long as I have had Windows, there has been multiple cases where I would have to just wipe my secondary memory (typically a hard drive disc) and do a completely fresh install of Windows.
This question also applies to if I ever upgrade my secondary memory causing me to have to install it fresh on the new drive.
Since I will be one that will be upgrading to Windows 10 for free, how would I have to go about this? This is assuming that I wouldn't have to until after the 1-year free period.
Would the fact that I originally upgraded during the 1-year period be saved so that I would be able to easily upgrade again?
Would I simply have to create a boot-drive of Windows 10 and use my old Windows 7 Key?
The reason why I am asking is three reasons:
1.) I don't see why if I already have an OS, and it is the OS's fault that I would have to re-install it, that I would have to pay for another copy of the same OS just to fix the problem.
2.) If this hasn't already been considered by Microsoft, I am hoping that this question will bring this impending issue into light.
3.) I also don't see why if I already have the knowledge to do it myself, why would I pay at least $50-$100 for somebody else to do it. This is one of the reasons why I don't use an Apple computer.
If this impending issue (not probable, is Going to happen to people in general) isn't addressed by then, and I have to install Windows 10 fresh, I seriously hope there is going to be a reasonable solution.
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Answer:Future re-installs of Windows 10 if I upgraded for free?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question ...Would I simply have to create a boot-drive of Windows 10 and use my old Windows 7 Key?... Yes.
Simply make your normal Restore Disk after Install... It will base on your Win 7 key.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 with Vista Home Premium factory installed and now I need to install Windows 7. Before doing that I want to make sure I can restore my computer exactly to the way it came if anything goes wrong in the process of installing Win 7 or I needed back my original laptop with Vista.

Figured out the best way to create a complete image of my Hard drive.

Capacity is 320GB
4 partitions - System Partition (C), Recovery Partition, some other 2 small partitions.
I have to modify these partitions and sizes when installing Win7. I want to completely image this HDD so I can get these back exactly the way they are now.

What is the best software I can use and what are the best methods? Please give me your opinions and instructions. Thanks.

Answer:Creating full Image of Hard disk System & recovery partitions (Dell)

(1) Download Macrium Reflect (Free)
(2) Create an image with all 4 partitions selected
(3) Make the linux recovery boot CD
(4) Make sure the linux boot CD works and can locate the image you just made and shows the 4 partitions for selection. Exit.

If the linux boot CD fails to work as will happen on some system configurations you can try in place of the linux CD:
(1) Hirens Boot CD Macrium Reflect is part of the mini XP environment
(2) Macrium pe recovery disk. To make this you will need to download the Macrium Reflect V5 trial and be prepared to do a large MS download of WAIK (~1GB). Macrium guides you through the quite straightforward process.

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I have 2 desktops and 1 laptop in my LAN. They are all running Win 10 Pro 64 ver 15063.

Windows Update is active on all my systems. So why hasn't MS updated any of them to FCU? (Or is this a Good Thing, not being updated?)

Answer:Why haven't any of my systems been upgraded to FCU?

Are you currently running 1703 ? What happens when you click "Check for Updates" ?

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Hello. A relative of mine as well as myself have identical HP Envy 810-430QE desktop computers that were both purchased from Costco.

My relative purchased their HP system towards the end of 2014, and of course they were using it with Windows 8.1 64 bit for quite a few months until the free upgrade to Windows 10 became available during this past summer.

I recently purchased the same system and received it last week. Since Windows 10 was already available, the first thing I did before anything else was to install the Windows 10 upgrade. I chose to delete everything and save nothing during the installation, as there was the option where I could have saved settings an applications. However, I elected not to, because I prefer a much leaner installation without all of the HP bundled software.

What I notice is, my system has Windows 10 PRO 64 bit, while my relative's system has Windows 10 HOME 64 bit.

Why do we have two different versions of Windows 10? Is there any way I can get Windows 10 PRO on their system just as I was able to get it on my system? Both systems are totally legit and are the operating systems are fully activated, as verified in control panel > system. However, my relative's system was upgraded through Windows Update, whereas I upgraded my system through Microsoft's Windows 10 media creation tool.

Thanks you in advance.

Answer:2 Identical HP Systems Upgraded to 10, 1 Has 10 Pro, 1 Has 10 Home?

What version of 10 you get depends on what version of Windows you were running when you did the free upgrade. For example Windows 8.1 gets you 10 Home, but 8.1 Pro gets you 10 Pro. Look under "What edition will I get..." here,

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Hello. A relative of mine as well as myself have identical HP Envy 810-430QE desktop computers that were both purchased from Costco.

My relative purchased their HP system towards the end of 2014, and of course they were using it with Windows 8.1 64 bit for quite a few months until the free upgrade to Windows 10 became available during this past summer.

I recently purchased the same system and received it last week. Since Windows 10 was already available, the first thing I did before anything else was to install the Windows 10 upgrade. I chose to delete everything and save nothing during the installation, as there was the option where I could have saved settings an applications. However, I elected not to, because I prefer a much leaner installation without all of the HP bundled software.

What I notice is, my system has Windows 10 PRO 64 bit, while my relative's system has Windows 10 HOME 64 bit.

Why do we have two different versions of Windows 10? Is there any way I can get Windows 10 PRO on their system just as I was able to get it on my system? Both systems are totally legit and are the operating systems are fully activated, as verified in control panel > system. However, my relative's system was upgraded through Windows Update, whereas I upgraded my system through Microsoft's Windows 10 media creation tool.

Thanks you in advance.

Answer:2 Identical HP Systems Upgraded to 10, 1 Has 10 Pro, 1 Has 10 Home?

What version of 10 you get depends on what version of Windows you were running when you did the free upgrade. For example Windows 8.1 gets you 10 Home, but 8.1 Pro gets you 10 Pro. Look under "What edition will I get..." here,

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Hey everybody,

This is my first post and I am trying out 7 on my Acer Aspire One netbook. I know its not very powerful, but it is running 7 nicely (when it does run..)

In any case, I am dual booting 7 and XP from this 1.6 atom, 1gb ram netbook. The install always goes smoothly and so do most programs. However, I will get BSODs regularly when the system is under load doing lots of tasks. The error messages seem to be different every time. I have gotten volsnap.sys, bad pool caller,and lots more. Superfetch will often crash as well. The screens flash by so quickly I can't always see the exact error messages.

These are appearing after clean installs of 7 with 2-3 programs installed. I have attached one of the minidumps if that would help, but any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance!


Answer:5-6 full re-installs, still BSODs under process load on Aspire One

I got this also.. I think it is an audio driver issue.. did you get music whtn this crashes?

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Full retail and volume license installs of Windows XP SP3

Microsoft is pleased to make available integrated retail and volume license installs of Windows XP SP3, to MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers. Integrated retail and volume license installs are available in the following languages: Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. Additional languages will be made available soon.

Please see the MSDN Subscriber Downloads or TechNet Plus Subscriber Downloads to obtain these releases. The main TechNet resource page for Windows XP SP3 is updated with this information.

We have recently identified a compatibility issue between Windows XP SP3 and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS). Microsoft Dynamics RMS customers should not install Windows XP SP3 until a fix has been fully tested and made available. In addition, Windows XP SP3 will be available on Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center soon.

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Answer:Full retail and volume license installs of Windows XP SP3

Cheers Nick, could do with integrated XP and SP3 cd.

Sadly folks, this route is only available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers, as no integrated XP + SP3 download is available for retail general download, you can however slipstream the full SP3 into your XP CD.

BUT if wishing to do this PLEASE start a new thread on that question as this thread is about the integrated XP SP3 cd.


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Please please please someone help. This problem is getting out of hand. I've posted about this problem, but the posts are getting moved to different threads and no one is replying. So here it all is form the beginning as simply as I can put it.

Not too long ago, I added two additional HDDs to my desktop. I then moved all of my C:/Users files to one of the new HDDs then enabled RAID 1 using Windows Storage Spaces on the new HDDs.

All was working perfectly until one day I tried downloading something or creating a new file (can't remember which exactly) only to get a "disk full" error on D:\, the new mirrored drives. Upon investigation, one of the new HDDs (not new from box) firmware had predicted a failure, so Storage Spaces retired the drive and now says the Storage Space has reduced resiliency, add a new drive then remove the bad one.

As it stands, my computer is useless for much more than browsing the internet. I can't download files or create/edit existing ones. I tried installing AOMEI and Macrium, but both failed so I can't mirror my HDD to prevent downtime. I have another 1TB HDD, but while the RAID 1 ones are WD, this one is Seagate. The only thing I could really think to do was attach another 320GB disk to copy D:\ users in case things go really bad, but for some unknown reason explorer ends up not copying the files. I tried booting into safemode, but this requires using a recovery key and despite that I have a recovery key that matches up with the ID (fro... Read more

Answer:Recovery Key "incorrect", Storage Spaces Reduced Resiliency, Disk Full

The two drives in a Raid array do not need to be the exact same make/model drives. They don't even have to be the same capacity, but the Raid Array will run at the lowest capacity drive in the array.

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I did something bad to my computer, so a friend of a friend said they could fix it. well good news is i still have all my stuff, but very little memory on either drive. my computer is super slow. I have a dell isperion running windows vista. when first turn it on you pick which operating system u want to use. can't i just erase the old one now that i have my stuff on the new one also now? please help!

Answer:two full operating systems

Is this an Inspiron?
What is the service tag?
Look in Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device manager for missing drivers.
These are available at the Dell site.

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I take regular backups of "My Documents" folder onto a microvault USB Flashdrive. But I have never carried out a full Backup of my "C Drive"
I keep a note of all of the Programs that I have downloaded.
1 Is it worth it?
2 Is the best & easiest way onto a External Hard Drive?

Answer:Full Systems Back Up

Most people on this forum tend to recommend Acronis True Image (which I use myself, albeit a very old version) and I find perfect for the job. Google for it and you should be able to pick up the latest version for around £18 to £20.
But there are free alternatives out there. Reckoned to be one of the best is Easus ToDo (click here.
You would need to decide whether to create a full back-up each time or periodically create a full back-up, followed by so called incremental back-ups (which just add changes to the original back-up)
Whichever you go for you will need another hard disk (ideally external in a caddy) to create the back-ups on. If you get a sufficuently large external disk, you can keep several back-up images.

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My colleague is about to purchase a second hand PC
When he first spoke to the sellers son he was told it had win98 os
Now the seller says he has put XP on
If we go to see the PC is there a way we can tell whether he has done a fresh install or just upgraded

Answer:is XP upgraded or full install

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I'm on the 32-bit version of vista. If i turn on remap feature in the bios I see 2gb in windows. If I turn it off I only see 3gb. Wth?

Answer:Just upgraded to 4gb but vista is not seeing the full 4gb!

its simple...u need 64-bit os to see the 4 gigabytes

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I've got a hard disk in my laptop partitioned into to two.

After a year of good service, my laptop is now, from time to time during use, displaying 'disk full' type messages when trying to save a file (Word) or unzip a file (Winrar) and things like that.

I can still access files on the disk, just not write to it, although the problem when it is occurring seems to be intermittent.

The disks aren't full and have over 10% free. When I restart Windows the problem goes away.

I'm guessing there is something wrong with the disk?

Any ideas on how to check for errors/problems or solve this?


Answer:Hard Drive Full Message but Disk Not Full

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I have and Aspire S7 392 ultrabook and recently changed out the SSD from the factory 128 GB to a Crucial 500 GB. When I first got the computer it was loaded with Windows 8.1 but the recovery drive I made at purchase time, and now used to reload Windows on the new SSD, contained Windows 8. It took a long time to do all the updates to Windows 8 before I could install Windows 8.1, and then do all those updates. How can I make a Windows 8.1 recovery drive? I'd rather not have to spend so many hours on updates in the future if I want to reload again. Thanks

Answer:Recovery drive from Acer installs Win 8 not Win 8...

my suggestion is to update to windows 8.1 without installing any third party software and do a system image or clone to an external HDD, so in the worst case, you can revert to a "clean" windows 8.1 image.,26542.html

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I have and Aspire S7 392 ultrabook and recently changed out the SSD from the factory 128 GB to a Crucial 500 GB. When I first got the computer it was loaded with Windows 8.1 but the recovery drive I made at purchase time, and now used to reload Windows on the new SSD, contained Windows 8. It took a long time to do all the updates to Windows 8 before I could install Windows 8.1, and then do all those updates. How can I make a Windows 8.1 recovery drive? I'd rather not have to spend so many hours on updates in the future if I want to reload again. Thanks

Answer:Recovery drive from Acer installs Win 8 not Win 8...

my suggestion is to update to windows 8.1 without installing any third party software and do a system image or clone to an external HDD, so in the worst case, you can revert to a "clean" windows 8.1 image.,26542.html

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This is more curiosity that anything - I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth...
I had two installations of the tech preview: One on an ex-XP Dell laptop for my father to play around with, and one in a VM.

About 5 days ago my dad reported that it had "done something" and I found that it had upgraded to the full W10 Pro version. Yesterday, my W10 (which was running build 10130 in a vm) said there were updates - and installing them, it installed W10 Pro.

Am I missing something here? I know the upgrades are free to 7/8/8.1 - but are they upgrading all tech preview builds as well? certainly nice to have a new Windows 10 machine, virtual or not.
I still will hang onto my main Windows 7s - I don't think W10 is desktop friendly, but and the info may help someone with that old laptop they don't want to spend OS money on.


Answer:W10 Tech Preview upgraded to full version. Huh? Is that expected?

I'm pretty sure if you stay in the Insider program, your tech previews indeed update to Windows 10. Mine did.

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For my Windows 7 installs, after about two days the W7 partition eventually becomes corrupt (see this thread, 3rd post, for similar pictures: Corrupt Disk!!! Help!). No disk check of any kind finds any errors or fixes anything (chkdsk, a few 3rd party disk checking tools).

Oddly enough, my Vista partition has been fine the whole time, and it's survived 3 corrupt Windows 7 installs (and W7 partition wipes).

I've got a laptop running Windows 7 for weeks, but for some reason I cannot keep a W7 installation on my desktop running for more than a few days!

Answer:Corrupt disk (even after three installs!)

Quote: Originally Posted by cal9745

For my Windows 7 installs, after about two days the W7 partition eventually becomes corrupt (see this thread, 3rd post, for similar pictures: Corrupt Disk!!! Help!). No disk check of any kind finds any errors or fixes anything (chkdsk, a few 3rd party disk checking tools).

Oddly enough, my Vista partition has been fine the whole time, and it's survived 3 corrupt Windows 7 installs (and W7 partition wipes).

I've got a laptop running Windows 7 for weeks, but for some reason I cannot keep a W7 installation on my desktop running for more than a few days!

Try disabling your hard drive write cache. Device manager > disk drives > properties > policies.

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I have a Windows7(Home Premium) pre-installed Sony Vaio Nw20SF/S laptop in which i tried to create Recovery disks(2 DVD's)... using Vaio Recovery disk Software(Inbuit). It stopped(or hanged donno) in the middle while creating the 2nd DVD then that was cancelled, but a new partition with no FileSystem is created for about 9.3 GB when i look in the Computer Management tool present.

Now, i have two questions to ask...

1) Does Sony Vaio models with Windows 7 comes with Hidden Recovery Disk Partition(D:... something like that or not)???
2) What to do or how to make use of the 9.3GB partition present???

Please Help.
Thanks a lot in Advance...

Answer:Regarding Recovery disk and Recovery disk partitions in Sony Vaio NW series...

Help please.....

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I have a HP z556 Home theatre PC that I put an Intel dg33bu motherboard in. It use to have a Core2duo 2.13GHz processor and I upgraded a couple days ago to an E8500 3.16GHz Core2duo.

Since I've upgraded:At least one of my case fans is running 100%. With the old processor the same fan would ramp up and down (kind of annoying) but it wasn't as annoying as a fan spinning away at 100%.

When doing a reboot through Windows it doesn't startup. It shuts down but when it tries to start up, the screen stays black. If I hold the power button to shut it off, then press the power button to turn it back on, it starts up fine.
I have the latest BIOS and this processor is supported by this motherboard.

What could the problem be?

I'm mostly concerned with why the machine doesn't startup after a Windows reboot but the fan would be nice to know too.


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Answer:Ordered 64bit Disk 2 Installs?

How does it have a different CD Key? Did they send you another?

Whenever I have done it you just get the disc in the mail and use your current 32bit key...(since the keys are both 32bit and 64bit)

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After believing all of the laborious explanations from "experts" on MS Technet why Upgrade disks must be started from the qualified activated OS, I have just installed a newly-arrived Win7 Premium upgrade disk to a formatted HDD with no other OS present which has activated itself. This is being reported by others in Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Others may have their ideas of what this means. The only thing I can come up with is that MS has shipped full retail product keys with Upgrades, or something is malfunctioning in the qualifying OS-activation-read process from boot (if there ever was one) so that the installer is reading old activation code of a underlying formatted XP/Vista/RC from boot on the disk.

Anyone else have a theory?

This would mean that Upgrade is effectively the same as Retail? WOW!

Answer:Upgrade disk installs to formatted HDD!

You formatted the HDD.
But did you have an activated Windows OS before formatting?

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Yesterday my computer still had 50 percent of its memory left, then today when i turned it on, i only have about 3 GB left I don't know what happened, the only thing i installed that day was an update for windows media player, but it was still fine even after that. Please Help.

Answer:Full Local Disk C Suddenly Full!

Hello,Download this program, it will show you what is taking all the room.Hope this helps

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Hi , i am new to this so any help greatly appreciated.

I have an Equium A100 02L model PSAAQE OOPOOKAV
The hard drive completely failed so i have purchased a new hard drive and installed it , then used the Toshiba Windows Vista recovery disc... all good so far !

Once installation has completed with no errors along the way , the laptop reboots and starts windows , during windows initial setup i get an error message saying "windows setup could not configure windows to run on this computer's hardware" .....

I have tried reinstalling in case it was a glitch but same thing every time ..... any advice and help please

Answer:Recovery disc installs but then says cant install on Equium A100-02L

Did you use the right Recovery disk released for the Equium A100 PSAAQE?
Be sure you used right disk because the image on the disk contains also the drivers and if the drivers would not be compatible with the notebook, the system would crash.

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I have a Gateway MX6650 laptop that came preloaded with Media Center 2005. The recovery disc is labeled as "Gateway Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005".

And yet, when I used it yesterday to format my hard drive, it installed Windows Media Center Edition 2002.

Also, I'm not entirely sure it's just a mislabeled recovery disc. I've used this disc once or twice before, and while I'm not 100% certain that it installed MCE 2005 in the past, I do know that I was able to download and install MCE Update Rollup 2 last time.

Yesterday when I tried installing Update Rollup 2, I got an error saying this update can only be applied to Media Center Edition 2005, which was when I first noticed that 2002 was installed, not 2005.

Any ideas?

Answer:Recovery disc installs wrong version of Windows?

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I had Internet access this morning on my desktop computer prior to upgrading my free avast software to the trial version.
After I upgraded it, I no longer can access the Internet. I'm not sure how or why that happened but I was wondering if you could help me to restore my connection please.
I rang my service provider and they were unable to help.
I'm running Windows XP.
My modem is showing as connected and my computer is picking up the signal from the Ethernet cable also. When I hover the mouse over the local area connection icon it shows that the Internet is connected but the browsers all say Server Not Found.
Please help. Thanks
Phone: 00353862637387.
( PS. This message is from my iPhone)

Answer:no internet connection Since i upgraded my free avast to the full trial version

I found this answer online in an internet forum similar to this one:  See Below:
*** The 2nd Method worked like a charm for me. 
Method 1 is not suitable for Windows XP. ***
Posted by: allen007 Sep 10, 2012 11:53AM
Follow these steps incase your Internet connection is connected but you cant browse using any of the browsers.
You might be able to play games online like CS 1.6,DOTA or HORN but JUST cant access any website.
>> Resolve your DNS settings to that of Google's
1. Go to LAN settings
Control panel > Network and Inernet > Change adapter settings > Right click on local area connections > Properties > Click on IPv4 > Properties >
Use following DNS server address > Preferred DNS : Alternate DNS:
Check validate settings upon exit.
If it still doesnt work then repeat the above steps but uncheck validate settings.
>> WINSOCK reset
1.Go to run and type 'cmd' (Run as administrator)
Type "netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt" and press enter
Type "netsh winsock reset" and press enter
>>DNS Flush
1.Go to run and type 'cmd' (Run as administrator)
Type "ipconfig /flushdns" and press enter
If none of the above methods work then do a boot time scan using your antivirus cos it might be a virus attack thats causing the problem.

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Hello everyone

My sister recently bought the above machine which I have successfully upgraded to Windows 7 (64 bit), however Windows appeared to be struggling with the 1GB RAM installed. I've recently fitted two 2GB Kingston RAM modules on her behalf, but both the BIOS and Windows only appear to be recognising approximately 3.2GB of the installed RAM? I deliberately chose the 64 bit version of Windows 7 as; a) the upgrade advisor confirmed that the system was 64 bit compatible and b) I wanted to be sure that the system would recognise more than 3.5GB of RAM, as I am aware that the 32 bit version of Windows 7 cannot recognise more than 3.5GB of RAM.

The system has an on-board ATI Radeon Express 200 graphics card which is currently set to use 128MB RAM, so I don't think that accounts for the approximately 800MB discrepancy in the amount of RAM being recognised. That said, I downloaded a utility called CPUID which did seem to identify 4GB RAM as being installed, so I can't understand why BIOS and Windows System Properties are indicating otherwise?

Whilst researching this issue online I recall coming across an article which seemed to suggest that the BIOS may need to be updated in order to recognise a large amount of RAM, however I have been unable to locate a compatible BIOS update for this machine. I used to have a Packard Bell PC myself several years ago and I recall the PB website being quite good for downloads at the time, however the search options now app... Read more

Answer:Packard Bell iStart 1369 upgraded to Win7 but not recognising full 4GB RAM?

It's probably normal behaviour, some Ram is used for Graphics and other hardware, see the Microsoft article at the link below for more details :-

EDIT : I would not update the Bios if you can't find an update at the laptop maker's website, the Bios could be a special version unique to that particular laptop.

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when i got my pc it had only 40 gig hard drive space,there is 5.229 gig of programme files install on the c programme files folder,can i copy this folder to an external 230 gig hard drive and delete it to free up space on my main operating c drive or do i have to reinstall the rpogrammes manually to the external drive which is my g drive,this is connected thru usb,what is the best way can anyone tell me thanks

Answer:program installs and disk space question.

Most program files can't simply be shifted as the installation procedure put entries in the registry that tells the PC where to find it. Shift the program folder and it just isn't going to work.If you've got the relevant installation disks or .exe files then you can uninstall from C & reinstall to G as most installation routines will give you the option of selecting where to install the program.At this stage I'd be tempted to leave the C drive programs alone and shift all saved documents, pictures and music to G.

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I have 2 physical disks: disk0 is completely for data, and disk1 has 3 partitions: one for Vista (that I already had), a second where I just installed Windows 7 (to have a dual boot system), and a third also for data.
After installation, I notice that on disk0 there is now also a system on it (according to disk management), which is probably the reason that when I want to make an Image Backup, it is selected by default as well, making it huge.
Is the reason why this happened the fact that my data disk is disk0? Is there a way to remove that system component, move it to another partition?
Before, when I had only Vista, I could create Image BU's of only the C-drive.
Any advise is much appreciated.

Answer:Windows 7 installs a system on data disk

A snipit of your Disk Management window might help.

How did you boot before with Vista on Drive 1 instead of Drive 0? Do you know where the boot files were?

Would it be a problem for you to reinstall Win 7 or Vista?

Is it not an option to leave the Win 7 install on Drive 0 and adjusting the size of the partition if you needed to?

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Had to use Recovery disc recently only to discover, too late, that I had lost the two media creator discs to completer the reboot.

Can't find them on the basic home page - help!

Answer:Satellite C650 - Cannot find recovery discs to perform full recovery

Recovery disk cannot be downloaded.
You can order it for a small fee.

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I am currently running windows vista 32 bit home. I installed the windows 7 ultimate 64 bit using clean installation, choosing drive (C and the installation went fine. The problem arose when It finished. I created my user and other startup stuff. Then when the "Welcome" came up, it quickly changed to "Shutting Down". The computer restarted, but somehow only loaded Windows Vista Recovery afterwards, in which all i could do was repair windows. My only option was windows 7 which was installed, but did not work because it was the 64bit version. I then installed 32bit W7 and the same thing happened. Was able to do the recovery with it though and got my windows vista home back. How can i make this installation work?

These are some of my system specs if they can help.
Gateway FX540S
2 Harddrives. (RAID i believe as it says it as i turn on PC) Harddrive (C is 455GB and holds all my files, Harddrive (K is only 10GB and holds RECOVERY.
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, 2403 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GS

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows 7 Successfully Installs, Shuts down; Starts Vista Recovery

just attempted to format the drive before installing to drive c....still did nothing. Iwas also going to try to extend the drive but that option was not available....

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I recently restored my system to restore point set prior to a failed upgrade to W10 . The restore was "successful" but then... When I boot up, I get normal login but when I enter my password system tells me it is setting up my desktop??  Then it stalls in never never land. When I  boot in safe mode I get my normal desktop but not much works including networking. Most anything I try yields an explorer  error message that the file or resource cannot be found, etc.  Curiously I can open any PDF file with Acrobat and I can even browse and load  other PDF files on the hard disk from within acrobat. I ran boot log and in fact most of the the drivers other than sysroot... did not load. I tried all of the repair options provided by HP and microsoft without success.  So I decided to restore using a set of disks I dutifully prepared when I recently moved my system.  Unfortunately the restore from disk option cannot find the boot file on disk #1.  When I put the disk in another machine I see a normal set of foders including one named "Boot"??I REALLY want to get my system back to what I had when I exeuted  the restore to restore point!

Answer:System Restore issues Recovery from recovery disk set disk#1...

Be sure disc 1 is clean and no scratches and try again,

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Just picked up Vista Ultimate. Full version. Felt like a made a car payment

System is as in signature.

Installed to a second partition (not giving up XP quite yet). Clean install to that partition.

Install went fine.

After first login, Windows installed updates, and restarted.

Windows update showed 3 driver updates for the nVidia chipset. Installed them.

During install, an error bubble flashed up in the system tray. It was really fast, so I only caught a piece of it. Something about "MFT$ File Damaged" or something like that.

System restarted. It ran checkdisk automatically and it repaired what seemed like 1000 files. System rebooted.

That was the last time windows booted. It just self-reboots half-way through startup.

Will not boot up in safe mode. Last configuration no good. Tried to repair installation from the Vista CD. Nothing worked.

Starting over as of right now. Formatted the partition, and installing again.

Anyone else reported this? There is no clue as to which update caused the issue.

Answer:Vista Ultimate Full - Kablammo after Windows Update installs nVidia MB Update

I installed that update yesterday without issue.

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Is doing a recovery on a HP laptop , setting it back 4 weeks earlier, negate all those Window updates recently installed too?

Answer:Doing a systems recovery

Is this laptop Windows 7?Windows System Restore will take you back to 4 weeks earlier (or whatever you specify) and you will have to re-install any programs or Windows updates you have added since. It will retain your own stuff, documents, pictures, music etc.HP System Recovery will remove everything, including your own stuff so you need to back first: on what you are doing this for, Windows System Restore would be the best first option.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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After installing clean Win7 I am unable to recover to factory although my recovery partition is fine. I presume I should fix the original MBR (Intel SSD 160)? How can I reenable full factory recovery? ThinkVantage button and F11 work perfectly, but on the last step (FINISH button) the system says "recovery has been removed from this machine".   Of course, if it's possible to get a registry/system patch/config file/services layout instructions or something from the original burned-in installation so to copy it's batter performance, I'd love to have  a link   Thank you.


Go to Solution.

Answer:X220 full recovery not possible, recovery partition intact

Hi and welcome to the forum!
Check this out:-
"This package does not support Rescue and Recovery version 4.3 which is for Windows 7 operating system. If you encounter the problem in Windows 7, please re-install Rescue and Recovery 4.3. It could also re-enable the F11 function."
It might or might not work, you can use the recovery media you created in any case.
Hope this helps.

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Hi Guys!

I am new to this forum and not very tech savvy so please bear with me! My mums laptop, an esystem 1201, has been getting slower and slower and slower until today it finally gave in. This stemmed from a virus that we got a couple of weeks back, that i got rid of but for some reason its slowed down ever since.
Anyway, we decided today to insert the "backup1" disc into the computer, to do a full system recovery. These were the discs that the "Tech guys" software asks you to create the first time you use the computer, for any such things such as this and the discs were created without any issues at the time. I Put the disc in, came up with all the menus, selected "full destructive recovery" and it ticked away, asked me to take out disc one, put in disc two, then asked me to take disc two out and put disc one in. Did all that, then i get the error message "Error: Recovery image missing Please restart and try again". This happens around stage 3 of 5, which is the "Installing vista" stage.
Can anyone give me any advice on what to do? I tried a couple of suggestions I found on the internet, which included creating another disc but that didn't work. It makes it look as though you are installing vista for the first time, and when I click on "repair" as suggested on the site (Because the disc is not a first time installation disc) it is supposed to find the back up from the CD. Instead, I get a message that says... Read more

Answer:Full destructive recovery - recovery discs do not work?

Just wondering, have I posted this in the correct section!?

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Win 7, I deleted during disk clean up and manually from AppData all files, which includes Chrome bookmarks as well! I tried to restore system to recover chrome bookmarks, but they are not showing up any more...

Is there any way possible to get those deleted chrome bookmarks back, even if it is by any files/data recovery software? is there any way of getting Appdata restored back to its previous state with all temp and data files back?

I noticed after system restore, my recycle bin was showing weird name files, i restored all of them and several time it asked me to merge or copy / replace with existing files, I have only one system restore back for previous date, if it can be helpful, I would like to know the steps to make it useful and effective to get chrome bookmarks back anyway possible...

Thanks for your consideration...

Answer:Chrome Bookmarks Recovery in WIN 7 or AppData itself full Recovery?

Kindly discard my previous Post!

Check Chrome Bookmarks Recovery Solutions Here: windows 7 - Permanently Deleted Chrome Bookmarks Recovery? or AppData full Recovery? Any Level of Solution Available in Win 7? - Super User

Might be helpful in someway for recovering your Chrome bookmarks back.

Thanks and all the best!!

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Electrical superstores selling pc systems with recovery disks instead of the full operating system CD.Are these recovery CD's really any good? I tried to repair a pc with a full xp CD and wouldn't work. If the hard drive goes faulty what can you do? Could you install a new hard drive, then install the system recovery on to it?Some thought should be made before buying a PC with these system recovery CD's.Does anyone have an opinion on this?

Answer:Pc systems and recovery disks

Recovery CDs are better than nothing, and can actually be pretty good for the specific machine as they will reset your PC to the state it was in when it left the factory, with all the drivers specific to the hardware. However, I'd rather have a full system disk.

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I am a new player here, so excuse me if i make a mess of this. I have a Sony Vaiol laptop and am  running vista.  I haven't used it for a lot other than internet, so data limited and space is problem started suddenly when i turned on pc and a black screen with the error message,"disk read error, press cntrl+alt+del to continuie."didnt do it! Wouldnt do anyuthing.Finally, I acquired legal sony recovery disks. And when the screen to choose operating system comes up, there is none so it says apply drivers and im lost, I have no familiarity with hard disk drivers so....but did bring up command prompt in recovery and through luck and lil else, i happened on chkdsk and found it to all check out but it does say NTFS not fat 32, but found no problems. Now Im dumb completely!!! Help if you can.

Answer:hard disk`??? wont reboot even with recovery disk yet all disk checks say fine.

Sony Vaiol laptop.Has problems of its own. It is not piratical to give you guidelines on this laptop. There have been many issues about how to repair and maintain it. The recovery discs should have everything you need.Here is a bit of advice, not really my own, try to sell the unit to somebody that thinks they know how to fix it. Then go buy a new or used laptop that will suit hour needs.The cost of ownership of any laptop is higher that many new users expect. Some more than others.This  may sound like a rant to put down Sony. It is not. Sony has made their own bed of nails. Look at this article from last year:Sony Vaio Laptop Recall: Everything You Need To KnowRead the article. You decide.

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When I first save a new document (mostly this relates to excel) to floppy, it works fine. Usually works second time too. Then I get a message saying that it has problems accessing the drive, or that the disk is full and no more information can be saved. I have also encountered problems opening up existing files. Please help! Am running windows 98, and have run a full virus scan, and tried reverting to an old version of excel, but still get problems. Have also tried a brand new floppy drive to no avail.

Answer:Floppy disk full, but not full!

I don't use Excel, but it sounds like it is trying to make a temporary backup file before saving your new copy. Not enough room on the disk for the file and the temporary backup file. Save your work to the hard disk first, then copy it to the floppy disk.

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Twice in the past two weeks i've installed a game, and on restart seen "BOOTMGR is missing".

At first I thought it was the game. But the second time it was a different game.

I've read a number of the BOOTMGR threads here, and see what I need is to have a better understanding of Disk Management. I'm posting here to confirm what it is I think I need to do...and to hopefully get confirmation about how this occurred as well.

Also relevant, is the fact that i've been learning how to use Acronis for back-up, and about my two SSD's.

Although I recently started a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 74 bit...with only the system drive connected, and later connecting each of my other drives one at a time...something has thrown off the drives position within Disk Management. And i'm sure this is from all my "secure erase" and "restore disk image" changes i've made. Please confirm if you agree. I've even switched my two SSD's so the one that was previously the now a secondary used just for programs.

I've got an image of my Disk Management setup as it is now...attached here. Please have a look and confirm for me that what I need to do is make the "C" drive "active".
I'm not sure if I have to make my other SSD (D:\) _not_ active.
I'm not sure if the 100MB partition "E:\" which is already active...alleviates any need for "C" to be made active.

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Answer:BOOTMGR issue related to game installs, and improper disk management

looks ok.

You can leave the 100mb as system active.

You might want to mark your D partition inactive - to avoid any future complications if you move the drives/connectors around.

I don't know what went on with your game installs.

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Hello guys:
This is going to be my first post, so please execuse any errors

I was just curious about how to make a seperate recovery partition using norton ghost, so you can boot from it, and restore your pc to it's original state (or the factory default), in case your system crashes. These days, pretty much all of dell systems come with recovery partition included in them. I foud this tool very useful comparing to clean installation of windows.

Now that I am building a complete new system, I thought it would be very useful to include this kind of partition in my system. I thought it will be a good idea to find a little more informatiton about this, before I by the norton ghost software .

Answer:Recovery Partition In Dell Systems

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I upgraded to a 256 SSD a while back on my y510p.  Then I did a foolish thing and upgraded to windows 8.1 without making a backup prior to doing so.  Now 8.1 is causing more problems than it fixed and I desire to return back to 8.  When I hit the one key recovery it says there's no partition available.  In diskmgmt.msc I can see the recovery partition.  I did a clone of the original drive which is now 1000 miles away from my present location.  Am I boned? or what are my options?

Answer:recovery partition on upgraded SSD

bobglaub wrote: "... I did a clone of the original drive which is now 1000 miles away from my present location... " That probably is the reason the OKR no longer work. Try reading the hardware maintenance manual of your unit to learn if you can buy OKR disc sets for your unit from Lenovo.

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Hello you guys...

So I really screwed up here, I made my girlfriend buy a laptop ( Toshiba Satellite L630 )and also a new hard drive to replace the one inside it because it is to slow ( 5400 rpm )

I used ghost to clone the disk inside the laptop to the new one that I fitted inside a case that's connected via USB to the computer.

Even thought I double checked everything and that the destination drive was the good one, well the wrong thing happened, the empty disk was cloned over the full one.

I don't think all my data is erased, since there was at least 70gb of stuff on the computer ( 3 recovery partitions and the Windows 7 one ) and I fairly doubt that it could all be erased in a matter of 5 seconds.

I'm booting on a Linux Live system right now to try and see if I can have a glimpse of whatever partitions are on the drive..

Anybody ever had that problem / fixed it ?

Oh and no recovery cd's came with the computer, so I have pretty much no way of accessing the recovery partition...

Help would be really appreciated !!

Thanks in advance

Answer:Ghost cloned empty disk to full disk

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I keep getting a message saying no disk space on 'C', but of 908GB available on my 1TB drive, 704GB is 'system and reserved'. This can't be right can it? What can I do to fix this as I don't want to lose my personal files. 

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Question: lost systems disk

I have an old computer running Pentium II and windows 95 that I am trying to set up for my son it has been stored away for a couple of years. When I turn on I get a message saying "System Disk required" but having searched high and low I can find not systems disk I only have the original windows 95 CD. Is it possible to create one? Or do you know where I could purchase one?Thanks

Answer:lost systems disk

click here for a long-winded approach or just click here and download the Win95 or Win98 bootdisk and boot from it. At the A: prompt type format c:

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Cannot use utube viewing because of adobe flash and/or Java version 6 and spent 4 days and mounting!!!
To use my Windows 7 Systems Repair Disk, would this solve the problem or the mounting problems of downloading/installing adobe & Java versions?
Help please!
There appears to be literally dozens of people with such problems and not heard of any with this problem actually resolved! Thanks

Answer:When to you SYSTEMS REPAIR DISK?

This link is from the Adobe forum Click here have a read it may help.

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I have a Toshiba laptop which, when I press the F12 boot up facility, goes to Aptio Set Up Utility. I have been told that this is BIOS.

I have made a system repair disc but cannot see what is on it, i.e. test it since am unable to access the systems recovery options window (which lists "start up repair"). How can I get this window to appear?

Answer:Accessing the systems recovery options window

Hi Try F8 when starting computer

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An SMS site recovery occurs whenever an SMS site is installed with a site code or site server name that was previously used in that SMS hierarchy. Repairing and re-synchronizing data are the core tasks of a site recovery, and are required to prevent interruption of operations and corruption of data.

Install the SMS Recovery Tools on any recovering site server before you start performing recovery tasks (you can install it at any time, but it is more convenient to install it before starting recovery).

Tool functions:
Preinst.exe: Diagnoses problems in a site, repairs a site, or stops all SMS services at a site.
ACLreset.exe: Resets access control lists used by the SMS Server Connection account.
Unenforce.exe: Turns off software metering enforcement.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003

Disk Space: Approximately 3 MB available hard drive space for i386, approximately 4 MB for DEC Alpha platform systems.

Note: When upgrading a Windows NT® 4.0 domain controller running an SMS 2.0 site to Windows® 2000, the ACLreset.exe tool must be run on that computer before the site can continue normal operations. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base for more information before attempting a domain controller upgrade.



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Am i going to need to get an original HP image and a usb adapter to reinstall the original OS now?my BSOD error code when holding volume down powering on the device, and using the f11 recovery option is,A Required device isn't connected or can't be accessed. 0xc000000f pressing the windows button does nothing. If there is a guide to recover the original OS i would happily accept it!  

Answer:Stream 7 upgraded to windows 10 now cannot use f11 recovery ...

Hi, Welcome to HP Support Forum. You can access f11 for Recovery function BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10, not now. Please try the following way to go back to Windows 8.1 after 30 days. Regards.

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My laptop came with W8.0.  I upgraded to W10 home. But I have to rebuild due to a virus. The only way was to restore W8.0 back then go thru the entire upgrade. Does anyone know how to re-create W10 in the recovery partition? This would save a great deal of time since W8.0 is history!

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I bought a Lenovo Y570 at the beginning of the year which came preinstalled with Windows 7 on a 750GB HDD. I used One Key backup to create DVD images of the installation.I've just bought a 120GB SSD with the intention of restoring the original backup from the OK DVDs I made. WHen booting from the OK DVDs I get an error saying there's not enough space to install on the SSD. I've searched for the error, but haven't found a particular solution, as far I understand the installation should easily fit on the 120GB SSD. Does anyone have any recommendations. Thanks in advance

Answer:Upgraded to SSD, error installing from One Key Recovery

Hi, this link should be helpful Please read TOPMAHOF'S  advice. this in particular ''Once you resize partitions or use a different size hard drive OKR won't work anymore, but you would have the discs. Once the OS is on the SSD, you could use DiscPart or Partition Manager to resize or delete the extra partitions. There's no sense in installing OKR onto the SSD because it won't work anyway''

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I upgraded from Win8.1 to Win10 on my Lenovo Laptop and every thing was fine .Then i went and installed the Nvidia driver for my graphics card and restarted .
On doing the restart i was getting a blank black screen. So then i went into safe mode and installed the Intel graphics drivers that came with my laptop and restarted .

On doing the restart I am always going into recovery mode now . Even if i try to boot in safe mode it goes into recovery mode. I tried even to do the windows repair via the recovery mode but it does not work.

The only thing that i have is the command prompt in recovery mode .
Can I install the latest driver via command prompt in recovery mode ? or how should i fix this issue ?

Please can anyone help . Thanks

Answer:Upgraded Windows 8.1 to 10 .But it always goes into recovery mode

seems to me you should be try to remove the offending driver installation..
as it appears the driver installation is what caused the problem in the first place..

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I purchased my PC, already installed with 8.1. I have since done the upgrade to 10, but I still have 2 partitions on my hard drive, one for "Recovery Image" and the other for "8.1 Restore".

I assume these are no longer applicable and needed, but wanted confirmation of this. If no longer needed, can I just delete the data and combine partitions to gain the extra drive space (I have EaseUS Partition Manager)?

Not sure if I should reuse these partitions to set up a Windows 10 recovery, or use a USB bootable device instead for this. If the latter, can someone provide a link for this? Thanx,

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I just wanted to say that the company I work for, Super Future Equities, Inc., has developed the first laptop in the world with the ability to run unlimited operating systems running natively and independently on one disk. No emulation, no host/guest garbage, no virtualiation. So far we have installed, tested, and ran Vista, XP, Fedora 5, Thiz, DSL, Windows 2000, and Redflag (plus we can install as many more as want) all on the same notebook.

Take a look and lemme know what you think! Please keep it positive, thanks!

Its a bit long. Im working on speeding up the video in between OSes so you can get the general idea without having to watch the boot time at 1x (unless you enjoy watching a computer boot ).

As soon as its ready, I will post up a link to download. Free, of course

Answer:Unlimited Operating Systems on One Disk!


Not much to say, just wanted to jump on it first.

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this is a really weird one.the dvd in question, Crysis(game), will not load up or anything on my computer when i insert it into the dvd drive.but, it seems to open up on my dads computer fine.the disk isnt scratched.and my dvd drive is NOT faulty, as every single other dvd/cd works perfectly fine apart from really makes no sense to me. has anyone else had this problem?

Answer:DVD disk wont run for, but runs on other systems?

Is his OP the same as yours ie XP/Vista/32 or 64 bit

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Besides linux and ms-dos are there are there any others?

Answer:What operating systems will run off a floppy disk?

That's pretty much it.

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I'm planning on doing a triple boot with Windows XP, 7 and 8 on a SSD for my laptop. All OS will have basic programs on them, maybe Office, Winrar, AV, no music, videos or any of that personal crap. All OS i will keep update when i can.I just need to know how much disk space should be enough for each OS. I'm thinking of getting a 120 SSD, and splitting the HD this way.XP - 20GB7 - 50GB8 - 50GBwould that be enough?

Answer:How much Disk Space need for these Operating Systems

Hi Sub,All the partitions meet the minimum system requirements for Operating Systems respectively.Performance depends on the number and size of applications installed on the system.Thanks & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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I have noticed the default disk (1 TB + 8 GB SSHD) being a bit slow on the Z50-75 so I decided to upgrade to an SSD (GOODRAM CX200 240GB). Having installed the Windows 10 I noticed it took almost a minute for the system to boot up. Moreover, during regular usage the disk freezes at 100% usage for 30 seconds to a minute, while nothing is being read/written to the disk (checked in the Task Manager, both statistics are at 0 Mb/s). During such freeze all the applications do not respond. After that it goes back to normal and usually happens again after 10 minutes or so. Performance with that SSD is not as good also. It's almost on par, if not slower, than with the stock SSHD. I have check that SSD yesterday, connected it to a desktop first, then another laptop, and it turned out not to be faulty. It works like a charm. After putting in the stock SSHD I did not notice those freezes. Is it possible, that my Z50-75 is not compatible with that SSD? I have looked through the Internet about this issue and people suggested a faulty SATA connector. I am going to get the laptop serviced, but I would like to know if this may be commonplace. Would getting a HDD caddy be a solution for me?

Answer:Z50-75 upgraded to SSD causes disk freezing

Well, i dont know that specific brand of SSD. In my knowledge a faulty SATA connector should freeze all discs that are connected to it.
A freezing disk could be 2 issues -
1) Faulty drive (but you say it works with other PC)
2) Incompatibility
Most of the times people use the Samsung EVO SSD, which is probably the most reliable. I have also seen some ppl use Crucial and Intel. So those are possibly safe brands to opt for a laptop.
Did you perform a fresh windows install on the new SSD or cloned it?
When connected to desktop/ other laptop, did you boot from the SSD? What was the boot time?

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can anyone tell me how to get the computer to use disk d .using old computer but its all i have got until the kids leave home and i can aford better.

Answer:disk c full disk d loads of space

What flavour windows?(XP/98se/98/95/ME)

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Hi all,
This seems to be the right place for help!
My dvd and cd burners show 0 bytes for used and for free space. The picture of the disk is completely blue and not pink for free space. It show's the drive as being full, but it has no disk in it. I went into properties and clicked on the "Recording" tab, and then clicked on "enable recording", sometime's after turning off the computer, I have to go in and enable it again. I hit "apply" then ok. Shouldn't it stay defaulted to "Enable"?? What went wrong? I am running XP pro.
I have a Pioneer DVR-104 and Iomega zipcd 650.
Both of them flipped out at the same time, so I don't think it's the hardware itself. I did by mistake, load in Roxio easy cd recorder. Big mistake. LOL
I ran roxiezap and got rid of it. But still no response to my 2 drives.
I have also tried to reload the firmware for both, and that didn't help.
Anyone here ever face this problem before?
Thanks to everyone in advance.


Answer:cd and dvd burners say disk is full, there is no disk in drives

Have you said Roxio easy cd recorder. Big mistake.

You got that right my brothers have the same problem he switch to NERO
problem fix...

Try the latest nero

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can anyone tell me how to get the computer to use disk d .using old computer but its all i have got until the kids leave home and i can aford better.

Answer:disk c full disk d loads of space

double postclick here

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hello i have win 8.1 and i'm confused about the differents about these disk i mentioned.
1)can you tell me what are the differents?
if are three different disk:
2)how can create each of them?
3)where is usefull each of them?
4) can i create these disks to usb?
also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1 (my preinstalled os was win 7).i have created a windows image backup.the backup is anything from that?
5) for automatic repair which disk i will create?
sorry for my bad english

Answer:system repair disk-installation disk-recovery disk

Originally Posted by vasilis

also i have not any installation disk of win 8.1

How to download and create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation media. -> link

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My computer has 3 operating systems (3 partitions) installed on the hard disk.I am currently looking for a backup / recovery solution for my setup. Would a software solution such as Acronis True Image or Ghost be appropriate? I have tried True Image once before and it didn't work on my hard disk because it detected "bad sectors".There are some PCI Recovery Cards for sale on Ebay - would one of these work?

Answer:Recovery / Backup for multi-boot operating systems

I am planning to reinstall all three operating systems onto a brand new hard disk - hopefully it won't have any "bad sectors".Might give True Image another try. Is Ghost any good does anyone know?How long does True Image take to do a system recovery?

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