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 PostPost subject: What Format Is The Restore Image On Compac Laptops?        Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:05 am 
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just wondering what software hp-compaq for the restore image files? my laptop has a vista-basic restore file and i want to replace it with a windows xp pro restore file ( i dont care if i lose hp-compaq support by adding my own os )


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 PostPost subject: Re: What Format Is The Restore Image On Compac Laptops?        Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:23 am 
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just wondering what software hp-compac for the restore image files? my laptop has a vista-basic restore file and i want to replace it with a windows xp pro restore file ( i dont care if i lose hp-compac support by adding my own os )

if you tell me what hardware components you have, I could make you a XP Pro "recovery" disk - with the preinstalled Apps and the drivers in it - in WIM format and upload it anywhere


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hi, thanks for the offer but i have a nlited windows xp pro sp2 disk that has all the drivers for the laptop included on the disk.


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You don't want to tamper with the restore image on your laptop, because if you do decide you want to restore the original factory settings, it will fail, and you will need to buy actual restore discs for around £60.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:40 pm 
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squidward_ wrote:
You don't want to tamper with the restore image on your laptop...

Bah!, putz to that, I'd say delete the partition, the space is more useful. You could create backups with Norton Ghost, or if you know your way around imageX, create an image of the partition in particular.
I personally just store my personal files on other partitions, that way if Windows needs to be re-installed, and I lose all data on the Windows partition, its no biggie.


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You mean he can just make his own ''factory restore'' image with ximage or whatever? I might try that myself.

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pretty much like 'em. you can make your own vista installation, with only your vista in it (or XP) and install updates, software /wahtever


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I have noticed that is what Hounsell did with his protoplex project. But I think that was only to get round the limitation of the i386 based setup and NT5.CAT. I has an HP laptop, and after I created the recovery disc(s), I checked the contents, and the only files were a few WIM files.

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i know very little about imagex, i could use ghost or acronis trueimage ,i have both, but i like the f11 boot and restore option.

update: it appears that HP use softhinks restore solution software, looks like i,ll be using acronis.


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Well, there are ways you can first make your own restore image using a utility of your choice, and create your own F11 recovery option. http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q= ... tion&meta=

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