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is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

Q: is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

I've been going through my house and insuring everything against fire/theft loss, and now I'm looking at my computer. My data is all backed up off-site in two ways. I have not previously tried to back up software install discs, but seeing as they could get torched in a fire, it would be nice to have a backup in some safe location.

Most of my expensive software is music software that uses dongle protection, so the install discs themselves aren't copy-protected and this should be easy.

But what about the Win 7 install disks? (I have both the 32-bit and 64-installers for Win 7 Home, in the upgrade version.) I also have some Windows XP disks from earlier on. Can these disks be copied simply as a data disk (i.e. look at the files they contain and copy to a new disk) or is there some copy protection scheme?

Or maybe I don't need to back them up. Does Microsoft have some policy of resupplying the disk if I can show the serial number or something like that?

A: is a backup of Win 7 install discs needed?

ImgBurn will do it. Make an ISO and either just keep that or burn another DVD if you want. I cannot comment if MS have issues but of course the copy is useless without the key you paid for. Also, you can download the ISO if you get stuck. The real thing is to keep copies of your activation Key.

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I use Advanced SystemCare, CCleaner and MBAM to scan / remove issues on my laptop about once a week.

About a year ago I downloaded a similar program from CNet Downloads and ran a scan / clean. However, a few days later I noticed I get errors for example when right clicking on the desktop and clicking 'personalise', I now get an error - 'explorer.exe no such interface supported' and similar issues like when in 'Control Panel\System and Security' if I click a sub-category nothing will happen.

These errors don't have any effect on my laptop for daily tasks, but 'niggle' at me now and again.

I don't have my Windows 7 disks with me, their at my house some 200 odd miles away (not going back for a while), but was wondering if there was a way to repair my system without the disks?

A:Repair Install Needed but No Discs?

64bit home premium. what language?

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I'm getting very nervous that I haven't made these impt system recovery discs. I bought 10 CDs at the time I bought PC and was assured they were the right type. When I got ready to create the discs, my PC said I would need 18 CDs. I backed out at that point so don't know if the ones I have are the right kind.

I'm going out this week to buy some more, but still have doubts I'm getting the right kind.

My HP guide says I need: CD-R

What I have is: SONY CD-R AUDIO (compact disc digital audio recordable)

Have I got the right kind? Thanks so much. Fox

A:Solved: What kind of discs needed to make "System Recovery Discs"?

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I have a compaq presarion notebook. how do I backup everything onto a CD.. (many Friends/Family warnings to do this) incase computer crashes, I have photo's and lots of folders etc... step by step help needed please.

A:Backup discs

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I purchased and expect to receive on 7/30 a new VAIOģ CR Series Student Value Pack laptop for my daughter in college. I am a novice with computers and new to this forum. I read in another post about making a backup DVD for a new HP. Is this something I should do for my daughters Sony when it arrives? If so, could someone give instructions how to do this? Like I say, I'm a novice with computers. Is PC Decrapifier recommened to get rid of the junk that will come with the computer? Thanx for all assistance.


A:Backup discs

There will be clear instructions how to make recovery disks from the machine, it's usually just running a program and stuffing media into the drive.

As far as decrapifying it, that depends on how much junk it has.

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Me again guys!!
I've tried to make backup discs but for some reason, having clicked all the right buttons when prompted in the backup program, nothing seems to get transferred onto the disc
It's a standard 80min data cd. I'm running windows 98se.
Any help will be appreciated.

A:Backup discs. Why can't I?

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Ok, so my computer came with Windows XP installed, and kept asking if I wanted to make backup discs, in case something went wrong. The one time I clicked the YES button, it said I would first need 11 blank CD's. Well, what I want to know, is this really necessary. I don't keep anything important on the computer, and haven't had any problems with it. I have that turned off right now, so it wont keep coming up. What exactly are these "backup discs" anyway. Is that the same as copying the hard drive. At 700mb each, that would only be 770MB and I have a 60GB hard drive.

A:Backup Discs

If your computer crashes, do you have a Windows XP disk to reinstall? And do you have CD's for any of the applications, such as burner software and antivirus, that may have come with your PC? If not, you should definitely make the disks. The day will come -- and it WILL come -- when you need to do a reinstallation.

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i have a couple of wii disks that i want to backup but my cd/dvd combo burner drive just wont read them

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Hey Guys...I need ur help please...I had to recently do a complete system restore and HP prompted me to create back-up discs of my photos, documents, etc...I did this, but when I installed the back-up discs, it created a folder with all the info on the dosc, but the files were in an unrecognizable format...I used a program from Microsoft that HP told me to use, but the files are still now available...Is there a program I can use that will put the files and docs back in theit original state in their default (or orevious) location? If not I would be happy just to be able to open the files, etc.. in their original format and send them manually to the proper destination...Any help would be much appreciated.

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My hard drive crapped out but I had made backup DVD discs. I replaced the hard drive and put in the first backup disc, set the bios to boot to the ATAPI CD/DVD Drive. The drive spins up but it comes up with "Error cannot recognize disc ...". What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

A:Recoginizing backup discs

Hi and welcome.

See this tutorial

Go down to Step Two, item 3.

System Image Recovery

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Help please in creating backup discs to my Inspiron Desktop 3646.
Following up on a popup screen by Dell that recommened that I should create “backup discs”, I did so but had to abandon the process. I <<thought>> I could do the backup using CD-Rs but after filling 6 of them I realized something was wrong.
Would someone please clarify what these backup discs are supposed to contain? Do they record all the system data and all my files on both my C-drive and my external (E:) hard drive? Or just some of all that?
The Dell instructions say only “insert another medium.” If CD-Rs are not applicable, then what kind of media should I be using?
Obviously I am confused about all this. I would certainly appreciate a clarification. ….wdc

A:Dell backup discs

Hello!  The Dell Backup and Restore program creates a backup of your restore partition in case you need to switch hard drives or your restore partition is corrupted.  The Discs would contain up to 10 Gigabytes worth of data, thus it is recommended you use DVDs if you want a copy on Optical media, or a USB flash drive with at least 16Gigs available.  

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In beginning to read some threads on making backups,I found one that refers to using other software to burn the cd. I have a couple ?'s about. I could be in the wrong place, but i found these threads in several different locations.
Doesn't xp have its own cd burning program on it? I know when I had Win98 I'm thinking it did not have.
So I will keep reading and if I get some answers with this,ok.

A:Solved: making backup discs

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When trying to create DVD Factory Default Backup Discs on my Gateway EC54 laptop, I get the following message with a DVD+R DVD formatted disc (formatted using the default formatting settings):  "Please insert a blank DVD into the optical drive, then press OK to continue". If I try to use an unformatted disc, I get the following message:  "unsupported disc format.  Please insert a balank DVD into the optical drive, then press OK to continue". What type of Disc and formatting do I need to make the back up discs? If I attempt to upgrade to Windows 10, but the upgrade fails, will the Factory Default Discs allow me to recover the original 64 Bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and retain the non-operating system files on that are on the hard drive? 

A:How to Format Gateway DVD Backup Discs

The DVD+R disks should work out of the package with no formatting.If you're making Factory Default disk like this, the disk will restore the hdd to the state it was in from the factory.It will totally erase and format the drive and anything on the drive will be gone.  

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I am using Windows 7 64-bit OS. I have amassed a large collection of backup discs that has information that is no longer on my computer. I cannot seem to delete the information so I can reuse the disc. I insert the disc and delete all the files that are on it and at the bottom of the window it tells me that there are zero items on the disc, then reformat the disk. When I click on properties it tells me there is no available space on the disk. How can I clean up this disc for reuse?

A:How can I delete backup files from DVD discs

Quote: Originally Posted by stinger7018

I am using Windows 7 64-bit OS. I have amassed a large collection of backup discs that has information that is no longer on my computer. I cannot seem to delete the information so I can reuse the disc. I insert the disc and delete all the files that are on it and at the bottom of the window it tells me that there are zero items on the disc, then reformat the disk. When I click on properties it tells me there is no available space on the disk. How can I clean up this disc for reuse?

Welcome Stinger to the Windows 7 Forums.

DVD's are not erasable, The only way to destroy the data is to cut or shred the dvd. The price of DVD's are pretty cheap now adays and the easiest way to destroy the data is as I said, shredder or cut up with scissors..

UNLESS you have a read/write DVD which is another ball game entirely. I haven't seen any for sale lately. If you have the dvd r/w then this url
DVD-RW - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
is where you can go to find out the information on read write dvd's.

Much cheaper now days to just buy new dvd's. cut the old ones up.


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When trying to create DVD Factory Default Backup Discs on my Gateway EC54 laptop, I get the following message with a DVD+R DVD formatted disc (formatted using the default formatting settings):  "Please insert a blank DVD into the optical drive, then press OK to continue". If I try to use an unformatted disc, I get the following message:  "unsupported disc format.  Please insert a balank DVD into the optical drive, then press OK to continue". What type of Disc and formatting do I need to make the back up discs? If I attempt to upgrade to Windows 10, but the upgrade fails, will the Factory Default Discs allow me to recover the original 64 Bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and retain the non-operating system files on that are on the hard drive? 

A:How to Format Gateway DVD Backup Discs

The DVD+R disks should work out of the package with no formatting.If you're making Factory Default disk like this, the disk will restore the hdd to the state it was in from the factory.It will totally erase and format the drive and anything on the drive will be gone.  

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can windows vista be re-installed if backup files are not available?

A:Windows Backup/Recovery Discs

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Sorry of this isn't a hardware issue, I wasn't really sure where to post. I have windows 7 and recently I did a system restore ( I believe to an important windows update ) due to some problems I had opening programs. Now I have the black screen issue when I try to use it. I've tried just about everything so now I'm resorting to a full system restore. The problem is when I try to make a backup of all my stuff it says It won't work because I don't have a dvd-r or dvd+r with a specific amount of space. I don't remember what the amount was but I know the dvd-r disc i inserted matched it exactly, I've tried multiple discs from the case. Thank you for reading and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I want to reinstall my Microsoft Office on Windows Vista laptop. Can I use my backup discs?

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Can I back up my Windows Vista using DVD discs or do I need to use CD discs? Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Backup Windows Vista with DVD discs?

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Hello and let me state my issue. My computer has been Hijacked by a nasty virus. With that said I have about 4 years worth of college work and many pictures that I do not want to lose. After reading through several tips I know that I need to create a backup disc of my hard drive for Windows XP Home Edition. My problem is that this was pre-loaded by Dell. I honestly do not remember if there was a Windows CD or not. What do I need to do next? Thank you in advance!

A:Creating Backup Discs XP Home Edition

I am reading your post because I have had the same issues and then some. I do not even trust clicking on the search results that are in Google and have to copy the link and paste them to try and avoid the redirect. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox 3 different times and now I am getting pop-up pages that are ads. I am at a loss about where to start. Do I use HijackThis, Autorun? I saw on one of the pinned topics that you are NOT to use the TDSSKiller. Now I am totally at a loss.

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unable to get windows file by Backup discs request

A:unable to get windows file by Backup discs request

What version? Win 8 & 10 are available from MS online. Backup requests are only for US UK & Canada. Here's 8.1--
Remove your tag number from your post. That is not allowed here in this public forum.

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Hi Everyone,
I have a desktop Sony Vaio PCV E31M the one with the tv tuner built in running XP
we had a virus which was removed but The viao PC is still running very slow now and i thought if i restored it back to its default thereby cleaning the hard drive of all programs and reloaded just the software that I use on a daily basis it might help.



Best regards

Mark j

A:Sony Vaio PCV E31M restore Discs needed help please

Hi Mark,
Did you already ask from Sony?
It is possible to do system restore without CDs, with Winnit32.exe. You can find very detailed instructions, just Google.

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I am performing an image recovery. I have 4 DVDs that came with my laptop from geeksquad. They say HP System Backup. Everything runs smoothly in disc 1. When I get to disc 2 nothing happens at all. Any ideas of what I can do? I do have an external hard drive. I was considering trying to copy the System back up discs from a different computer onto the external and then trying to do the system restore.

A:Factory image recovery w/system backup discs freeze at disc

Sounds like a bad burn on disk 2.

Pressing the f11 key during startup on a computer with an HP factory image will start the system recovery process even if the prompt is not displayed.
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.

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hi, pls help me
my pc runs on windows xp prof sp2
recently i had one more HDD,
if i want to install another operating system can i install it to new hard disc,which is right now works as slave,if i install in new HDD,will i get dual boot option
or should i install on to another partition in my old hard disk,

pls help

A:can we install two OS on TWO hard discs

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my original hard drive crashed on this HP laptop and I replaced it with a new one because I had purchased the recovery discs from Circuit City when I bought the laptop, and the laptop was out of warranty(barely).
When I try to load the recovery discs, I get 48% through, which is into disc two of three, and then I get an error message : 0x4001100200001005

Ive tried several times but cant get past this point. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please make it as idiot-proof as possible, thanks.

A:Cant install recovery discs

try cleaning the disc

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I have a Sony VAIO which came with Win7 pre-loaded, no discs provided.

Experiencing issues, have run SFC / SCANNOW, and then done a "Repair Install" from tutorials on this forum. No improvement.

I have the downloaded ISO from Dell.

Is it possible to do a clean install? The clean install tutorial starts with "boot from Win7 disc..."

I looked for such an option, sorry if it's right here somewhere and I'm blind...

A:Clean re-install with no discs... possible?

There should be some type of program on your PC tp make the system discs from a reserved partition on the drive. See if you can use that to make your Sony Re-install disc.

If not then you can use the other downloaded ISO to burn a DVD and use your key on the COA sticker located somewhere on your system.

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My single HDD machine came with the OS installed and no discs. When I am at the top level I see icons for a C drive labeled 'HP'(588GB), a D drive labeled 'FACTORY_IMAGE'(12GB) - and a E drive labeled 'DVD RW Drive'. After a short time a pop-up appeared directing me to obtain blank dvd discs and proceed to create a software disc to use in the event I needed to reinstall the OS. So, my question is do I use these discs to do the Repair Install?


A:Do I use these discs to do the Repair Install?

It sounds like you created a set of factory recover discs. They would be used to restore Windows back to factory out of box conditions.

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Hi, have just bought a laptop with Win 7 on it but want to replace the 5400rpm drive with a 7200rpm one.

Will I be able to use the recovery discs I made to install on a fresh drive or do they only work if there is already a recovery partition on the drive I want to install onto.

A:Install with recovery discs

Hello kersey.

If you still have access to the Windows 7 will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on and see what partitions you actually have.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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Is this even possible. I thought I had made discs when I got my laptop but I cannot find them anywhere.
I have tried the f8 thing but only get a windows didn't close properly message.
I have tried the start +0 button and it goes to the same message. I have a repair disc and have done a full back up and removed all my files I don't want to lose.
Previous dramas with HDDRECOVERY partition seems to have caused further problems I think.

appreciate your help

A:How do I clean install without discs?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

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My Dell PC came with Vista installed on it and physical discs to re-install. I then got Windows 7 for free due to the timing of when I bought the PC. I presume the discs were the upgrade variety, but I don't have them in front of me. I know when I totally reformatted my harddrive recently for a problem, I had to install Vista first and then 7... leading me to believe now that the Windows 7 install discs were the upgrade and not full.

I just got the "full" version of Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft DreamSpark and plan on dualbooting to a separate partition alongside Windows 7... to give it a test run.

Eventually, I will probably wipe the Windows 7 partition and extend it so that I have my Windows 8 partition and a 2nd partition for files and whatnot. My question is this... can I take the Vista install disc and then the Windows 7 disc and install them on another PC? I am pretty sure I am doing a full install of Windows 8 (with its own key) and therefore wouldn't be using the Vista key or the Windows 7 key that is tied to the Vista key, right?

A:Can I use old Vista/7 install discs on another PC?

If the original Vista installation is OEM, it is "legally" tied to the computer. Meaning it is not transferable to another computer. However, a Windows 7 upgrade can be installed without the original operating system installed. There is a technique described in the tutorials section.

If you do this and then do not use the old Windows Vista operating system, you should be OK. The W7 upgrade has its own license number, so it does not re-use the one from Vista. I can't recall, but you may have to enter in the Vista license number during the installation. If so, then definitely do not use the Vista installation discs for another computer. Legally, it is supposed to be the same computer, but Microsoft does not enforce it. As long as you purchased the Windows 7 installation, Microsoft gets their money and it shouldn't be their concern as to which computer it is on. The only caveat is not using the older Vista operating system, since it has technically been upgraded. If the Vista license number was required during W7 installation, then your Vista copy may be logged with Microsoft as a deactivated operating system and would fail authentication.

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Iam trying to temp install XP so i can UNBRICK my Netgear router with software that will only run in XP

I try to install WinXP (XP SP2) on laptop and it BSOD when it gets to start windows setup after installing temp drivers - same happens using another XP disc (XP SP3) - so tried to install it on PC and same thing happened with both discs at same stage?

yet I have used the XP SP3 disc recently to reinstall my dads OS on his XP PC (which is not here anymore or i would have used that)

can anyone help me with this? iam not happy, nothing is going right for me, the router was brand new and I was upgrading firmware and now its dead, the software to fix it only runs in XP, XP wont install??????

A:XP install BSOD on 2 PC's with 2 XP Discs???

XP is very old. It can't be expected to support any newer hardware and most likely does not even have default drivers for it.

What possible software would run on XP but not on 7 or Vista, especially in XP-mode on 7, or at least Compatibility mode on Vista?

Have you even tried resetting the router by holding the reset key a good, full minute?

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I installed Schizm to find that during gameplay I have to switch back and forth from Disc 1 & 2 to play Sam or really hinders the enjoyment of the game....Before I uninstall and reinstall FULL version, I want to know if the full makes it so there is no disc switching for the 2 players.........anyone?

A:{RESOLVED}Schizm install...too many discs

Well, if you're doing a 'Minimal' Installation you can probably expect something like that to happen. If you do a 'Typical' or full installation you probably won't incure this...unless the game engineers were dumb.

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I've been wanting to do this thing that I've heard about on this site for some time now,called a "clean install". I've heard though,that the recovery discs that you make yourself when you get a new pc are not the same thing as a clean install.I've also been wanting to start to dual boot WIN 7 with Xubuntu.But,now,I've also read that Win 7 (Home Premium) does not play well with dual booting.

AND.....I also can't figure out how to do this md5sum thing to check the Xubuntu disc that I made because Windows is not accepting the commands that I'm being told to enter into the command line terminal.Any advice would be immensely appreciated,folks.I'll check back later for answers.Again,thank you.

A:Recovery Discs Same as Clean Install ?

You are correct.

Using Recovery Discs and a clean install are not the same thing.

Using Recovery discs will put it back to the factory state, if the pc was made by Dell, HP etc

On the other hand someone can do a clean install and make recovery discs too, depends on your situation.

No need to dual boot, just run Xubuntu off a flash drive, believe me, you won`t use it that often.

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Thanks for any assistance up front! I have an ASUS Slate B121 with the recovery discs which came with computer. I have done a reinstall of the software but did not get the options to do a clean install as seen in the tutorials on this subject. The other problem I ran into on the reinstall was the missing BOOTMGR.
I have since restored a previous version to at least be able to use the computer, but it now runs terribly. Any help would be appreciated. Thank!

A:Is a clean install possible with recovery discs

I doubt the recovery disks will allow you to do a clean install if they are what is normally meant by that term.

More likely, they will return you to a state as of the day the thing was manufactured.

I guess that is some sort of a tablet. Never seen one.

You may be able to do a clean install if it has a Certificate Of Authenticity on it somewhere that includes a Product Key and if you have some way of attaching an external DVD burner or a USB thumb drive. In that case, you'd have to first download a Windows 7 ISO.

It may have some magical other way that is found only on tablets or Slates, but the above is what you'd have to do if you had an ordinary laptop or desktop PC.

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Just as the title says. I have no disc it came with pre installed media. I did however get a program that was able to extra the key from my bios. Will that help with anything? It's a Sony T13 laptop.

A:Windows 8 pre installed. No discs. Need a new install

Search for Windows media creation tool. You can download for free right from Microsoft.

You won't need the key at all, the installer will read our right from the BIOS.

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I know there are tutorials and I have read them but I am confused about one thing. If I make the new partition and then install can I delete the old partition and have it as clean space on the new partition?

A:Want to install Win7 64 bit on new partition w/o discs

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Clean Install Windows 7

During the install procedure you'll be able to delete all the old partitions on your hard drive, and then create new ones as you wish.

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I have a Lite-On SOHW 1693S, the drive has always worked perfectly on Windows XP. Yesterday I put on Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit, and it picked up the drive and even said its name and everything and installed it, said it was ready to use.

Though this is not the case, the second a disk in it tries to read for about 5 seconds and then doesn't bother, if i right click the drive in explorer it will hang until i eject the disk. I can't view a single file on the disks and no auto run pops up. So basically it's not working.

I've got the vary latest firmware for this drive, straight off the Lite-On website. Also I have already checked Regedit and there is no registry setting of Upper and Lower filters for me even to remove. It's never been there.

The drive cable and power definately works and is sufficient, as it worked on XP 10 hours ago and has done for a long time. It's the only drive plugged in and has the jumper set to master.

I've installed all the right chipset software and ATK drivers and what not.

What else is there to do? I really need this disk drive to work otherwise my new games can't even be used.


A:DVD drive will not read discs since install of W7

First test your drive to ensure hardware or software problem
Try to boot your system with a Windows Installation CD or DVD.
If you can boot your system with CD or DVD T you have software problem.
Otherwise you have hardware problem.
Good luck.

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So I walk into work and my laptop doesn't want to start up. I get a black screen saying Windows failed to start and I get the options to "start Windows normally" or "Launch startup repair (recommended)". Starting it normally results in a quick windows progress bar and an eternal black screen. Selecting startup repair gives me a black screen for a minute and then just goes back to the "normal or startup repair" prompt.

When I boot from a cd I can get as far as the nice blueish green Vista background, but then nothing happens. Sometimes I get a cursor to render and sometimes I get no cursor. I tried installing Windows 7 using my disc from home, and I actually got to where I can choose my language, but then I get a "setup is staring..." screen that lasts forever. Literally. I thought maybe it was just loading slow so I left it on over night, and it was the exact same when I came in this morning. I said screw it and started Googling, then found this place. Halp plz.

A:Vista won't start - install discs don't help

Let's start with these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics: (read the details at the link) (read the details at the link)

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Need to reinstall win7 on an asus laptop, which when purchased new, no discs were supplied as the win7 data backup was on an extra partition.

had made the Discs as recommended, during the setup process.
have read other posts about creating an image file, and clicking setup.exe, to install from an image, using program like ImgBurn.

Would the data on the second partition, that was pre installed on the laptop, be the same image file, and be run using setup.exe, if it is does the image need to mounted using a program like clone drive ?
prefer to reinstall from that partition, in case there are problems with the discs.
if this is too much trouble may use the discs created, 4 discs were made, do i insert the first disc and boot from DVD ?

or are bootdisks needed, when trying to reinstall win7, from another partition ?
unsure if there is a standard when purchasing a PC, in which no DVDs are supplied.

P.S. performing this for a friend, did the setup when purchased
do not have the laptop here yet, trying to get information before hand, due to never performing an install without the DVD.

A:re-install 7 on laptop ? ,no discs supplied.

You can restore from the asus recovery partition, failing that from the recovery disks you made. First back up any user data to an external drive or dvd. Then restart the computer and keep pressing F9 at boot repeatedly, you should now see an option for system recovery- select recovery, then follow onscreen prompts.

If that does not work, try restoring from the recovery disks. Insert the dvd no. 1 in the tray/slot, restart the computer and press F12 to get the one time boot menu. Select cd drive there, then follow on screen prompts. You will be prompted to insert dvd no.2, then 3, then 4.

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Hi All,

I have a laptop with a Windows XP home licence that I've had to install a new hard drive in. I needto reinstall Windows XP home but I don't have the discs. Any advice? Can I download the genuine software from somewhere or do I have to track down a friend with the discs (I tried this but no luck so far .



A:Need to Re-Install Windows XP Home - Don't have discs

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I bought an HP Pavilion laptop on Craig's list a few months ago for gaming purposes. It's nothing fancy, but what I could afford that would be able to handle world of warcraft. A few weeks ago, I got a very hard crash that made a loud noise and totally threw me off (this is my first PC in many years, usually buy macs). I'm told that it blue screened and after talking to some of my PC buddies it seems I need to reinstall Windows 7 because I'm having major registry errors that keep occurring (friends suggested using CCleaner to fix the registry and I"ve done it a few times and the problems keep returning. I don't have anything on this computer that I need to save (literally only use it for gaming) so I just want to do a clean install, but I"m unsure how to go about this without the original CDs (which I never got when i bought the machine). Is there something I can do? Any suggestions are welcome and I fully appreciate the help

PS I saved the error message, pasted below

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 3b
BCP1: 00000000C000001D
BCP3: FFFFF880031A7E90
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
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A:Reinstall Windows 7 without original install discs

The HP laptop should have a recovery partition, there should be a HP tool to "create recovery disks". Once you have done that you can boot from them and restore your system to an as-new state. You will need blank disks for this.

it may be worth running check disk first.

Type cmd into the start menu then right click it and choose run as admin,

then type chkdsk /f into the command prompt it will say it cant, do you want to schedule it for boot time, press y then restart your computer.

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I am having several problems with Vista, the most annoying being that it will not recognize if I put an installation disc in the DVD/DCRom drive. I have restored my original configuration, removed recommended registry settings and still no luck. My example is when I installed my MS Office, no problem. But when I try to install Turbo Tax, Trend Micro AntiVirus or Webroot SpySweeper, it doesn't register that there is even a disc in the drive. If I use Explorer to search the E:\ drive, I get the prompt window to insert a disc in the E drive. There is a disc already there... The drive does work if I put in a movie DVD or my MS Office Enterprise 2007 disc.

It always boots in protected mode (even after recovery). I get the blue HP screen with the options to use the Boot Menu, f11 or f12 (Recover, I believe). I have to let it sit there for about 5 minutes, literally, and then it will boot fine.

The start up has been an issue for a couple months. I am not sure how long the install problem has been there. I know that we can play movies on the DVD drive....

A:Vista does not recognize program install discs

What other software do you have that installs CD/DVD drivers? Some examples are Daemon Tools, Alcohol, UltraIso, MagicIso, DVDInfo Pro, burning programs, etc.

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I've noticed that my computer is underperforming after that I have done a factory reset using the Acer eRecovery Management. Windows Experience Index shows lower values, the boot is slower, and my CPU seems to go worse. It can go up to 60-70% at startup. It didn't when I had just bought the computer, which is the period when I had not reset the computer.

I wonder if I can I format the c-drive and then do a clean install of the operating system using the factory restore discs...? Is it possible to do without doing any harm to my computer or restore disc? But the big question is: Does it work?

A:Clean install using factory restore discs?

It will definitely not harm your computer and it should work. I prefer to restore from the recovery partition. If you post the make of your PC, I might have the exact procedure.
But in any case, make sure you backup your data - unless that is in a seperate data partition..

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Got a 64bit HP Pavilion p6000.
Didn't make any recovery disks. Stupid. I know.
I will, if I can get back in the game again.

Did a brief search but can't make hide nor hair of what I'm reading. Not even sure if some of these instructions apply to me. I want to wipe clean everything and start again.

Not a techie so please, if you can, limit the techie talk as much as possible please and speak as if I was slightly 'challenged'...if you know what I mean. Cuz I likely am in comparison to you whiz kids.

Am backing up folders onto an external HD now.
Please instruct...
Oops, this may be better in "Back Up & Restore" Section.
I'm using this in Safe Mode and it makes it a little hard to see!


A:Malware riddled PC, Clean Re-Install w/out Recovery Discs?

Your computer may have a hidden recovery partition that can be used to return your machine to factory specifications just like it was the day you bought it. That means if it originally came with Vista (for example) that's what you'll have on it again. According to HP:

The system can be restored to factory settings through this partition by pressing F10 or F11 repeatedly while the PC is booting. NOTE: If any of the hard drive partitions has been modified or aditional partitions have been created, it is possible that the recovery system cannot boot or the recovery discs cannot be created.

HP Pavilion p6000 Desktop PC series

A second possibility is to use a Windows 7 installation DVD and do what's known as a clean install. This installs the operating system on your machine without all the factory bloatware that was included by HP.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you have questions or just need more info about which method might be best for you I'm sure other Forum members will jump in with their suggestions and help.

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I just got a new HP laptop, an HP 250 G5. It showed as coming with Windows 10 (64 bit), but actually came with Windows 7 installed and two sets of discs: HP System Recovery DVD Windows 10 Recovery Media for Windows 10 Products (2 discs) and  Application and Driver Recovery DVD (1 disc) It also came with instructions from hp on how to install Windows 10. I followed the instructions, using part 1 of the system recovery DVD first, changing to part 2 when requested and inserting the extra disc when asked to do that. I was not able to fully follow the instructions, as some of the things it said to do were never an option. For example, part 10 of the instructions (the first thing I couldn't do) says: "10. During Windows Setup, click Drive options (advanced). Delete all drives except Drive 0 Unallocated Space, and then click Next."" There was never any choice to click "Drive options (advanced)" or anything like it during the entire set up. Anyway, it failed to install, stating "The recovery attempt has failed." I retried and it failed again. The only other notable thing that happened during the process was that a message appeared for a brief while in the top left corner of the screen saying "You'll need a new app to open this logenvironment.c", but with no option to do anything about it. So I don't know what to do really. I followed the instructions exactly until there was no option to do what it said, and now my new l... Read more

A:New laptop failing to install from provided Windows 10 discs

Wow. Not good. Did you also get a set of Windows 7 disks? 

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I am trying to help out a family member. Her little used laptop (now 8 years old) slowed down to a crawl.
After trying all software solutions (repair, restore etc), I ran HD Tune which showed the heard drive was failing (plus the fact at idle the drive starts spinning furiously for a few seconds every couple of minutes).

I have taken an image of the drive onto an external hard drive using Macrium. As it is an HP Pavillion (dv6404tu) and came only with the system restore on the hard drive and no op sys disk, can I install a new drive, make a bootable CD and boot from this and then transfer the image onto the new drive? And is it that simple?

Also, as a new 120gb drive for this model will run approx $125, a SSD makes more financail/performance sense, only from what I have read, am I correct in that I can't use a SSD with this older laptop?

Thanks in advance.

HP Pavillion dv6404tu with Vista 32bit

A:Replace hard drive in HP Laptop without install discs

The chances are that yes, it is that simple.

On my old Dell laptop with Vista, that's how the system had been transferred to an SSD. The difference was that I've used USB not CD boot disk. The imaging with Macruim did not impact licensing of the OS and applications, they are working just fine. Vista is SSD aware and will adjust the boot sector size for the best SSD performance.

The wild card is how HP handles licenses for the new hard drive, be that HDD or SSD? They may do it differently than Dell, but I doubt it...

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Movie shaker glitched. Audio OK but video screen is WHITE. Do not recall how to use Recovery discs to JUST reinstall the Movie Shaker software. Tried using just the application recovery disc but that did not take me to software installation. Do I start with SYSTEM RECOVERY DISC ONE and will that take me to program installation without any danger of inadvertently starting system not want to wipe any drives.

A:VAIO Movie Shaker re-install (XP) -How to use Recovery Discs

Application disc #1 finally booted from my DVD drive. I re-installed Movieshaker BUT problem of white preview screen persists. So, audio but no video visible on preview screen. I did export and that works so video is not missing but simply not visible in preview window. Any ideas appreciated.

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Hi, I have a Sony Vaio laptop - VGN-NW265F/B , and the original hard drive went bad due to a SMART failure.

I've installed a new hard drive, and used the 1st recovery disc to get to the recovery menu. I've tried numerous times to install the OS from the recovery discs provided by Best Buy, which came with no instructions, but I keep getting errors.

There's nothing I can do from the recovery menu to make a new install on the new hard drive. The laptop also can't find the drivers on the recovery discs.

I'm getting frustrated because I've had 2 Dells in the past, which came with all the software necessary, and I was able to do everything myself.

This time I bought this Sony, it didn't come with software, especially a disc containing the drivers, and these 2 recovery discs aren't letting me do anything, except get into the recovery menu.

I can't format the new hard drive, or complete system, can't locate the drivers, etc...what a nightmare!!!

Is anyone familiar with this laptop, and/or knows how I should proceed to get this laptop up and running?


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I have two older computers, both with Windows XP Home. They both still have the OEM license key stickers on them, and no major hardware changes.

Neither computer has a XP disc or recovery discs. I'm not even sure if they came with them. If I were to purchase XP Home OEM disc, could I use it to re-instate both computers, using their own unique product keys of course?

I do not want to recover anything, I want to wipe clean and start completely fresh and new. All the drivers I need are available on each manufactures website. I do not want any Sony or Gateway add-on junk

A:Can I install Windows XP Home without the original OEM disc / recovery discs?

short answer YES.

if you have genuine oem keys you have the right to install the oem version of that os on your system.

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Is it possible? I have another computer and no external optical drive and would like to avoid buying one.


A:Install W7 w/ Restore Discs on Acer Aspire (no optical drive)

Did you make your ACER USB Recovery disk?

Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

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I am having trouble installing drivers for my ethernet controller. When I look in device manager, there is a yellow question mark next to Ethernet Controller (along with some other devices). I have identified that I have a Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Controller (don't know the term for exactly what I am looking to find drivers for, is it just the "ethernet chip"? or "ethernet controller?"). It is a BCM5754 (VEN_14E4 DEV_167A). I am running Windows XP home sp3, which I updated to from sp1 via USB. How do I install drivers to get onto the internet? Thank you for any help.

A:Can't connect to internet after fresh install (Windows XP). No driver discs

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im using vpceh25en sony vaio laptop, i have changed my os to windows 7 ultimate from basic version, now i need to use basic version, i have recovery discs but i dont know the steps for installing os. can anyone give me the steps to do it...

A:how to install windows 7 basic from recovery discs for sony vaio vpceh25en

Reinstalling can wipe out what you have on it right now but it's simple as inserting the recovery disk and rebooting the pc.
First make sure your pc is set to bood off the dvd drive first, this is done in bios under boot options. To enter bios just hit which ever key it says to enter setup. Insert disk 1 of the recovery disk and then follow the on screen instructions.

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the subject almost said it all ... I just got a new computer and I am trying to install my windows xp professional edition but I am encountering problems with the boot discs. I downloaded the boot discs off of microsoft's site (im not sure what version they are if there are different versions to be had); they go through the thing that they do and its just about to use the cd but it says that it cannot find the cd rom drive. i see the cd rom drive in the bios setup, its in there as the secondary master. the cd drive is a lg GCR-8523B the mother board is: 865PE Neo2 Series. ANY help would be great ... it just arrived for christmas and it wanna get it workin! thanks

A:XP Professional first time install - boot discs dont find cd drive

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I hope this is the correct Forum subsection to post this.

So I made a mistake while taking on a friend's problematic sony vaio laptop. They were wanting to install a newly purchased Kaspersky av, but after uninstalling the old version of Kaspersky there was a problem with an unresponsive usb mouse & mouse pad. I wasn't able to resolve the issue through various repair programs and manually reinstalling the driver, which was giving off the error code of not being properly installed or functioning. With owners consent, I decided to let Vaio Care to bring the computer back to factory condition. (I wish the owner had the owners manual to this thing.)

I made sure to backup all of the files that the owner needed saved, but failed to make any sort of backup recovery disk for the computer. Not sure if it's too late to do so, but the computer will not boot to windows any longer. I get a white blinking cursor on a black background immediately after Vaio disappears from the screen upon bootup, but cannot do anything with it.

I made a windows 7 home premium iso dvd, and when booting from it I reinstalled windows onto one of the 3 partitions on the hd (the largest of the 3 which was labeled "Primary" type). Of the other two partitions, one was labeled "Primary" and was named "System Reserved" but only 101MB, and the other was labeled "System" and was named "Recovery" and is 7.7GB. When installing, the computer does a ... Read more

A:HELP Windows 7 clean install on Sony Vaio laptop w/o recovery discs

Hello newtechy and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think the best thing to do is a clean install following the instructions in this tutorial that was prepared by one of the Forum experts. There's a special note for Sony Vaio owners at the bottom.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I have a Vaio and I followed these instructions. I can say from personal experience this will work. I eliminated all Sony factoryware (Vaio Care, Vaio Control Center, Vaio Gate, etc) and I haven't missed any of it. The most important thing is once the computer is up and running with all Windows Updates, make a system image. When all of the additional programs are installed and updated, all personal tweaks are made, etc and you're sure the computer is working the way it's supposed to, make another system image. This can be your go-to master image that would take the place of that hidden recovery partition. And it would be even better because it would be more up to date than a factory recovery partition ever could be.

Have your friend stick to a schedule of maybe one a week or once a month and make a new system image. The more frequent the images the more up to date a restore will be. This can eliminate the need for recovery disks as well. Depending on which imaging software you decide to use, it would be a good idea to create a "system repair disk". This is just a single disk that will let you boot the computer should the entire operating system crash. From this single d... Read more

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Hey Everyone,

I have an Acer 6935G laptop that has been given to me by a family member because they want it to be restored to factory default. The reserved/hidden partition on the hard drive had been removed by another person before the system was given to me, and so we had to purchase the restore discs from acer.

The OS is Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x86

After receiving the discs, i attempted to install and received a 'Restoration Failed - 0x000001d' message.

From this point, i have tried a number of different things that i thought might have been the problem preventing it from installing, but i still cannot get to the bottom of it,

Here's what i have tried so far.
Formatting the HD into NTFS via a different machine running windows.
Formatting the HD into FAT 32 via a different machine running windows.
Blanking the HD and allowing the recovery manager to format and partition the HD its self.
Ran an extended CHKDSK from a different machine, results said no problems found. SMART indicates no problems and 0 bad sectors.
Checked that the RAM is seated properly.
Tested EACH SODIMM separately and independently (1 x 1GB + 1 x 2GB - 3GB total).
Ran MemTest from a boot CD and it passed with no issues.
Checked all internal components and connections, most of which i reseated just in case.
Updated BIOS from v1.10 to v1.20.

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A:Acer 6935G laptop failing to install Factory Restore Discs.

If 7 went on it, it's not hardware.
Have you checked to ensure all the partitions are deleted... There seems to be some install issues if they aren't all gone.

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I created a full backup this morning which shows in the WindowsImageBackup folder on my F drive. After loading a new program the sytem locked and the only thing that worked was the refresh which deleted all my programs.

The recovery does not find the folder. I have created a recovery disk,but not certain who to use it.

Could somebody help?


A:Help needed with a backup

As I recall you'd need to use a windows boot disk, then use the option to recover from a backup. Check here

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Recently I lost my HD. I was lucky to be able to retrieve most of my personal files but it has still been a hassle having to locate and load all the programs again.
Wanting to prevent this hassle in the future I want to have an exact duplicate of my internal HD somewhere. Then if it ever craps out on me I can just add another HD and copy all my programs and files to it from this other source all in one swoop.
Iím thinking of getting a WD FireWire 120 GB external HD and using Norton Ghost to make an exact copy of my current HD. However, I want some expert opinions before I run off and do anything.
I have never used an external HD or Norton Ghost so Iím not sure they will accomplish what Iím hoping for.
My current (working) HD is a WD 120 GB running Windows XP Pro.
A. Would Norton Ghost make an exact duplicate of the original HD (OS, BIOS settings, programs, files etc.)?
B. After the initial backup is made how will future backupís be completed, i.e. will Ghost record/update just the changes it sees or will I have to reformat the external drive and redo a complete copy every time I want to backup?
C. How long does it take to backup? I have approx. 40 GB on HD that would need to be backed up (at least initially). This will continue to grow as I do a lot of picís and someday hope to get confident enough to try adding home videoís .
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A:HD Backup Help Needed

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My new (and still under warranty) windows 8 laptop keeps going to the recovery screen, error code:

when i hit f8 the "winload.efi" is mentioned above the error code.

Customer support said I'm S.O.L. and need to reboot but i need to make a backup first.

Is there a way to fix this error or back up my computer?
I can make live USB's and I have a data transfer cable.

Thanks in advance.

A:Help; Backup needed.

See here, sound slike it's exactly what you need: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

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My problem is not with this computer... I have also Compaq cq50z-100, Windows Vista Home Premiun SP2... my problem is this... Somehow I got a virus...after being so 'effing careful to boot. Now when I start my laptop, I get a quick flash of the command prompt window followed by a quick blank blue screen ... and then these 2 things repeat themselves and then nothing works except my mouse will move. So I tried what I know, recovery and such. It will not do anything in safe mode at all either. It will not let me change the boot drive order ( I guess that is what it is called), to the disc drive to run the recovery from my discs. So I got a friend to look at it. He says that my operating system is fried. He said I need to call Acer and buy an operating system disc set. Ok my question is this... are these discs different than the set of discs that I made when I first got my computer, the ones I call the recovery discs? Also why would I need to get them from Acer? Wouldn't I get them from HP or Compaq since this is who I bought my computer from? I am holding off spending the money to buy these new discs until I am certain that they are what I need to fix my computer. And if this guy really knows what he is doing. Any help is greatly appreaciated.

A:Operating system discs vs recovery discs

Your friend told you to call Acer for help with a Compaq computer? If so, I wouldn't go to that friend for any more technical help.

If you already have recovery/restore/operating system disks (whatever you want to call them), then you don't need to purchase anything else. You need to boot from them. Explain what you mean by "it will not let me change the boot order". Does that mean you don't know how? Your BIOS is password protected? They keyboard doesn't work?

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Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4087 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 268949 MB; J: Total - 161018 MB, Free - 73302 MB; K: Total - 48461 MB, Free - 48360 MB; L: Total - 267457 MB, Free - 267349 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H55M-LE, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Backup help needed

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I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.

A:Backup Advice Needed

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I just backed up my drive with 3 partitions with Nero on DVD.
If my Windows XP ever takes a crap again: Will I have reinstall XP and Nero and then restore:? If yes: With or without partitions? Will the restore overwrite the registry so all my programs will work? I am not trying to beat any copy protection here, It just takes me days on days to reinstall all my music studio programs and dink around digging up all the keys and disk's. I have always started from scratch in the past.


A:Backup advice needed!

Your data should be good. I doubt the DVD is bootable though. You would need to reinstall XP, programs, drivers, ect. And then you could copy the data.

You cain't simply back up your system and restore it as files in use cain't be copied and anytime Windows is active there will be files in use.

If what you are looking for is a means to restore your system then you need a image of the drive. Ghost or Drive Image will make a image than can be used to do a restore. They boot to their own system.

FWIW I run a vanilla system with few special drivers. I have my drive partitioned as you do and I load XP and drivers to C, application programs to D and data goes to E. So I just back up data on E. Therefore I don't clone my drive. If I feel the need to reload XP I back up E and reload XP and my programs.

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Hello everyone, I love to make back up of dvds that I like so that I can watch them later when I feel so. But the problem is that the recent dvds are not so easy to back up as the people are using certain tricks so that the dvd cant be copied like bad sectors, encrypting and other things. Can anyone give me software for my solution?

Thanks in advance!!!

A:DVD backup software needed!!!

I believe this section of TSG "Rules" applies to what you are requesting:

Other Illegal Activities - As you might expect, we don't want anything illegal going on here. Users cannot post hacks, cracks, pirated software, or anything of the like. Furthermore, we do not allow instructions on how to complete illegal activities, such as pirating. Please don't ask for advise on using illegal software, as it will be removed.


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i need to backup my Inspiron laptop as well as my iPad 2. I've narrowed it down to buying the cord. Now I need referrals for backup software. I'd like to backup Windows to my iPad as well as to a flash drive. Then I want to backup my iPad to iTunes on my Windows laptop, then to flash drive.

Which software do you suggest -- free preferably -- to do all this? I've been using Windows since 3.0 but Apple is fairly new. I'd need something fairly simple to use.

Once done, I'll upgrade to a Windows 8. I'm waiting on ten as I've read too many horror stories. That's normal, I know, but I always wait a while

Thank you

A:Backup advice needed

I don't know what "buying the cord" means.

I know absolutely nothing about backing up an iPad.

I have no idea if you could back up an Inspiron to an iPad. I've never heard of such a thing. Anything is possible.

You ought to think in terms of backing up the Inspiron to a hard drive of some type. Not to an iPad. Not to a flash drive.

I'm assuming you are referring to backing up Windows itself, not just your personal data, pictures, videos, etc.

The standard tool to backup Windows to a hard drive is imaging software such as Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper. Both are free.

You can back up to DVDs, but it's foolish and asking for trouble.

If you just want to back up your personal data, rather than your Windows installation, that's another story entirely.

"Backup" is a poorly defined word that means different things to different people at different times. What do you mean when you use it?

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I have a program which i use daily at work, the program instalation disk is a single use disk only so should i encounter a problem with this program i have to contact the company and wait 4-6 working days for a new disc. My question is, would a back-up program restore this program to working condition should i encounter another problem , and avoid the 4-6 day wait ?

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Hi, I'm new here... but then again, you probably already guessed that by the fact that I'm posting this in the general discussion forum.

As I'm pretty sure this isn't the right place to ask I'm hoping someone will point me in the direction of where that is, but in case there's a quick and easy fix someone knows of I'm going to ask anyway.

I've backed up a network of, say, 6 PCs onto a NAS drive and then copy/pasted all that onto an external HDD to be kept away from the network. But how can I restore from this HDD when backup & restore doesn't appear to let me find the HDD.

Is there a way of setting up another backup to take all the stuff off the NAS and put it on the HDD or will C&P suffice?

All help gratefully received, though I totally understand if you just roll your eyes and tut, tut at the newbie.



A:Backup and restore help needed

From what I can tell, C&P should be fine, although it'd be better to clone the partition using a program like Partition Wizard. Granted, it will take longer to clone the partition each time you want a backup of your backups but it will make sure that you can use the Backup files and that you don't miss anyway hidden files.

BTW, Please don't post duplicates...
MODERATOR: This is a clone of this post:

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I'm looking for a simple and inexpensive backup solution for a remote location. They have just over a gigabyte of data that needs to be backed up regularly (at least weekly if not daily). I'm sure the amount of data to be backed up will grow over time. These user's do not have an on-site tech and are not very computer savvy. They're okay, but as simple a solution as possible is what is needed. I'm looking for something that would hang off of a PC, maybe via USB? There are no servers over there, just about six PC's all running Windows 2000 Professional. The data to be backed up is on a single PC. Any ideas?

A:Backup solution needed

An external USB2 Hard drive would be a great solution. It could be partitioned and used for several different machines too if needed. It can easily be taken off-site (as any real back-up should).

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My laptop has two particitions, C and D. C seems to have quite some bad sectors. Ran chkdsk yesterday for whole day and it marked out some bad sectors.

Now when I do fresh install to drive C, installation cannot complete. Once copying from DVD is over, I can pass the "starting windows" screen but then it loads the blue desktop and an error pop up saying windows was not installed successfully and try to restart. But this just keeps going in circles and never finishes.

I also tried to install OS on D, without formatting D, but ended up with the same situation.

What I am trying now is to back up everything on D and redo the disk partitioning and try again.

But because 1) i do not have an OS now and 2) i cannot install windows on C, the only option I have for backing up is using the command line window during the installation to copy files from D to an external usb disk.

I am using "xcopy /S" and that is extremely slow, driver D has 180G of data...

All the other threads about using robocopy etc tools does not apply here because i do not even have an OS.

So my question is if there is any way I can do the copying/backup faster?


A:Win7 install - fast copy/backup during install (harddisk failure)

Get Macrium reflect free on the pc your typing this from and have it make a usb recovery disk when it asks you too then boot to it on the laptop with your external drive also plugged in and then have it make an image of the d partition to your external. You can then erase both partitions in the windows installer and make a fresh one. When it is done you can install Reflect on the laptop and then you can mount that image with it for file transfer back. But if your install is failing it might be your disk is just to far gone at this point in which case you should image your data so you have it anyways.

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i need to identify an old tape backup (1999?)

from the device stickers

hewlett packard model XXGBi

also twice MX00302822

TRAVAN on the faceplate

inside i can see colorado 5GB
PN: C4354-56000

I salveged this out of a friends system with a fried HD and my system recognises it but i dont know the exact driver to download for win98se.

A:driver for old tape backup needed

Internal or external?

internal colorado 5GB internal travan drive

external colorado 5GB external travan drive

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I am looking for good, free or inexpensive, backup software to allow scheduled backups of data from a laptop to an external hard drive. Again, I need to be able to schedule backups, as well as set up exactly what folders get backed up. And the software must create some sort of place for each backup seperately on the external hard drive, not just overwrite what has already been backed up. Log creation would be a bonus, too.

Please only recommend software if you have first hand knowledge of it. Thanks so much!

A:Backup Software Recommendation Needed.


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hi guys iam using win7 ultimate evalutioin copy
it is going to expire in 2 days if it expires all my data will be lost or not
i am using windows xp as alternative

help me fast

A:backup needed for evalution copy

Back up your data. Purchase Win 7.

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My laptop hard drive is formatted as Dynamic, but i want to convert disk to Basic and restore the same system and continue work.

i used backup and restore to create system disk and saved on a external hard drive

my question is if i restore the system image will restore process create dynamic partition or basic when restoring? will there be a option to select with partition table i want to create before restore?


A:help needed with windows 7 backup and restore

I wouldn't want to restore an image of dynamic disks if I wanted to get rid of dynamic disks. I don't use Windows Backup, but would not expect it to offer me any choice between dynamic and basic during the restoraton process.

You need to look here, particularly at option 4:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

And avoid dynamic disks like the plague in the future.

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I don't know if this is the right place for this place for this question but here goes.

I want to make a backup copy of the 3 laptops in my home and I need to calculate
the number of CD's I will need to do it.

Other than manualy, does anyone know of a calculator that I can use do this.


A:Solved: Number of CD's needed for a backup

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I have the windows backup set to save my important folders to my second drive.

the backup file keeps getting larger (now many gigs).

does the program ever start a new backup file?

when I first used it a few years back, it would start a fresh file periodically so
I could delete old backups.

is it me or is it microsoft??


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I recently backed up my files to the Recovery D drive (Back up and Restore center). It failed as I did not have enough memory to complete the op. I've since uninstalled programs that I do not normall use, but still only have 20MB free out of the 10GB drive. I'm trying to go into the user files to delete folders which contain pictures that I want to delete to free up room. BUt when I click on the folder and try to delete it, I get an error message indicating that I do not have enough memory to complete the operation. So how do I delete these folders (that contain a ton of pics)?? Any help would be appreciated!

A:Help needed in deleting backup files

As suggested by richc46 I tried to delete one pic at a time; however I am still receiving an error message indicating that there is not enough disk space to perform this operation. Any other ideas?

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I thought it would be a good idea to have a back-up of my files, vital programs etc in the event of my PC crashing and losing everything as my PC is coming up to 6yrs old. I have downloaded and printed off a copy of a step by step Windows reformat and have my original XP Home Edition SP1 disc as well as a streamlined
disc my son in law made with SP2 added.
My question is, what programs etc do I need to make a back up disc of my Firewall, AV, Spyware and other security programs as well as any necessary files etc. I have several DVD+R recordable discs with 4.7GB capacity which I plan to use. I am used to burning music CD's using Windows Media Player 11 but having never done this before am not sure if I can use WMP11 to make a data disc or do I need any special program instead and would appreciate any advice / help offered.

A:Making a Backup Disc Help Needed.

You will want software that will let you span discs so that you can fill up each disc completely and then insert another one to continue copying without having to find files that do not exceed the capacity of each individual disc. I finally bit the bullet and bought a 500 Gb external USB drive and Acronis True Image both for a little over $100. I can mirror image my entire internal 80 Gb hard drive or recover the entire internal image in about 2.5 hours on my old machine. I mirror the internal at night so it takes no time. When you back up to CD's it's a slow process each time that has to be repeated over and over. Then you have to really know where all your user files are located and it is easy to miss backing up an important data file that may not be in your user directory. The other part is that for me it would literally take days to restore all the application software I currently am using and get all the application settings back. I am cheap but that $100 investment has been worth every penny.

Good Luck

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Can anyone please tell me if it is possible to backup the data on my EXTERNAL hard drive?

Also another option might be to change it from NTFS to fat32 without losing any data???


A:Data Backup Help Needed - URGENTLY

you can backup your stuff on an external hard drive, but the problem with this is that the external is only a hard drive, if this fails you will loose your work, what you should do is back up your stuff on DVDs this is a more permanent and secure way of backing up.

any external drives or flash drives should really be kept as FAT32, but depending on the size of the drive you can consider partitioning it one side FAT32 the other NTFS.

read this, going from NTFS to FAT32 - do a google search.

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I have a one person office I rent from a company. The company has a network and a server. They have tight security so I can't plug anything into the network other than my workstation.

I have about 50GB of files on their server (they partitioned me some space and assigned me a network drive letter of H ) and another 50GB of files on my C: hard drive.

I need to back up this data to a local NAS drive and keep the backup current. I suppose all I can use is USB 2.0 for that unless there's some faster way... maybe put a card in my workstation or something.

Right now I have XP Pro SP3 but will be migrating to Windows 7 pro in a few months.

Ideally, I would like a NAS drive that has autobackup built in and can backup the data on both drives and keep it current rather than having to use Windows backup or install a stand alone software backup program.

LEO! LEO'S FRIENDS! HELP! I know you guys are really really smart. Is there a great solution that meets these requirements?

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: NAS Backup Solution Help Needed


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I run a backup tape on the company server, it schedule at 2:00 o'clock A.M. My problem is we have a alot to storage so when I come in at 6:00 A.M. I put a second tape in. Then at around 12:00 P.M I put a 3rd tape it finally completes its the whole backup.

Here is my creative thinking. Is there a external backup device that I could put 3 tapes or more in and have a Data tape that is tied to the device ( example; Think of a box with a tail and at the tip of the tail it has a data storage tape ) and then insert that tape to the server so when the backup schedule runs at 2:00 A.M. and when it stops at 5:00 A.M it will trigger the second tape in the device and so forth. Hopefully I made this clear.

Is there a device like that?

A:External Backup device needed

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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a while but have swung by because I'm in desperate need of help in deciding down which route to go with regard to backups.

The thing is that there is no sub-forum where this question would be appropriate - so I'll ask it here!

I need to perform a backup on an HP Proliant DL360 server so that in the event of theft / failure / fire etc. I can restore the system and also the files. It's got an 80Gb capacity, and there's constantly about 60GB (mainly of PDFs) on it.

The prime consideration is cost - or the lack of it because the company is very small. Before I arrived someone bought a Sony AIT-1 tape drive (35gb per tape) so I suppose I could use that but I need to be able to backup all the system files while the server is up and then restore them in the event of a failure. I also don't know what backup software is good or even compatible with this drive.

I was wondering if there's a software solution that would enable me to make a complete copy of the server's drive to my PC (over the network) and then simply update that every evening by copying changes over. I've got plenty of space on the PC and then if I needed to restore the server I could just push the data back onto new hardware.

The third way could be to buy a USB hard drive caddy and copy the system to that but I would still have the problem of copying the windows files and also climbing into the server room every time I need a backup and, we,, it's not a very elegan... Read more

A:In Need of an 'Everything Else' forum?? Backup Advice needed...

moving you to xp forum

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Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 on a Windows 7 Ultimate system.

I'm creating an image onto the primary drive of a partition on a secondary drive. I have Acronis set to divide the backups into 1.95-gigabyte sections. Each time it completes a 1.95-gigabyte part, it puts up an "Insert next volume" dialog. It says "Please insert next volume or select different location.". Problem is there is still many times more space at the backup location than is need for the image. I'm having to attend to this throughout the backup process--clicking on "OK" time and again to get it to continue.

I get the same result on three different systems so this problem is not unique to one computer.

Does anyone know how to stop this annoying behavior?

A:Acronis backup asks for next volume when one isn't needed.

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I had a Samsung RV511 laptop which has a lot of important information on it, so I bought a 1TB Toshiba hard drive which came with back up software. I backed up the whole system as a system image. Had I known the difficulty I have now, I would have just backed up the files. My laptop died, and so I need to know....

If I buy another laptop the same, will I be able to backup the system image from my old laptop?

If I buy another does the spec need to be exactly the same? i.e. I have seen another with a smaller hard drive and less memory. My laptop was 640GB hdd and the ones I have seen are 320GB and 500GB. I have not as yet seen a second hand one with the same spec as mine. Also the ones I have seen have less RAM, mine is 6GB, and the ones I have seen are 3-4GB.

Can someone tell me what I need to buy in order to restore this system image please? I understand that I will have backed up drivers, so does that mean the new laptop has to have the same hardware?

I have read about software that will enable you to restore to another computer, but cost is a factor at the moment, so I don't want to waste money on something that won't work. I have read good and bad about the software.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading

A:Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

You want to restore the image of the C partition on the old laptop onto a new laptop?

I'm assuming the new laptop will have a new Windows installation when you buy it---they nearly always do.

I can't see why you would want to do that, leaving aside the legality. If you did it, the fresh Windows installation on the new laptop would be destroyed (overwritten) by the restoration of the image of the old laptop. What's the advantage of that?

On the other hand, if you simply want to restore your DATA (not Windows) from the old laptop to the new laptop, you should be able to do that without overwriting your new Windows installation.

I'm guessing you used Toshiba software to make this image.

I know nothing at all about that software, but there should certainly be a way to drill down into the image and simply copy your data files to the new laptop with the mouse or keyboard. You can certainly do that with other imaging programs. I'd consult the documentation for the Toshiba software, which may be included with the drive or may be available on the Toshiba website.

Imaging software is not the sharpest tool for backing up data, as you've found out. It works, but it can be testy or clumsy.

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Hi All,
I have Windows 8.1 and would like to use the System Image Backup option in Windows under File History. I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook that was shipped with the Factory Image pre-installed on the hard drive. I want to be absolutely certain that I dont damage or remove the Dell installed factory image as I want to always have the option to do a Microsoft Reset using that factory image in the future when required.
I know nothing about where this factory image is installed on my hard drive but I only have one hard drive on my PC. I just want to backup the System Image and be able to Restore the system image back to the same hard drive on my PC in the future. I havent made any changes to partitions on the drive and never will. Its exactly as it was when shipped from Dell.
Can anyone advise me of the options I need to select during the Sysem Image Backup and Restore process so I dont remove or corrupt the pre-installed factory image on my hard drive during the process?

A:Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

You need to make the DVD's and keep them in a safe place. If you wish to make a whole drive image, use Clonezilla or EaseUS Workstation Todo. At least with the EaseUS software, you can shrink or grow the image, depending on the size of the drive. Clonezilla makes it a little harder, since you have to have the exact same drive that the original image was one.

All the factory image does, is allow you to restore it back to the "OOB" or "Out Of the Box" image. Anything you have installed, will not be in that image, so you have to use a third party software to get the job done.

Microsoft's backup software fails too much for Windows 8 & 10. That is because it was written for Windows 7 and below OS's.

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I have a 5 years old PC with 80gb internal hard drive. I've just bought an external hard drive; Buffalo Drivestation 1tb. My aim is:

1- To boot from Buffalo DriveStation in the event of internal harddrive failure (the hd start making clicking sound). I've just reformat my PC and a one-off 'copy' of how my OS setting is fine, I dont need scheduled backup / 'copy' of my OS in my Buffalo DriveStation. FYI, the OS is in my C: where else files, pictures, songs etc is in different partition.

2- To make scheduled backups files,pictures, songs etc partition to Buffalo DriveStation every fortnight or so.

3- Im planning to partition the Buffalo DriveStation such as below:
a) 10gb --> to make a 'copy' of my current C: drive where my OS is
b) 150gb --> for pictures
c) 300gb --> for videos
d) 50gb --> for files
e) 490gb --> to 'copy' partitions b) to d)

I've been reading Acronis and googled on how to do the above but not sure whether I should go with 'Disk Cloning' or 'Mounting Images' or both to perform Task 1 and Task 3e?

Also, in order to perform partition my Buffalo DriveStation as outlined in Task3 using Partition Magic, do I have to choose the specific task of 'Install Another Operating OS' for Task 3a?

I hope I have explained everything as clearly as possible and appreciate any help.

Thank you

A:Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

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With my desktop cpu slowing down, I decided to run the backup utility to save all of my files before running the
restore program. Once I knew all my files were safely backed on my usb hard drive, I ran the restore. Now I am
trying to reload my backup files and the system will not let me. I have saved the zip files to my desktop for now
and have been trying to locate the folder to move them into to see if that will work.

I had a similar issue with a friends XP loaded computer but I was able to load the Microsoft Utility Backup Software but it
looks like this program will not load on Vista. I have the home version of Vista.

Any suggestion would be extremely appreciated.

Thank you,


A:Loading Vista Backup Files Help Needed

If the files are in a .zip.. you should be able to right click the folder and extract the files.. or just go into the .zip and try and open a file and that should start the extraction process.

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I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A:Device Drivers backup Software needed

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Hi,I am pleased to announce that we will soon be launching the BETA program for Oops!Backup version 3.For those of you that remember, in September last year I posted a similar post - - so as to get BETA testers for version 2. The feedback we received from the BETA testers was great and we are looking to do the same for version 3.For those that are reading about Oops!Backup the first time - Oops!Backup is a very easy to use Continuous Data Protect (CDP) software backup product. Oops!Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. We are planning to launch the BETA in about 6 weeks time. We would love to get beta testers to help us beta test Oops!Backup v3. Beta testers will also get a free license once they are accepted into the program.It's still too early to mention the new features in v3 but I will be making these public to the BETA list later on.So - anyone that wants to join the Altaro Oops!Backup v3 BETA program go to the note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the pr... Read more

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?


A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this:

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Hey All We are a new software company (Altaro Software) and we are developing a backup / version control product called Oops! Backup. Oops! Backup is a hybrid between a traditional software backup product and a lightweight version control system. Oops! Backup automatically tracks changes to documents, photos and other files and allows you to backtrack to any point in time. To a certain extent it is a Time Machine for Windows - we did get influenced by it.We will be going into BETA in about 3 weeks time and are looking for BETA testers - anyone willing to give it a try fill in the form here. We will obviously give a free license for the BETA testers that download and test the product. The license obviously will never expire Oops! Backup has a great graphical interface to go back in time and restore files You can see the backup product screenshots here.The backup software product features here.Your opinions and constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated (would love to hear the bad stuff ... more than the good stuff).Please note that anyone testing the BETA version will be testing a BETA product. This means that the product is at a stage were we think that it has no bugs however we are still not 100% convinced - i.e. there is a possibility that it WILL have some bugs - but probably small ones in the user interface. Once the BETA period finishes we will then release the product in full - and the BETA testers that download and install will get their fr... Read more

A:BETA Testers Needed - Oops! Backup Product

I have given permission for this topic to be created. The product looks interesting and anyone interesting in a new backup software may want to take a look at it.

David, I assume any questions or issues that arise from using this product can be posted here?

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