The How-To Geek Forums Have Migrated to Discourse


How-To Geek Forums / Windows XP

(Solved) - Running XP recovery discs

(38 posts)
  • Started 4 years ago by nell
  • Latest reply from vistamike
  • Topic Viewed 1597 times

nell
Posts: 54

My Windows XP laptop computer has crashed and I inserted disk 1 of a Recovery disk I made ages ago when I first had the pc. It has been running now for about 3 hours. How long do they take to run approx? It is working, i.e. the magnifying glass is circling the computer in the middle of the screen. I have never run one before so I do not mind how long it takes, but if it is only a short time then I may be wasting my time. Would welcome the views of any member who may have run them.
Thanks

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

hi nell it could finish now or in 2 hours who knows it depends how fast your hdd speed is :) don,t worry it will be fine
mark. PS make sure power supply lead is plugged in at all times. nell one mor thing have they been kept in a dust free place ?,.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Thanks for that marks100. I keep looking in on it and it is still chugging away, I have disk 2 after this so am in for a long night by the looks of it.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

you can hold the disk carefully and look to see if fingermarked, make a cupper sorry , its one of those things
mark.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Have had several cuppers, its been running since 2.3o this afternoon, now 8 p.m, but the magnifying glass is still revolving around the computer. Forgot to see you mentioned a dust free environment, yes, they have been kept in cases individually. I will just keep it running even leave it overnight, hang the electric bill, but if it is still running in the morning then it must be a glitch somehow. But sometimes these things do take ages and never having done it before I am in the dark as to approximate times. Thanks for your interest.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

did you put #1 disk in ? did it show any screen before it started loading ? can you remember how long all three disk's took to make ? it seems a bit to long but all depends how much data you have on the remaining disk,s.
mark.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

what's the make and model of your computer so we can see how fast it is?

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

yes I put no. 1 in, then the Compaq PC Recovery screen came up to say "Backing up User data and Settings" and the mag. glass revolving is all that is on the screen. No other notations appeared as far as i know, but I did pop out of the room just after installing the disk and starting to run the computer.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Hi StrinJunky, Its an HP Compaq Presario,C300 laptop Windows Xp Media Centre Edition

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

is the disk-drive still running @ tony any other thought's ? nell keep it running for a while more
mark.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

If it's backing up data rather than just putting a clean system on it's anybody's guess how long it will take.

Thanks Nell. It's got 512mb ram so it could take ages. Did you select to save your data and settings?

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Hi StringJunky, well at least I am happy at knowing that it may take a long time, which case I will just leave it. As a novice some things happen quick and others take ages, this must be in the latter category, for as I say I have never done it before, it is still whizzing around.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

What time of day is it where you are/

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

8.45 p.m, its been running since 2.15.p.m

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

nell btw when it finely finishes disk1 ,it will ask for disk 2 and so on so i wouldn't leave it untended for any long lenth,s of time
mark.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Wish it would ask for disk 2. I should have started it a.m. I May be going to bed late then, but I can't stay up alnight, need my beauty sleep. If the worst comes to the worst if it is really late and it is still running on the first disk, would it be ok to just manually switch off the computer and start again with the disk tomorrow? I know that is not ideal though.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Not a good idea. When you start something like that, you should finish it.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Leave it on all night... it hopefully will be waiting for you to put disk 2 in the morning. If not you can start again and if you get the option second time round installing to NOT save your data, choose that one (if that's ok with you losing it) and it should run loads quicker. Go to bed when it's bedtime AND FORGET ABOUT IT TIL THE MORNING! OK? :) Nothing worse than staying up half the night only to find it failed... better to find out when you wake up refreshed.

Tony

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
Ruja
Posts: 230

I think I bet against this recovery ending anytime soon, so here is my advise in case it goes wrong:

If you have important files inside your computer, and they have not been deleted by this "recovery" attempt, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD to try to rescue those files: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

You can download the ISO image of Ubuntu Live CD from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop . Select 12.04 (32-bit version), and then on the next page go to the bottom and select "Not now, take me to the download".

Then you should do a clean install of an Operating System. But I don't know how you could legally obtain a Windows XP Media Center installation disk. If you don't have one we'll try to find a way you could get one.

Also, please take into consideration that Windows XP is 11 years old, and support for it ends in April 8, 2014 (that's in 1 year, 4 months and 23 days). Consider upgrading to a newer Operating System, such as Windows 7 or Ubuntu 12.04. If you want, you can download an ISO for a Windows 7 install disk and try it in your computer without a key for 30 days: http://www.askvg.com/direct-do.....nd-64-bit/ . Ubuntu is free, and you can install it from the Live CD i mentioned above.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Ruja

This is a 2006ish computer...unlikely W7 drivers are available for it.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

What a lot to take in at this time of night, but many thanks for the thought and effort everyone has put in. I will leave it running and have a good night's sleep, with luck, unless I wake up screaming about downloads etc. Good night to all.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
Ruja
Posts: 230

Windows 7 works great on 2006 (and even older) computers, my cousin just upgraded from Windows XP Media Center to Windows 7 following my advise after an infection, and everything is working perfectly (he got a student license). I even installed Windows 7 on PCs with Pentium 4 and 1 GB of RAM, not the fastest systems in the world, and with no aero and all of that, but quite usable. Give it a try before buying just in case, but driver support is much better in Windows 7 than in Windows XP, most things work out of the box.

Now I can't sleep waiting till tomorrow...

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Went to bed with a headache, but good night's sleep. Excitedly went to have a look at my pc - deflation- the bl...y magnifying class is still whizzing round the computer icon, with the same message "Backing up user data and settings".
I have to go out but will try to borrow a friend's computer this afternoon/evening to follow through.
If it is still the same at 2pm it will have been running then for about 24 hours, think I will switch it off and then see if I can make sense of attempting to download Ubuntu, at first glance it looks really confusing but no time at present.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

hi nell ,it sounds like it wont,t be long phewww,
mark.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
vistamike
Posts: 10945
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

nell, check this out its free and got a very windows feel to it
ps your system specs will run this fast :).zorin OS

also read this info http://zorin-os.com/free.html

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
vistamike
Posts: 10945

nell, you are in the UK. I'm pretty sure I have a spare 512mb stick of ram. ( might even have 2 )
Do you know how your ram is configured at the moment ( 1 x 512mb in one slot or 2 x 256 in both? )

If you want to upgrade the ram, click on my profile and mail me your address, I will send FOC to you.

Mike

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

That is nice of you to offer Mike, but just this minute, i.e. after 24 hours my machine has stopped whizzing and the black screen with white writing now reads,
Press R for standard PC Recover options,
Press F to format the hard drive and re-instal the original factory settings all data will be lost
Press Q to quit this menu

I have not installed the disk 2 yet only disk 1, so should I quit and then install disk 2, or go for one of the other options?

What should I do now?

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
vistamike
Posts: 10945

24 hours is a day and is a long time for sure! Something is wrong. Did you not get the option to insert disk 2?

R = for standard PC Recover options
F = format. This command will wipe what you have on the machine. Have you saved your data?

Which suggests that windows is not installing at this stage, you need to format before a clean install. So try that next.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
germ-x
Posts: 5310

When you started and the little circle was spinning collecting and saving system data for 24hrs you shouold have been prompted with a "Where do you want to save this data to" message. I don't know if you have any other partitions and that disk didn't save to your "C" drive as that would be a waste of time since you are now prompted to either factory restore or a format. That disk might just have gotten dizzy and confused for 24hrs. Like Mike suggested if you have any important data that needs saved you will have to use a utility like Unbunta and make a bootable disk then copy your data to another storage device before trying a fresh installation

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

ok did that, then came up "press Y to format the hard drive and reinstal original factory settings"
Now at bottom of the screen says "Preparing Recovery Partition please wait.
At least something is happening,
Now came up
"System Recovery please wait"
"Hard Disk Preparation
Welcome to PC Recovery
This programme recreates a recovery partition on your hard drive"

At mom there is a bar across the screen with a green bit slowly going to move across, currently at 1% so may take some time, I am beginning to feel am getting somewhere, I will revert when it finishes, hopefully.

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Just to update all who have been so great to me
The Recovery disk 1 popped out automatically when the bar got across to 22% and a message on screen said "Instal Recovery Disk 2), this was about after 40 minutes and the bar stopped at 22%
I have installed Recovery Disk 2, pressed OK, and the bar has now slowly started to move across the screen with the folders above transferring from left to right in normal Windows fashion.
Bar currently at 27% and going to have a cup of tea.
Tell you what, I am learning a lot from this, whether I remember it in future is another matter.
I Will revert with update later, hope nobody is yawning?

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
StringJunky
Posts: 2454

Sounds like it is proceeding normally now

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

What a relief - it all worked ok and have now gone back to beginnings, need to reinstall some progs. and I need to re-install my Kaspersky Pure Security that I have recently paid for. Would appreciate the best way of doing that, or maybe that should go on another post.
Anyway folks I am now up and running whereas I had visions of scrapping the pc.
I really am grateful for all the help and advice received, all the mental stress of this has been with me and I am now on the relatively easy bit of replacing some of my progs.
Many Thanks

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
marks100
Posts: 4507

nell, did you keep a copy ie,email, note of the product key ? just down load the same AV then insssert the product key , should be ok
mark. glad you made it

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
nell
Posts: 54

Yes I have all the info so will dig it out tomorrow, I am mentally shattered tonight, had enough of computers today.
Good night to all

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
XxChungxX
Posts: 91

okay,

i dont use windows XP anymore
why don't you upgrade?

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 
vistamike
Posts: 10945

XxChungxX, we are putting you on a 30 day ban, your help is quite useless

Posted 4 years ago
Top
 



Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.