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Do Win files really deteriorate over time? Why no Win System disks?

By johnnief ยท 5 replies
Nov 10, 2005
  1. You know, when you talk to the triage person at most tech stores you hear the same thing, "over time your computer has a hard time finding your windows files and you have to refresh your operating system." It is as if they are saying the the magnetic information loses it magnetism or the hard drive loses track of the full file (which I have to think is intact-unfragmented and unlosable.) They generally say this when your driver needs to be reinstalled or some .dll can't be found that worked fine the day before and you haven't added anything or changed your system (intentionally) in weeks.

    So, the response to some tech issues is just, "refresh your system" or "reload the drivers."

    That brings me to point number 2. I have a laptop with recovery disks. Of course, I have a label on the bottom of the computer that shows my key to my legit copy of Windows XP Home. But, the recovery disks will rewrite over my system and data. They restore an image. So, they are unusable for repairing or refreshing Windows.

    That means that I have to go out and buy a second copy of Win XP H, even though I apparently own a copy. This seems wrong and unfair. Why should I shell out $200 for XP Home (if I have to pay, I should at least get Pro, but that will not refresh my system) if I already own a copy. I just don't have the disk.

    This is frustrating.


  2. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Contact the laptop manufacturer and request a WinXP CD...
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    If they will not provide you with one they may be able to furnish instructions for burning an image of your hidden XP partition that will work.

    patio. 8)
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, hard disks do not deteriorate. It is Windows' internal logic (or the lack of it) that fails to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of the system. The "refresh" means getting rid of the jumbled up registry and all kinds of accumulated system files and start over.
  4. johnnief

    johnnief TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thank you.
  5. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Windows can do a shuffle

  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

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