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Resetting Windows XP

By learninmypc ยท 46 replies
Oct 27, 2017
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  1. A friend gave a desktop win XP yesterday & despite the fact it was/is seriously infected, all I want to do is clean it up or re set it to factory setting, so I can use it to store pictures. Offline of course. How do I reset it with no disc(s)? Thanks
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Would this do it ?
    How do I delete everything off my computer except the operating system?
    Click Start, then choose "Control Panel." Click "System and Security," then choose "Restore Your Computer to an Earlier Time" in the Action Center section. 2. Click "Advanced Recovery Methods," then choose "Return Your Computer to Factory Condition."

    Got that here https://www.google.com/search?q=res....69i57j0l5.15274j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
     
  3. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Will Belarc Advisor show me make & model number?
     
  5. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

    Hi Yes It should show you make & model number. If your PC doesn't have the recovery partition, you will need a restore CD to restore back to factory. Here's ways to set HP back to factory. You can find restore disks for XP on amazon. They are very cheap.
    https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07145
     
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Ok, no recovery partition, no restore discs (CD) & no $$$ to buy off Amazon. Sorry to sound impatient, I just want to reset it.
     
  7. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

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  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    In a link I saw either on your link or mine, it mentioned a hidden recovery partition, hmmm, where might it be? Anyhow, if I turn this into a door stop, my bad. Thank you :)
     
  9. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

    If you have a hidden recovery partition, you will see it in disc management. Capture26.JPG
     
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  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Ok, I've set it aside for now till I decide what to do with it, thank you.
     
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    @holdum323 Is it possible to clone the OS only? I have cd/rw's .
    Where on Belarc Advisor will I find make & model? Thank you.
     
  12. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

    Where on Belarc Advisor will I find make & model? Thank you.[/QUOTE]
    I don't use Belarc Advisior. I use Speccy.
    No! You don't clone a OS. You clone the Hard Drive. You need a 3rd party image program like Macrium Reflect to create a clone. You could try to clean the PC if it's infected. That's a whole different ball game.
    https://www.lifewire.com/belarc-advisor-review-2625784
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2017
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    I will "try" Speccy, thank you & ok.
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Seems like that isn't an ideal use of an old computer (storing pictures), since you can just accomplish this with an external hard drive or even USB stick. However, if that is really all you want to do with it you could consider a light linux distribution such as PuppyLinux , you can store your photos with that and have a fully functional OS that can be networked without the security concerns that XP brings.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017
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  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Fully understand. At the time of that post, I had no idea the harddrive is only 185 gb's. Its been a pain just finding programs to use on it to get it clean . I think I'll see if @Broni can get it clean for me & go from there. I was hoping to reset it to factory setting instead of cleaning it but........Thank you for your input, I appreciate it.
     
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    I don't think it is worth 'cleaning' to still end up with an OS that isn't receiving support/updates anymore. You could probably find an iso of XPSP3 online somewhere or buy one from eBay and accomplish your goal quicker and with less headaches than trying to clean a compromised OS. (but I still think the best option if you want to have the computer able to do real work would be to run a lightweight linux)
     
  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Thanks, I may just try Linux after all
     
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    I'm being totally honest when I say I know zero about Linux. That said, if you could give me a step by step instructions on how to install PuppyLinux on my WXP PROFESSIONAL, I'd appreciate it. I do have some cd/rw & I think some CDR discs
     
  19. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

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    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    I don't use Belarc Advisior. I use Speccy.
    No! You don't clone a OS. You clone the Hard Drive. You need a 3rd party image program like Macrium Reflect to create a clone. You could try to clean the PC if it's infected. That's a whole different ball game.
    https://www.lifewire.com/belarc-advisor-review-2625784[/QUOTE]
    Not from speccy but from th pc here are he specs
    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name WINXPBE-152403
    System Manufacturer SYX
    System Model snc302eeh
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 12 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~2199 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 2/4/2005
    SMBIOS Version 2.2
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5574 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.080402-1256)"
    User Name WINXPBE-152403\Admin
    Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
    Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1.37 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB
    Page File Space 3.85 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
     
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Apparently you can just run it off USB stick, and that is the preferred method. http://puppylinux.org/main/Puppy430-tutorial-English.pdf
     
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  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Ok, right now Broni is helping me get it cleaned, once its done, I might give it a shot, thank you :)
     
  23. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Sorry for the delayed reply, but there is no recovery partition :( .
     
  24. holdum323

    holdum323 TS Enthusiast Posts: 430   +41

    Thank you for your reply. I would suggest you install a Linux OS, or clean it up and then stay off the internet, because XP is no longer supported by MS and you will be exposed to all kinds of ransomware and other malware. I prefer UBUNTU. https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
    Good luck!
     
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 7,485   +376

    Yes, understood. :)
     

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