Restoring your Computer

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With Windows 2000 to restore your computer to an original setting you would use the Emergency Repair Disk. The facility in Windows XP Professional is the Automated System Recovery, ERD and ASR are referenced during the setup process which prompt you to repair your system, you should also perform a complete backup of your system and any important files anyway, but remember ERD and ASR do not backup your data.

To create an ASR disk go to start, all programs, accessories, and select backup from the menu, this opens the backup utility, here you can select the automated system recovery wizard.

To use the recovery disk you will need to insert the your original installation disk and press F2 to run automated system recovery, then you will need to insert your automated system recovery disk and re-install all the settings that were backup to that disk.

Windows Vista uses Windows Backup and Restore in Windows Vista you would go to start, all programs, maintenance, backup and restore center which opens up the backup and restore wizard to make backups of files or backing up the system or to restore your system to a previous backup.

To repair Windows Vista insert the installation disk, you are first prompted to select a language, time and currency format and the keyboard click next and instead of installing Vista on the next screen select repair your computer, select the operating system and the screen below opens offering the various choices.

Computer Studies Recovery

To repair Windows XP insert the installation disk and at the welcome to setup screen select to repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R. On the next screen select the operating system and press enter, you will be required to type in an administrator password to enter the setup to repair the computer.

Boot Errors

Boot errors, usually the error messages are specific; try the recovery console to troubleshoot these problems. Typical error messages are.

Invalid partition table
Error loading operating system
Missing operating system
Operating system not found

You'll need the installation media and the administrator's password Make sure the boot option in the BIOS is set to the CD/DVD drive, insert the installation CD and after Windows installs the basic setup files; you will be prompted to install the operating system or to repair the operating system using the recovery console by pressing r.

After pressing r the next screen will give you a list of all the Windows installations to be found on the drive (if there's more than one operating system you will need to select the number of the operating system you're having trouble booting) after making your selection and typing in the number press enter, you'll next be prompted for the administrator's password type that in and press enter.

At the command line write fixboot and the drive of the boot sector such as C:\WINDOWS>fixboot c:

Then try re-booting the computer to see if the problem is solved.

If any of the boot files have been deleted from the drive by mistake. Typical error messages are.

A disk read error occurred
NTLDR is missing
NTLDR is compressed

You'll need the installation media and the administrator's password. Use the recovery console to access the CD drive with the installation media, you will need to change the directory to that of the CD drive by using C:\ >d: then type D:\>dir then change the directory by using the command D:\>cd i386\ntldr and copy the file using the command D:\i386>copy ntldr c:\ press enter this should copy the ntldr file to the C drive.

Useful web sites
Microsofts Home Page
Automated System Recovery
Windows Recovery Environment

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