How to make bootable xp?

vbimport

#1

Hi, this is my problem: I bought a comp with xp already in it and it didn’t come with an xp cd. Does anyone know how to get a copy of xp(bootable) which already been installed? I would like to have in case something happened and I need to reformat my computer.

Thanks for the help i can get, cheers!!!


#2

If you bought it pre installed from a computer shop more than likely there will be a restore disc or floppy that will let you reload win xp should you have a problem…
There could be a hidden partition on your hdd with the files needed to backup…
Failing all that you could try contacting the manufactorer and see if they can help…


#3

If the above is not the case, you best make a backup as it is now, with Norton Ghost for example.


#4

Can I only make a backup of my ‘Windows’ and ‘Program Files’ file folders enough to be bootable or do I have to do a back up on the entire hard drive?

Thanks again :slight_smile:


#5

No because both windows and most of programs NEED to be installed, not simply copied on hard disk.

I agree with Da_Taxman: you need of a specific software to make an image of your system right now, before that something mess up (such multiple installations and deinstallations, viruses, etc).


#6

What type of software? I don’t have Norton Ghost. I only have Alcohol 120 and Nero


#7

Neither of them will do it. It is specialised software that copies everything from your drive including the master boot record. This is all needed to have a complete backup.


#8

You could try SyncBack as it is the only free software I can think of for backing up hard disks. SyncBackup


#9

I made a little search. There are some free programs, but what I’ve found is not so easy to use because all programs that I’ve found are command line (sorry, I wasn’t able to find any better).

My suggestion is to purchase Norton Ghost or another software. I like Acronis True Image, because is very simple to use.

Try to watch acronis site to give a look


#10

Thank you guys for all the help, I will try all of your advice.

:slight_smile: