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#1 bicycle bill

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 06:27 PM

If your system has failed to the point where you cannot access the Windows GUI either through booting normally or through safe mode, you may still have the chance to use the System Restore feature if you have it enabled, by running it from the command prompt. To do this: Restart your computer and press F8 after the POST screen to bring up the Windows XP boot menu. Choose 'boot in safe mode with command prompt.' If your system gets to the command prompt successfully, type '%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe' and then press enter. Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer to a previous saved point.

Edited by bicycle bill, 29 October 2008 - 07:22 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2008 - 02:07 PM

nice, thanks...

#3 matteo88

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:14 PM

If your system has failed to the point where you cannot access the Windows GUI either through booting normally or through safe mode, you may still have the chance to use the System Restore feature if you have it enabled, by running it from the command prompt. To do this:

Restart your computer and press F8 after the POST screen to bring up the Windows XP boot menu. Choose 'boot in safe mode with command prompt.'

If your system gets to the command prompt successfully, type '%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe' and then press enter. Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer to a previous saved point.


Or you can buy a Lenovo PC with Rescue and Recovery, which is preloaded free of charge. You can recover from a catastrophic error and it will boot before windows. You can recover the complete system or just the operating system. In less than 20 mins you're back up and running (or less than 5 with the quick fix) and all your files are there (R&R won't overwrite these unless you ask it to).

#4 Tx Redneck

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 09:57 PM

Or you can buy a Lenovo PC with Rescue and Recovery, which is preloaded free of charge. You can recover from a catastrophic error and it will boot before windows. You can recover the complete system or just the operating system. In less than 20 mins you're back up and running (or less than 5 with the quick fix) and all your files are there (R&R won't overwrite these unless you ask it to).

Recovery partitions are pretty common nowadays so the manufacturers don't have to provide discs w/ the new machine. It sounds good on paper but it's worthless if your HDD eats itself and you have to get a new drive and have no OS disc. ;)

BTW to the OP, that a cool deal. I'm gonna print your post and keep it should the occasion ever rear its ugly mug.

Edited by Tx Redneck, 14 November 2008 - 09:58 PM.

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#5 TomGL2

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:53 PM

Or you can buy a Lenovo PC with Rescue and Recovery ... recover the complete system or just the operating system. ... all your files are there (R&R won't overwrite these unless you ask it to).

Disregarding the cost of buying another PC just to avoid starting System Restore from the command line (it's not really such a chore), there is the status of user-installed programs to consider.

In my experience, recovery programs overwrite parts of the Registry holding program data.  The new data consists of settings for factory-installed programs only, so user-installed programs usually must be reinstalled.  Some recovery solutions replace the entire Programs Files folder, so that user-installed programs are removed from the computer.

Even with a Lenovo with R&R, I would recommend first trying System Restore.




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