View Full Version : Resetting Windows XP to original settings

20-12-2008, 01:22 PM
Is it possible to restore Windows XP to the way it was when it first loaded?

20-12-2008, 01:23 PM
You can re-install it. Just incert your xp disk, then reboot your pc (and make sure it boots to disk).

20-12-2008, 01:26 PM
Or see if your comp has a restore partition, it might even have recovery CD's that would do the same thing.

20-12-2008, 05:28 PM
Isn't it best to use the Windows XP Repair option ?

This leaves all the users data intact.

20-12-2008, 06:54 PM
Well maybe but this leaves all the programs on as well and the OP asked to reset windows to it's original state so I assumed he meant get rid of all the crap and installed programs

20-12-2008, 08:26 PM
And as usual the poster has not made himself/herself clear.

The restore CD's normally put the computer back to the way it was shipped along with all applications etc.

Any partitions created after shipping will be deleted and goodbye to all data created or downloaded.

Not enough information for me to attempt a definitive answer.

Feel free to jump in though.

As people like myself, pctek, and wainui among others would tell people they need to put data on other media and back it up or copy before you use partitioning tools.

I tell people that I will not be responsible for loss of documents etc.

Some people do not care and others do.

20-12-2008, 08:29 PM
Is it possible to restore Windows XP to the way it was when it first loaded?


All you need to do is boot from a Windows XP CD and answer all the questions.