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    Default PC Company recovery partition

    I've got a crappy PC Company computer, with a recovery partition, that I want to use to restore the PC after a failed XP - SP2 update.

    Any ideas how to get it to restore. I can see the partition with Knoppix, so I know it has a recovery partition and run thru a few F10, F12 combos at bootup with no luck.

    Thanks people.
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    Default Re: PC Company recovery partition

    first I ever heard of that .......all pc co comps I've seen just were supplied with a 'recovery cd' which was in fact simply an xp cd rebadged.......

    I belive it's possible to use 'system restore' from the recovery console but i'm too lazy to find the info for you lol.......something about getting to c:........then exectuing restrui.exe ?......
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    Does it say what key to press on the post screen?

    Maybe down the bottom right.

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    Fingers crosses, I've just got it going again, and manged to get into Add/Remove programs, and it's removing SP2 as we speak.

    If it doesn't crash might work, but it's still a mystery on the repair partition.

    May not be PC Company, theres a program in there called PC Depot help.

    Maybe it's them.

    And Speedy, no guide at startup what to push
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    Default Re: PC Company recovery partition

    Quote Originally Posted by drcspy View Post
    first I ever heard of that .......all pc co comps I've seen just were supplied with a 'recovery cd' which was in fact simply an xp cd rebadged.......
    Ditto - never seen a recovery partition yet on a PC company Computer - not to say they didn't later on before they closed - just never seen one. But they did have a rebranded XP CD, and usually another 1 or 2 CD's containing drivers / Software.

    When you say
    I can see the partition with Knoppix
    Knoppix should see a data /image file there , Does it show as having one ?

    Drcspy - is this the command you were talking about in safe mode with command prompt : Run System Restore in Command Prompt

    1. Boot into Safe mode with Command Prompt – Keep Pressing F8 at start-up then with the arrow keys select Safe mode with Command prompt.
    2. At the command prompt, type C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
    Press Enter.
    Follow the instructions given to perform the System Restore process.

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    Knoppix shows it as a drive, so thats why I suspect that it is a partition, and there are files in there such as Autoexec.bat and restore, thats what makes me think it's a recovery partition.

    (And check this out ... I went to Google PC Depot after I made the previous post, and Google had already picked this post up, after three minutes. That's some spidering.)
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    1. Boot into Safe mode with Command Prompt Keep Pressing F8 at start-up then with the arrow keys select Safe mode with Command prompt.
    2. At the command prompt, type C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
    Press Enter.
    Follow the instructions given to perform the System Restore process.
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    yeh..........but i was under the impression you could run it from recovery console

    and poster #1 sorry but I thought you couldn't even get to windows ......otherwise i'd have suggested 'add remove progs' also....
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    Have you tried F11. Most of the pcs at my work have a separate partition for recovery and restore. All I do is just hit F11 as the pc starts and it goes into the IBM restore and recovery screen and I just follow the options from there. Also try hitting "Enter" as the pc boots.
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