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Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair...

Q: Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair...

Okay it s kind of a long story so bear with me here A couple years ago I had a problem that required the reinstallation of settings XP repair... Restoring after a old user Windows Windows I originally had Home edition but during the repair the friend of mine doing Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair... the work reinstalled it using a Professional edition When this started I used the same user name as I Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair... had before John K For the longest time I had the option to run either Home or Professional but never bothered with the former I had to re-do a bunch of personal information but at the time I was just thankful to be able to boot up again Most of the files for that were under quot WINXP quot whereas the old ones were in the folder quot WINDOWS quot and ignored Just today I had to run a repair reinstall again this time using a Home edition installation again because that s all I had available While the repair was successful when it came up it defaulted to the user settings I had the last time I used Home and I think it s defaulted to the quot WINDOWS quot folder again At the moment in C Documents and Settings there s two relevant user files quot John K quot and quot John K STUFF- FDD quot The latter is all the settings and such from my time using Professional Edition When I go to quot Change Users quot there s just the one named quot John K quot I would very much like to restore all the settings as they were prior to the most recent reinstallation but I have no idea if there is any method whatsoever of doing so All my files and such seem to be intact but all my settings and shortcuts and bookmarks and so on seem have been essentially wiped clean And it would be very nice to not have to redo all of this manually My first instinct is to try transfer all the files from one user data file to the other but I have no idea what that would do and I m really paranoid about accidentally messing things up as it s been awhile since my last backup I ll be rectifying that as soon as I get all this sorted out believe me Could my solution be as simple as that I think that s everything relevant but it s highly possible that I ve left some important detail out without being aware of its importance I would very much appreciate any and all help with this matter Thanks for your time nbsp

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Preferred Solution: Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair...

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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A: Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair...

Do you have an external drive and imaging software (ie Acronis)?
If so, I would recommend creating an image of the drive (Windows) in it's current state.
Then, you can troubleshoot to restoring your settings (as possible), and in a worse case scenario you
have a backup to restore in case you "mess something up."

I think that you are pretty much "stuck" with the current XP Home
settings since you did a repair install. You will most likely need to manually transfer the files that you need and manually restore the settings. Since you did the repair with Home, you will have certain limitations that you may not have had with Professional.
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Okay it's kind of a long story so bear with me here A couple years ago I had a problem that required the reinstallation of Windows I originally had Home edition but during the repair the friend of mine doing the work reinstalled it using a Professional edition When this started I used the settings Windows old Restoring user XP repair... a after same user name as I had before John K For the longest time I had the option to run either Home or Professional but never bothered with the former I had to re-do a bunch of personal information but at the time I was just thankful to be able to boot up again Most of the files for that were under quot WINXP quot whereas the old ones were in the folder quot WINDOWS quot and ignored Just today I had to run a repair reinstall again this time using a Home edition installation again because that's all I had available While the repair was successful when it came up it defaulted to the user settings I had the last time I used Home and Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair... I think it's defaulted to the quot WINDOWS quot folder again At the moment in C Documents and Settings there's two relevant user files quot John K quot and quot John K STUFF- FDD quot The latter is all the settings and such from my time using Professional Edition When I go to quot Change Users quot there's just the one named quot John K quot I would very much like to restore all the settings as they were prior to the most recent Restoring old user settings after a Windows XP repair... reinstallation but I have no idea if there is any method whatsoever of doing so All my files and such seem to be intact but all my settings and shortcuts and bookmarks and so on seem have been essentially wiped clean And it would be very nice to not have to redo all of this manually My first instinct is to try transfer all the files from one user data file to the other but I have no idea what that would do and I'm really paranoid about accidentally messing things up as it's been awhile since my last backup I'll be rectifying that as soon as I get all this sorted out believe me Could my solution be as simple as that I think that's everything relevant but it's highly possible that I've left some important detail out without being aware of its importance I would very much appreciate any and all help with this matter Thanks for your time
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A:Windows XP repair didn't preserve my original user/settings...HELP!

The registry hives in the Repair folder are placed there during the initial XP install. If you used those hives then no program installed after the XP install would work. 
Do you still have the initial registry hives in config you backed up? Put those back in config. If not then you would need to reinstall all programs.
Look in the hidden folder System Volume Information.Is there a folder named restore with a long suffix. Double click it. Do you see any folders with a RPXX name where XX is a number?
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A:Protocol for restoring user settings

I'm not too sure about user accounts, but Windows has a utility "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" (Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools). You should be able to migrate your current setup across to the new machine.
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A:tried to do a vista repair install - lost user settings, installed programs etc.

Hi there Tazz! Boy! thats a challenging fix that u r in!

Firstly, let me tell you that your decission to install programs on other drive *may* have saved you some of the trouble... Just try running their exes... Some programs just recreate their registry keys, but you will need to re-enter any serial nos. that the software requires.

Some s/w on the other hand *require other components* to be installed in order to run; like for example MS Visual C++ Redistributible. In this case, you can just download other components so that your programs can work.

Sorry, but unfortunately I will not be able to help you with anything else. Will post back If I dig up something else
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A:windows xp and restoring factory settings

Is there a restore partition on this laptop?
What's the model number?
You may be able to use an XP disk of the same type(Home or Pro) to reinstall, using the Key that should be affixed to the computer.
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A:stuck at restart, repair loop even after restoring Windows...

Hi, How about updating the BIOS of the computer?Make sure to run ONE antivirus program only.Go to start menu and start diagosing the drive (for failure id) Kindly update us with the current status of the computer.Cheers!

"Education costs money; so does Ignorance"If my post has helped you, click the Kudos Thumbs up!If it solved your issue, Click the "Accept as Solution" button so others can benefit from the question you asked!
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How to Reset Start Menu Settings to Default in Windows 7

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A:[SOLVED] Restoring Windows XP to Factory Settings Without a Recovery CD

If you're trying to restore your laptop back to the factory install or 'how it was when you got it' then follow these simple steps. (WARNING: The following process will COMPLETELY erase ALL the data on your laptop, please make sure you have backed up everything you don't want to lose before proceeding!)

Step 1. Switch your laptop on.

2. After a few seconds the screen will clear and the text with RMR will appear at the top left of the screen for a few seconds.

3. Hold down both the shift keys while RMR is displayed.

4. In the enter password box, type the password rmrcfp and press enter.

5. A blue screen with a menu will appear. Press R on your keyboard to: RESTORE FROM BACKUP(using extended memory) .

6. When asked if you want to verify the backup, press Y on the keyboard. This will verify that the back up is intact.

7.When asked if you want to restore your computer to the factory default press Y to do so.

8. Once the restore is complete, you will get a prompt: "you must reset your computer now!"

9. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del simultaneously.

10. The computer will restart, once restarted do not touch the computer or mouse as the windows is being configured and may restart itself several times.

11. Once the shutdown button appears wait until the disk activity light slows from rapid activity to occasional flashes.

12. Now click Shutdown.

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A:Help restoring default security settings for Windows XP Home.

You could try running SDFix. As a malware scanner I think it is quite out-of-date, however it will reset a lot of the registry items back to their default value as part of the scan.
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A:Restoring files and settings from 'Windows.old' - potential hard disk failure?

Too much confusing information for me to follow, so let me just say this. If there was malware on your system and you did not format before reinstalling the OS, you did not get rid of the malware. You might want to post in the malware forum(s) on this site.
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A:Restoring Dell Vostro running Windows 7 Enterprise to factory settings

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A:windows can not repair failed to detect tcp/ip settings

what is the laptop brand and model number.
You probably need to connect to the mfg drivers page from your computer and download the drivers, burn to cd or save on a flash usb key and install on the laptop.

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What did you use to reinstall xp?
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A:Settings Windows 7 for a new user

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There's no error with the .reg file, there's an error with your registry. What have you recently done with your computer that could have caused this problem?
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Start/Search type sysdm.cpl pressenter go to Advanced/User Profiles/Settings is your profile listed? You can create a new profile and here choose Copy To and copy your old profile to he new one.
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Closing duplicate, please respond only to:
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A:Windows cannot find C:\Documents and Settings\user\giv.exe

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

Download the tools needed to a flash drive or other removable media, and transfer them to the infected computer, if you don't have access to internet.

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Hi What A CAD and welcome to TSF !

You'll need your encryption certificate and/or private key. If you didn't export them then I'm afraid you'll have to restore your backup and export them. You might as well remove the encryption directly on the backup once you've restored it.

How to remove file or folder encryption in Windows XP
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A:Restoring factory settings.

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A:Help with restoring to Factory Settings

Hello Shiftclick, welcome to Seven Forums!

See if this info will work for you and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


ASUS Recovery Partition

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1. Press [F9] during bootup (requires a Recovery Partition)
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Recover Windows to first partition only.
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Recover Windows to entire HD.
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A:Can't log in after restoring PC to factory settings.

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There are so many Inspirons. If you want help, you need to supply the exact model of Inspiron.
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A:Restoring To Factory Settings

Quote: Originally Posted by nadnerb

I want to restore my laptop to factory settings, but I don't have a Windows 7 installation CD. I was just wondering if, when I restore to factory settings (since I don't have another point to restore to), will my laptop be wiped completely? Since I don't have any installation CDs or anything, I don't want to restore it to factory settings if it'll wipe it completely.

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When you restore your computer to factory settings, your computer will be like it was when you powered it up the first time. You will lose all of your personal data along with your Windows settings and programs.
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Welcome to EightForums.

Always Backup your DATA files.


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

You can use the ACER version of
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
Acer | Recovery Media
Check in Accessories
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You might try a repair of IE:
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A:Restoring to factory settings??

Hiyya ed123 mate what machine have you got? usually it is just holding down or tapping an F(numeral) numeral or function key (Esc Del etc)on power up.

Look up your machines site - for example I know that to default my Toshiba laptops I just have to hold down 0 (zero) on power up and follow the prompts.
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I recently upgraded my vista home premium to a windows 7 ultimate but I don't like it. If i do a restore from factory settings, will I get my old settings with my vista back? I have a folder in a C drive "windows.old" which has all of the old settings/files/folders/drivers.

A:Restoring to factory settings?

Perhaps we can help you work through any specific problems you have with Win7.

If not: How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder
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Hey all,

I have just bought a Macbook, and selling my 4 year old trusty Packard Bell laptop to a friend. It works perfectly ok, albeit abit slow but good for basic e-mails, chat and things like that.

So.. my question is, how do I restore factory settings? I want ALL of my data off, and for the laptop to be as 'empty' as it was when I bought it.

When I bought it it had Microsoft Word already installed - will that stay installed after I've restored the settings?

And here's the annoying part.. I don't have the CD that came with it when I bought it. No idea where it is but must have disappeared while moving houses.

By the way, sorry if this is in the wrong section, wasn't sure about where to post it.

Any other tips?


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A:restoring to factory settings

Hi and welcome

Many Toshiba laptops come with the factory software recovery image stored in a special (hidden) area on the hard drive.

What model is yours?
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A:restoring to factory settings

Hi and Welcome,
With my Dell there was one recovery disc with the o/s on, one with drivers & a third with utilities - do you have the same?

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Thank you.

A:Restoring PC to factory...any way to keep some settings?

What Network Connection settings? The ones you see when in Network Connections you right click the connection and select Properties? You can always write them down or take some screen shots and then set them after the Recovery.
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A:Help after restoring factory settings

Hi and welcome to TSF the driver your looking for is the wifi please check in device manager and see what others are flagged with either a yellow ! or red Xs you can get all the drivers from the dell support site by using the service tag number Welcome to Dell Technical Support
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A:restoring pc to factory settings

If the computer did not come with recovery discs or you did not make your own then check the owner's manual or user guide for information on system recovery from a hidden partition on the computer's hard drive. Accessing the recovery program may require holding or tapping one or more keys during powerup.

NOTICE: Recovery will remove any files you have created or downloaded since purchasing the computer.
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A:restoring to factory settings

Hi and welcome to TSF this will get you back to factory settings
Restoring the Computer to the Default Factory Configuration
The Dell Factory Image Restore option allows you to restore your hard drive back to its original factory configuration as when you first ordered it from Dell. This option appears on Dell computers that were originally pre-installed with Windows Vista? and does not include computers purchased through the Express Upgrade promotion or computers that were upgraded to Windows Vista from another version of Windows.

NOTICE: When you restore the computer to the default factory configuration, all data on the C drive is deleted. Before performing this procedure, back up personal files. If you do not back up personal files, the data is lost.

Restart the computer. To do this, click Start ? ? Restart.

As the computer restarts, press <F8> until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.

NOTE: You must press the <F8> key before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

Press <Down Arrow> to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.

Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

Select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition checkbox.

Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

the info is found here via this page
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Hi, I would like to restore my laptop to the factory settings.

When i tried to do the factory reset by pressing F11 during the startup am getting the error message as "Failed to Start Windows. A recent hardware or software might affected....." like this.

I don't have repair disk as well as the OS CD. I don't have both of these. Apart from this i tried to restore it to previous points that too didn't work.

So i would like to know how can i fix this problem without having the repair disk, OS CD, Bootable CD & backups. I dont have any of these to perform factory reset.

Please help me to solve this issue ASAP.....

Thanks in advance!

A:Restoring to Factory Settings

It would be nice to now the Make & model of the Notebook.
As you are use F11, as Factory Recovery, sounds like a ACER.

Acer Empowering Technology > Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How can I restore my computer with the backup discs I created?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:'s%20guide/Acer%20eRecovery%20Management%20English.pdf

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

If you have not made your Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create
Do you have a mate with Windows 7 & CD/DVD RW Drive, how could burn one off.
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A:Recovering user profile/settings from corrupted windows....

There is no reason to copy hal.dll to a new Windows 7 installation.

Wipe the HDD with KillDisk then install Windows 7.

Upon reaching desktop, allow Windows Updates in -

Then validate your Windows 7 OS -

Regards. . .


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A:windows recovery to factory settings ask for user name and password

Try running the more stable Recovery partition following these steps: Dell Restoring Your Computer?s Software to the Factory Settings

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A:[SOLVED] Windows XP user account settings problems

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A:Problem restoring factory settings

Jdunne1980,In order to help resolve the error on your computer we will need some information. Please provide your system model, the OS installed and the steps you are using to restore the computer.
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A:Problem with restoring to factory settings

Advent 6552 Laptop

Scroll down to the recovery section.

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A:Help Restoring Laptop to factory settings

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A:Need help restoring factory settings to Dell xps 600

Try pressing ctrl and F11 together on boot up. I assume you do not have restore DVd's supplied by Dell?
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A:Restoring XP to factory settings not working

Hello Jupiter and welcome to PCHF

In the old XP days most OEM manufacturers like Dell or HP for example gave the XP reinstall disk with the machine and then they stopped providing the disk and set the machine so that you could take it back to a factory condition, this still applies today.

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A:[SOLVED] Restoring to factory settings

did you add any partitions to your computer? normally you should not have to do a thing to your partitions. since it is the original cd it should do the same as you have done in the past, just skip the options to recover or delete.
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A:Restoring my computer to factory settings

If you give Dell a call again they should be able to provide you with Dell restore disks. They may cost but not very much. In the UK they cost about ?15.00 which is about $25.00 I think.
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How do I go about doing this?

Do I, make note of the programs I need to re-install?
Then go to Computer > D: > Recovery?


A:[SOLVED] Restoring to factory settings?

I run the Belarc Advisor . . it will show you what devices you have so that you can get the drivers ( preferable ahead of time ) and what applications are installed and their instalaltion keys
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A:Restoring missing files/settings in XP

XP Does have the System File Checker but it needs to be run from a command prompt.

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A:Need help restoring laptop to factory settings

I will give you exactly what you are asking for, a computer like it was when you took it home.
No stuff, settings, SPs, pics etc. If this is what you want boot and continually hit f11 during boot
If you want to save your stuff first let me know.
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A:Drivers- Restoring Factory settings

and welcome to the Forum

The F10 restore feature should return the system to the state it was shipped so drivers should be there. You can find updated ones at the Sony Support Site

Be sure to backup any data you cherish . . it will be wiped when you restore
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A:Need Help Restoring my laptop to factory settings!!

Work through these steps using the System Recovery Options on Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk: Windows 7 fails to boot

Report back on each step as there may be other tests needed.
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A:Restoring my computer to Factory Settings

You will need the Original Operating system CD, Motherbaord CD and the CD's for any other driver disks that are required sound card, SATA ect...
after you have backed up all your important data.
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