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  • Windows XP
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  • Windows Vista
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August 31, 2013 7:54:14 PM

My operating system (vista) crashed and all i had was a windows xp install disc that lasts for 30 days before you have to activate it. I need to back up my hard drive so when it does finish the trial, i still have my data without going into safe mode. theres 25gb of used space on the hard drive now so it isnt too much. Any help would be great

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a c 2059 G Storage
August 31, 2013 8:08:04 PM

jshoop said:
My operating system (vista) crashed and all i had was a windows xp install disc that lasts for 30 days before you have to activate it. I need to back up my hard drive so when it does finish the trial, i still have my data without going into safe mode. theres 25gb of used space on the hard drive now so it isnt too much. Any help would be great


Get a 32GB USB stick or SD card and copy your critical data to that.
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August 31, 2013 8:27:14 PM

USAFRet said:


Get a 32GB USB stick or SD card and copy your critical data to that.


is it possible to burn everything onto a couple cds or dvds and move everything back?
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a c 2059 G Storage
August 31, 2013 9:09:39 PM

jshoop said:
USAFRet said:


Get a 32GB USB stick or SD card and copy your critical data to that.


is it possible to burn everything onto a couple cds or dvds and move everything back?


Define "everything".
Your personal data? Probably.
The whole Windows and applications installation? Problematic.
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September 1, 2013 10:52:34 AM

USAFRet said:

Define "everything".
Your personal data? Probably.
The whole Windows and applications installation? Problematic.


I'm probably gonna reinstall windows using the xp disc so i dont need to keep windows. I would like to keep applications and games, stuff that would take a while to re download. What do you mean by problematic?
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a c 2059 G Storage
September 1, 2013 10:57:15 AM

jshoop said:
USAFRet said:

Define "everything".
Your personal data? Probably.
The whole Windows and applications installation? Problematic.


I'm probably gonna reinstall windows using the xp disc so i dont need to keep windows. I would like to keep applications and games, stuff that would take a while to re download. What do you mean by problematic?


Backing up the entire Windows install to a stack of DVD's.
And you can't split out the applications to 'save' them to DVD. If you still have them, the original install files, yes. The current applications in their installed state? No.

Games? Steam is easy to save, if you have enough space elsewhere.
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a c 1306 G Storage
September 1, 2013 1:21:01 PM

Its sounds like you're trying to 'get around' the 30 day trial by reinstalling every time its up...
reloading the backup made on day one won't work, it know the installation date and todays date...
reinstalling XP fresh every time is a major hassle, what with all the updates and then redownloading and installing all the programs...

As for Vista, you don't need YOUR disk. All you need is your product activation key and beg/borrow someone elses disk as long as its the exact same version of Vista. Please note that there is an OEM version of the various Vista versions as well as Upgrade and full Retail. so a Home starter OEM disk wont work with a home starter upgrade key
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September 1, 2013 4:52:28 PM

popatim said:

As for Vista, you don't need YOUR disk. All you need is your product activation key and beg/borrow someone elses disk as long as its the exact same version of Vista. Please note that there is an OEM version of the various Vista versions as well as Upgrade and full Retail. so a Home starter OEM disk wont work with a home starter upgrade key


The vista key on the back of computer says OEM in it so i dont think i can reactivate it. And thats exactly what i'm trying to do. I just need to wait until i get enough money to be able to buy a windows xp disc and key. I think i may use my flash drive and save the programs and files folder in chunks to a different computer, then transfer everything back. That should work, right? I'll be able to keep all the data and info from the programs and files once i update windows again and put in all the drivers.
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a c 2059 G Storage
September 1, 2013 4:55:11 PM

jshoop said:
popatim said:

As for Vista, you don't need YOUR disk. All you need is your product activation key and beg/borrow someone elses disk as long as its the exact same version of Vista. Please note that there is an OEM version of the various Vista versions as well as Upgrade and full Retail. so a Home starter OEM disk wont work with a home starter upgrade key


The vista key on the back of computer says OEM in it so i dont think i can reactivate it. And thats exactly what i'm trying to do. I just need to wait until i get enough money to be able to buy a windows xp disc and key. I think i may use my flash drive and save the programs and files folder in chunks to a different computer, then transfer everything back. That should work, right? I'll be able to keep all the data and info from the programs and files once i update windows again and put in all the drivers.


Why are you considering spending money on a new copy of XP? April 8, 2014...
Just move to 7 or 8.
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September 1, 2013 5:15:59 PM

USAFRet said:

Why are you considering spending money on a new copy of XP? April 8, 2014...
Just move to 7 or 8.


I meant 7. I dont think my computer will run the 64-bit very well though. It barely meets the minimum requirements. 32 bit will be fine for my needs.
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a c 1306 G Storage
September 2, 2013 1:27:51 PM

OEM vista can be reinstalled to the same computer it came on many times.
You also have the option of buying the factory restore disks for cheap from the manufacturer, like $10-20, and sometimes you can find them for downloading. Just make sure you virus scan the living daylights out of it before you use it.
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