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Is the Dell Windows Xp Reinstallation disc also for recovery?

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December 21, 2009 10:04:28 AM


My computer has been victim to a malware attack (exactly as described here: ) and while I have the Windows XP reinstallation disc which was supplied with my laptop, I'm unsure whether this is the same as the recovery disc talked about in the thread. I don't want to reinstall the OS as obviously I can't back up any of my files - does anyone know if the reinstallation CD also contains a recovery option?


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December 21, 2009 10:42:58 AM

If the CD says Dell Windows XP (Home or Pro) CD, it will get you to the Recovery Console.
February 21, 2010 5:22:51 PM

I have had the same problem with a few differences.
My computer is a Dell Vostro 400 desktop.

It became infected and I managed to remove the problem using Malware Bytes.
The system ran okay for a few days but seemed a bit laggy until finally right in the middle of viewing a webpage, the system shut down and would not reboot.

I have run the diagnostic and received the error message "Windows could not start because the followig file is missing or corrupt:

I am not really computer literate so I hesitate to use the reinstallation CD if it means loosing everything on my C drive.

Can you just confirm it is safe to use this disc or do I need to get a copy of the orignal XP disc which I do not have?
The reinstallation disc reads - Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

Thanks for any help.
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February 22, 2010 11:07:40 AM

Thanks Grumpt,
I'll give it a try when I get home from work this evening.