How to Restore Windows XP to Factory Settings WithoutHow to Restore free Windows

Can't seem to do a recovery. Once in F8 I do all the above but still the same.
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  1. Unless you created a restore point, you cannot go back to it.
    If you have an image of your original install, then you can install image.
    You can make a new install, however, you will need your XP install CD or copy on HD.
  2. F8 is not for doing a factory restore, it's only startup options if Windows has issues.

    Based on your system, you will have either a recovery partition you can enter with a key when the system is starting (F2 or something), or a set of CD/DVD disk to restore from. This will erase all of the data on the disk though, so don't do this unless you have a backup of your files or you get a new drive and restore the OS on that (which is what I recommend).
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