Hello, I recently bought a PC which came with XP pro pre loaded but no disk, is it possible to make one by copying files onto a CD. I don`t mean just a startup disk but the complete O/S. In the past I have always had an O/S disk for my machines so that when they broke I could at least re-install the O/S if needed.
I'm in the same boat myself Technotiger with a friends laptop and was considering doing what you suggested. My only experience of not getting an OS disk was with a Dell last year and a HP I think it was earlier this year and both came with instructions for burning a copy of the OS. This one doesn't, I've sent them an email asking for suggestions as I hate not having a backup.
Just had a thought. Seagate Disk Wizard which is free works with Seagate Drives and Maxtor (I believe) and if your computer has a Seagate or Maxtor you might be able to use that. I can't as the laptop doesn't have those makes of drives.
Depending on who the brand of the computer there should be software installed to create a set of discs that will restore the computer back to manufactures build. When i bought my computer the software use to bug me to make them but i also had discs, hunt around ya "Programs" directory on the Start menu and see what ya can find,
Graham I have to disagree if I pick up what you mean correctly. It is possible. In fact the 2 PCs I looked at recently both had icons on the desktop for doing this IE making up restore disks which are full backups of the system. Acronis Drive Image will also do this. What I am hoping is that there is a way of doing this without Acronis or the manufacturers provided software as the laptop I'm looking at is Vista and my Acronis Drive Image is 7 I think and doesn't work with Vista. I don't know if Ray5776 is in the same boat as me or not.
I have come across some machines that do not come with a OS disk. Instead the OS recovery files etc.. Are located on a hidden partion on the HDD which is accessed by pressing a key (F10 or similar) during start-up.