astromech_kuhns Posted October 4, 2010 Share Posted October 4, 2010 (edited) ok, lets all start off with me saying, i hate windows.... i have really kinda grown to hate it since i have started using linux... its just sorta a pain and a hassle. although, i have to use it with the career im going to be using :D so i come to you all with a question about system recovery. i have never had good luck with this tool. it has always been a pain to use. i backed my dads computer up a day or two and it failed each time i tried to do so. but one of his drivers for his printers, after said system restore kept saying it wasnt installed anymore. then my uncle did it on his computer and it crashed it, he had to use a system recovery disc he bought. (actually, i had to use it.....) so anyway, with bad luck and all, i dont really know how the program works... so here is my scenario, my mom and dad worked together, my mom did secretary stuff for my dad's business. now, my mom doesnt need to do work for him. so her computer has files and stuff from the work she did. and her wireless internet was locked so that it would stay connected to one network only so it would interface with printers and stuff, i dont know.. they had compute guys come in and set stuff up for them, and they kinda made the whole thing a mess. so what i want to do is set the computer completely back to its original factory settings. as if they just bought it. the few files she wanted i backed up onto a flash drive. but, the problem is, is she has outlook and some other programs on here that she wants. including word and what not. and her computer has had virus's and trojans in the past, so rather than dealing with that, i would rather it be wiped. so what im kinda hoping is that a system restore to original settings will delete all files not originally on the computer but keep the programs. so it would be like buying the computer brand new with programs. but i want all the outlook files kept as well as the programs. so do i go the long way and uninstall all programs i dont want as well as manually delete files, or what exactly would a system restore do? (assuming it would work.....) EDIT: also, i want all the networking settings returned to normal again as well.... and all program settings to default... SUPER EDIT: its running XP home edition. and is a compaq laptop. Thanks Kolton K Edited October 4, 2010 by astromech_kuhns Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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