unfortunately linux411 has disappeared.
Thanks for your replies guys.
This program is used to create DOS/MS-compatible boot records. It is able to do the same as Microsoft "fdisk /mbr" to a hard disk. It is also able to do the same as DOS "sys" to a floppy or FAT32 partition except that it does not copy any system files, only the boot record is written.
1.)Notice the absence of NTFS. I'd be interested in knowing if it does work on an NTFS partition. 2.)Do you have the XP license key for the copy that was originally installed?
Thanks for that info djohnston, much appreciated.
1.)Yeah, abscence of NTFS.
2.)Yes, XP license key is a sticker on the Box.
As I asked linux411 above I think that (his) method may be for a OEM preinstalled System, which hide the Windows Installation files on a partition, and supply you with a 'Recovery Disk', not a XP Installation Disk.
I think what linux411 is saying is you could restore missing files from this partition, instead of using the manufacturers 'Recovery Disk', which wipes your HDD, and Reinstalls XP.linux411:
Let's say you get a call from one of your friends. They say they can't boot into their Windows computer. You ask about the "System Restore Disk". They say their computer didn't come with one but the installer is on the hard drive.
Mum doesn't have any discs it seems. I looked at Microsoft help to see if my thoughts were correct.
You can Install using another WinXP disc as long as it's the same type as the original install.
So I have a Windows XP SP2 Disc, Home edition
. I'm pretty sure hers' is Home edition too.
If it's a OEM preinstall the Windows License is an OEM license (ie. the computer was purchased from a company like Dell, HP, etc with Windows pre-installed), then the license is tied to the machine.
I reckon I'll use a PCLinuxOS Live CD to Format (Zero) the drive, and use my XP Disc to install XP; then Activate with the sticker on her box. Until I get there it's all a bit of a Mystery
"She has terrible arthritis but was able to find a mouse for such probs. No way can she 'Double Click'."
could she be candidate to use a touch screen or a tablet? might be simpler for her than use a mouse?
Yeah T6, a touch screen or a tablet would be best for sure. But would she part with the money
We got her a special flat easy to use Arthritic mouse, actually my sister did. She seems happy with that.
I'm in hiding at the moment, but Techs charge $100 / hour here, so ... what is a Educated Son for if he can't help his Mother