by John.Wilkinson - 7/2/06 10:18 AM
In Reply to: re HD by pcguy_jim
Since you have an OEM Recovery System, the answer varies. With a retail version of XP, it's the same for everyone since you just have a copy of a mass-produced CD from Microsoft. However, computer manufacturers customize their copies how they see fit, and can vary it from model to model. Thus we'd need a make and model for specifics.
Now, a destructive recovery is the OEM Recovery System equivalent to reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling the OS...it wipes all of the data so you can start fresh. A non-destructive recovery is the OEM Recovery System equivalent of a repair installation, in which the key system files are replaced while the existing programs and files are left in tact. Note, though, that this varies...some non-destructive recoveries do wipe some non-system files, so it's wise to keep an up-to-date backup just in case.
Hope this helps,
P.S. Note that OEM recovery Systems are linked to the manufacturer's hardware, so they won't work on other computers, whereas a retail version of XP will, with certain stipulations.
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