"Old-Style Restore"
and alternate restore options



To load one particular directory or file on the Aptiva Mxx series you will need the recovery disks or be in an OS/2 window. Recovery disks can be created by using the MPEG disk. It is a black disk in the MPEG bonus pack. Boot with the disk and it will give you a option to create the disks. It will take three disks. If you boot with the recovery disks select option 6 (after inserting disk two) "Go to a OS/2 window". You can also boot to OS/2 and get to a open window by using the launch pad. Once there, get to the CD drive (usually D: or E:) and type the following:

cd_recovery [Enter] The _ means space

To unzip a directory use the follow command:

UNZIP_SYSTEM_"directory"/*.*_-d_C:\ [Enter] The _ means space

Replace "directory" (including quotes) with the directory you wish to restore.
If you wish to restore a specific file, then also replace the *.* with the full name of the file.


The following is the correct procedure for unzipping directories on the Aptiva with the Window 95 preload:

Get into the \RECOVERY\US directory of your Aptiva Image CD. From the command prompt, type:
PKUNZIP -d -o -Smagic *.ZIP C.\ \

The "-Smagic" parameter is the encrypted password used to unzip. It MUST be included to work. If the encryption password is not included, you will receive the following error!
@WARNING! Skipping encrypted file: PATH\FILENAME

The following is an example:
To unzip Phoenix. (at the D:\RECOVERY\US> directory where D: is the CD drive)
PKUNZIP -d -o -Smagic *.ZIP C:\ Phoenix\*.*

*** Note the space must be included after the C:\ If you boot with the recovery disk and it asks you to restore the system say “NO”. If you say yes it will format the drive. Saying no will take you to the prompt and you can do the above procedure.

Restoring Non-MS Preloaded on Aptiva Cxx/Sxx system

[using the Diagnostics and Utilities CD]

The Diagnostic and Utility CD contains a mirror image of the files pre-loaded on the Aptiva Cxx systems. This image does not include Microsoft applications, due to contractual issues. To restore a Microsoft application, you must restore the entire preload, using the Product Recovery CD.

To restore non-Microsoft applications, use the following procedure:

  1. Click Start, Point to Programs and Click the MS-DOS Prompt
  2. Insert the Diagnostic and Utility CD
  3. Type CD\ and tap [ENTER]
  4. Type XCOPY G:\IBMBUILD\[dir]\*.* C:\ /S
    where [dir] represents the application you wish to restore as per the chart HERE

      For example, to restore SmartSound, you would use the following command:


Windows 95 Basic Restore

The Restore file works well for normal restores, but it can also be used to retrieve the basic Windows 95 install set hidden on your Restore CD. If you wish to restore ONLY Windows95 then follow these steps:

  1. Create a diskette with APTRSTOR.EXE on it.
  2. Boot from your Recovery Diskette or some other diskette that contains the FORMAT program and CD drivers.
  3. Format C: (This will ERASE your drive so be sure this is what you want to do.)
  4. If you are using your Recovery Diskette, make sure you do not chose the Recovery option.
  5. Place your APTRSTOR.EXE diskette into the drive.
  6. Use APTRSTOR to restore the c:\windows\options\*.* directory
  7. Run the Windows95 Setup from the newly created c:\windows\options\cabs\setup.exe

Thanks to Russ Norris for the bulk of this info.