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If you have looked at the information at the link jam provided in response 1 (it is a very good idea to PRINT that information), you will have seen how to get to the page with the second Repair choice - Repair your existing Windows installation, or similar.
If you have not looked at that information, go there and LOOK AT IT!!
If you don't see that second Repair choice , either.....
1. - you have a SATA hard drive, and the computer's bios Setup has the SATA controllers in SATA or AHCI mode. XP can't recognize most if not all SATA drive conrollers so it can't recognize SATA drives, unless you ......
- set the SATA controllers in the computer's bios Setup to IDE compatible mode or similar - then the XP CD will find SATA drives, no problem.
- OR - you Press F6 when you see a line for that at the bottom of the screen at the beginning of loading files from the XP CD, and provide a floppy disk in afloppy drive that has the drivers for the SATA controllers on it.
If you don't have a floppy drive, you must make a "slipstreamed" CD-R that has the contents of your CD that has had the SATA controller drivers integrated into it - if you go to that trouble, you might as well make it with SP3 updates integrated into it as well.
Obviously, for most people, the first option is far easier to do, and the easiest way if you have no regular floppy drive.
XP's Setup cannot find the SATA controller drivers if they're on CDs, DVDs, other hard drive partitions, flash drives, and it only recognizes a few USB floppy drive models, most of which have not been made for many years.
I can probably find info about how to set the SATA controllers in the bios Setup to IDE compatibilty mode or simlar if you have a generic system and if you tell me what make and model your mboard is, but if you have a brand name system, if you tell me what make and model your system is, I may or may not be able to find that information, and you will probably need to find that information youself.
2. - some data essential to allowing the second Repair choice to appear is damaged or missing - I've seen that in my own experience only once, for a system where somone had installed XP Pro on the second partition of a brand name system hard drive without deleting anything on the first partition, which had XP Home on it - in that case the second Repair choice not appearing cannot be fixed.( I had to use the models Recovery disk set to re-install the original software the computer came with.),
3. - you are using an old XP CD that has no SP updates included on it at all - the original version of XP. In that case, if you can borrow someone else's OEM XP CD that has at least SP1 updates included on it, and boot with it, you will see the second Repair choice, if data essential to allowing the second Repair choice to appear is NOT damaged or missing, which is usually the case.
Regular XP CDs that have SP2 or SP3 updates included have SP2 or SP3 printed on the CD.
Regular original version XP CDs and XP CDs that have SP1 updates included have nothing about SP printed on the CD, but the volume labels (the label you see for the CD on My Computer or Windows Explorer) for the two are different - if you search the web using the volume label, you can determine whether it has SP1updates included or not. There may also be one identification file that is different or not there on the CD on the original version CDs that is there on the ones that have SP! updates, but I have no CD with only SP1 updates so I can't confirm that.
If you do have an XP CD with no SP updates at all, if you can't borrow one that does have SP updates, you can make a "slipstreamed" CD-R CD that has the files on your CD that have had the SP3 updates integrated into it, and if you have a SATA drive, you can also integrate the drivers for the SATA controllers a particular mboard has onto that, but of course you would need to be able to make the "slipstreamed" CD on another computer.
If the hard drive that has Windows on it is IDE, or if it's SATA and the mboard's bios Setup settings have the SATA controler set to IDE cpmpatible mode or similar, OR if you have loaded SATA controller drivers, then Windows Setup recognizes your hard drive, and....
You always have a least one Repair choice when you boot from the XP CD - after the initial files have been loaded from the CD, the first screen that appears asks you if you want to Repair Windows - if you press R, that takes you to the black screen interface called the Recovery Console - but that's not the better choice when you are having a problem like you're having, using it requires some explaining if you haven't used that choice before, and you must type one or more commands.
If you truly do not have the second Repair, the first one is a poor substitute in many cases and often will NOT cure the problem you are having.
"why do i need to find my product key "
You MUST have a Product Key to run the Repair installation procedure, which will not detete the existing personal data you have added to Windows, and even if you give up and install Windows from scratch, which WILL delete the existing personal data you have added to Windows, you STILL must have a Product Key.
See Response 2 starting at:
"NOTE that when you run that procedure jam pointed you to, you MUST supply the Product Key "
Oops - I missed noticing this in your first post:
"i tried puting my hard disk to many pcs and again was the same message ..."
"how i will find my product key if my hard drive cant open windows"
Assuming one of them was the computer you had it on originally when you installed Windows on that hard drive (if Windows is not damaged it should boot fine on that computer), that presents a problem. You can't get the Product Key from Windows itself any way I know of if you can't get Windows to work on any computer, because the program that finds the key requires that you must be able to boot the Windows installation you want to find the key for, and Windows must be working at least well enough for the program to work.
In that case you must use a Product Key found on the official Microsoft label.
- if your computer is a brand name system.....
- the official Microsoft sticker was installed on the outside of the computer case somewhere, for the version - Home or Pro, the computer orginally came with, if it came with XP.
You can use that Prouct Key with any OEM Windows XP CD that is the same version - Home or Pro. I don't think it matters which SP updates it has on the OEM XP CD you use.
But in MUST be an OEM CD - a Retail full version or retail Upgrade version will NOT work with the Product Key on the brand name case.
Regular OEM XP CD =
- usually a gold color, holograms on it, it has "For distribution with a new PC only. " printed on it
- if you bought the regular OEM XP CD yourself, or if you have borrowed one someone else bought themself, the official Mircosoft label comes with the CD. Microsoft requires you to install the sticker on the computer case, but sometimes people don't bother (including myself) and have it loosesomewhere.
If someone installed Windows from a regular OEM XP CD on your system for you, they were supposed to install the Microsoft sticker on the case.
If you or someone installed Windows with a retail full version XP CD on a drive, the Product Key that came with the CD will work with any Windows installtion that was installed from a
retail full version XP CD that is the same version - Home or Pro.
If a brand name computer, or a computer custom built for you by a system builder, has any version of XP MCE, that's a different matter. All versions of OEM XP MCE (there is no retail version) come on two CDs. In almost all cases those regular CDs are not provided - you must buy the OEM MCE 2 CD set - unless, for a brand name system, the Recovery CD set or DVD has that on it.
"i don't want to lose anything form inside , is there anything i can do to backup everything from inside.."
If you can't get the second Repair choice to appear after trying all of the above, if the drive works fine physically otherwise, if you install this drive on a computer that has a working Windows installtion on another drive, as slave drive, or so you're not booting your drive on that computer in the boot order settings in the bios, then you can copy anything to like to elsewhere - CDs or DVDs or another hard drive partition.
You do NOT need to copy....
- everything on the first partition on your drive
- if you have an XP CD you can install Windows with, you don't need to copy anything that's on the Windows CD or that is installed when you run Setup from the CD
- anything that you have the installation CDs for
- anything you can easily download again from the web, or download and install
You should copy.....
Much of your personal stuff is in \Documents and Settings\(your user name)\(your sub folders)
That includes your Outlook Express or Outlook personal email and related if you use that, your My Documents, My Pictures, your Desktop icons, your Internet Explorer Favorites, etc. etc.
You should copy folders in that.
If you were using a password for your user name, when you try to access anything in \Documents and Settings\(your user name)\(your sub folders) on another computer, you will get an "Access Denied" or similar message. The same applies if you need to copy stuff for other users that were using passwords that were using that hard drive.
In that case, see this:
How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP
NOTE: you probably have to reboot the computer before the settings you change actually take effect!
You may have other folders elsewhere that have documents, music,. movies, etc. you should copy.