Accidentally Deleted Some Windows Files

October 18, 2010 at 11:20:16
Specs: XP Pro
I deleted files that shouldn't of been deleted now computer won't come up to windows it starts XP then goes blank and restarts again?

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October 19, 2010 at 08:47:26
The quickest fix is to put your xp install cd second repair option and it will replace any missing files needed to boot up.

Or you could use a live cd (google live cd ) and open up the recycle bin and restore the deleted files.

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October 19, 2010 at 13:38:10
Might also be able to use sfc.exe /scannow.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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October 19, 2010 at 13:55:57
As the computer won't boot sfc /scannow will not be accessible. If you can get to Safe Mode (tap F8 when booting and select from list) then you could try it from there. It all depends what files you deleted - I wonder why folk delete files...

Repair option makes sense but I'm not so sure that the recycle bin restore from a live CD will work, although I've never tried it. I would have thought that the Linux CD bin would not know about Windows. Recycle bins are complex structures, not just files in a folder.

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October 19, 2010 at 17:23:48
How do I get the computer to run the cd?No matter what cd I put in it doesn't read it or if it does it doesn't do nothen?

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October 19, 2010 at 17:29:17
Hi Derek.It was my son's computer.He is a teenager so he thinks he knows everything lol.I am trying to get it working so I can use it as he went and got another new one...His lost my gain I hope if I can get the files back in that he took out...Thanks...

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October 19, 2010 at 18:48:52
I've gotta go to bed after this (2.40 am UK).

I'm assuming you are trying to bootup with a Linux Live CD in the drive (before power-on).

You have to get into BIOS first and set it so that the CD boots ahead of the HDD (C drive). Typically to get into BIOS you tap either F2 or Del key when booting. When you boot up you will usually see, quite briefly, some writing that usually refers to "setup" (which is BIOS) and which key you use to get there. This is well before Windows tries to start. This also applies if you are using an XP CD to re-install.

For Linux you need to burn "an image" onto the CD which hopefully is a feature of the burner software. It's not just a case of copying the download of the Linux Live CD onto it.

If you've any idea which files you deleted it will help - I've not a lot of faith in the Recycle Bin idea suggested earlier.

I'm off now and will pick you up again tomorrow. With luck some kind soul will take over in the meantime. Good luck - sorry if my explanations are a bit hasty and untidy - brain sleepy LOL.

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