Recovery of Windows XP Home

Compaq / Presario 4012
September 15, 2009 at 18:17:01
Specs: Windows XP
I had a situation where the Windows would not boot. I tried a recovery repair from my Operating system CD and when I selected R it locked up into a black screen. Coincident was a cooling fan hard failure! I replaced the fan and Windows still does not load. I returned to a Windows recovery repair and was able to get a command prompt. I was not sure what to do at that point so I did a chkdsk /F and found it had some errors. I am doing a chkdsk /R now and it is slowly checking the disk drive. After this completes, what should I expect? Should I try to reboot or is there something else I need to do at the command prompt to repair my Windows? Wasn't really sure how the repair works. Thanks.

By the way, I had a tune up done by a software service as part of fixing a problem I had getting a well known anti-virus application to work. This was just prior to the black screen and the coincidental fan failure.


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#1
September 15, 2009 at 18:55:03
Pressing R the first time it appears puts you into the recovery console. Not a lot you can do there unless you know what you are doing.

When you boot from the CD ignore the first repair option and carry on until the CD has reconsigned the existing Windows Installation. You will then get the option to do a complete install or repair the existing installation. Select R this time.

Stuart


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#2
September 15, 2009 at 19:30:40
I believe I had gotten to the place where you can choose either a complete install, or a repair or exit. When I choose the repair or R it asks for the Administrator password and I have none so I simply "enter" then it asks for which installation of Windows and only a 1: C:/windows appears. I enter the number 1 and it then goes to a command prompt C:/Windows and I can only use DOS commands at that prompt. Are you saying I need to bypass the first place I entered the R?
Jim

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#3
September 16, 2009 at 04:01:38
That is the wrong place, You are in the recovery console. Ignore that repair option and carry on as if you were installing Windows from scratch.

Stuart


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#4
September 16, 2009 at 04:32:19
Keep in mind that if you do as StuartS suggests you will need to re-install any programs that didn't come with your computer and download any updates/SPs not included with your original files. You MAY also lose all the files in the My Documents folder. You should assume that will happen.

You can copy personal files using a number of different methods prior to re-installing WinXP. Knoppix should be able to access your files as can recovery programs.

There are a couple of commands that you could try from the screen you were in before taking the more drastic step of a complete re-install.

Type help at the prompt you were at for a full list of available commands. Look at the link below for more on the repair console.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Additionally I suggest you view the link below for additional information on repair installs.

http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrep...


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#5
September 16, 2009 at 05:53:20
A repair install should not affect any installed applications or data files. Basically all a repair install does is reconstruct the registry and replaces the files that have been updated with the originals from the original install.

What you will need to do is reinstall any OS updates and service packs the were installed since the original install.

The secret is to read carefully what you see on the screen and make sure you understand what you are reading before you take any actions.

Stuart


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#6
September 19, 2009 at 08:25:23
Thanks for all the suggestions. I have determined that in addition to having a cooling fan fail, I had some kind of hard drive failure. The drive was an 80 gig IDE and in the repair console using the dos commands I was able to see many files and directories but no data (photos, msic word files, etc.) I have replaced the drive with a like drive (OEM) and reinstalled all my applications including updates and security patches (what a chore). I have an IDE outboard USB cable and am successfully able to use the drive as an outboard D: drive. I used Norton Disk Dr. on it and came up with no disk errors. Nevertheless, the disk seems to have any accessible data files in the normal data directories. Whenever I try to access the directories on this now outboard drive it balks and tells me access is denied as if it were password protected. I had made a back up months ago so I am not totally dead in the water but I would like to copy back all this date. My drive reads like it is 3/4 full so there are large data sectors on the drive. Does anyone have any idea on how I might go about regaining access to these data?


Jim


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#7
September 19, 2009 at 08:47:55
You need to take ownership of the files. As they came from a different installation you don't own them any more.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Stuart


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#8
September 19, 2009 at 12:23:10
Stuart,
Thanks for the pointer. That is was I needed exactly. I have recovered most, if not all, the files I had on the old drive. I am nearly back to where I was a week ago now. It could have been worse! :>) I appreciate the help.
Jim

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