Can't repair current installation

January 17, 2010 at 18:51:04
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Celeron 2.80 / 512mb
Hello everybody.

I have just developed some problems with xp pro sp3. Amongst other things it hangs for no reason, IE7 opens but will not connect to the internet to display pages but it will display pages stored on my hard drive. Firefox works fine. System restore will not open.

I have scanned with Avast and AVG and Spybot and used a registry checker.

I do not have Windows Repair Console

So I decided to try an install repair using a slipstreamed xp sp3 disk. Booted no problem to the setup screen where details of the current installation were displayed. I chose "Set up Windows XP". The next screen only gave me the option of deleting my current installation, overwriting it and destroying all the user accounts and data etc. or installing in a new partition. Nowhere was I given a "Repair" option.

I thought the idea of doing a reinstall was to save all the stuff on the hard drive.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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#1
January 17, 2010 at 19:41:13
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/X...

Note the "Do not select the first repair option"


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#2
January 17, 2010 at 21:31:47
I hate broken links.. The first option isn't a repair option it's called recovery console, and exits you to a dos prompt type environment that does nothing.

You need to repair and not use the recovery console that is hard to get to in xp setup, when setup first loads up press enter to install xp now then F8, and when it gets to the next step there should be an option that says use the Recovery Console but skip over that option by selecting continue to install windows XP then on the next screen you are at the part where you select where to install xp and it should say press R to repair existing windows if you don't see repair then exit setup because that means it won't repair your windows..

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#3
January 17, 2010 at 21:41:28
I hate broken links.. The first option isn't a repair option it's called recovery console, and exits you to a dos prompt type environment that does nothing.

It is not a broken link, it is working as intended. The recovery console can do quite a lot if you take the trouble to find out what.

Stuart


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#4
January 17, 2010 at 22:02:33
If saying error 404 and directing you to search results is it's intention then yeah the link is working.

The recovery console can do quite a lot if you take the trouble to find out what.

Yes if your an expert or at least familiar with using dos.

On the matter of the problem I just checked booted my XP sp3 install cd and it doesn't work that way it goes strait into where you select the partition to install on and there is no repair or recovery console option just like he said he didn't see one because it probably isn't really there mine doesn't show it either.

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#5
January 17, 2010 at 22:30:41
Yes if your an expert or at least familiar with using dos.

Nothing to do with DOS as DOS is obsolete and plays no part in windows XP. Everyone had to learn new things when XP came out as the repair console is not DOS. Just try reading the help files. The information is all there.

If you don't get a repair option once the installation has identified the partitions then you are out of luck. It is an indication that the current installation is too corrupted to be repaired. A full install may be your only option,

Stuart


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#6
January 21, 2010 at 08:53:09
http://h1.ripway.com/gotgull/dospro...

It doesn't matter that recovery console isn't dos it looks and works the same way you have to type commands into a prompt and uses switches so it still is a dos like environment. it's not Dos though it's an XP console mode but it's all the same to a Dos expert like me. Obsolete because my tech degree expired with DOS and I never updated it, and I don't intend to.

My XP sp3 is a custom install cd though so it skips over the initial part of setup on purpose.. I believe though that you can use the sp2 cd to repair XP even if you had sp3 installed only you'll have to reinstall sp3 afterwords to run programs that depend on the sp3 like IE8 or something..

Other than that if you originally installed with a sp2 cd and installed sp3 on top of it, you may need to use that same sp2 setup cd instead..

Or maybe one our recovery console experts can explain what you can do with it to fix windows XP..

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#7
January 21, 2010 at 09:29:18
It doesn't matter that recovery console isn't dos it looks and works the same way you have to type commands into a prompt and uses switches so it still is a dos like environment

You type commands on a command line and use switches in Linux but thats not DOS either.

If the installation disk will not recognise the presence of an existing Windows installation then there is nothing left to be do except a complete new install.

You can try the Recovery Console but I wouldn't hold out much hope. The first thing you need to do is enter the administrators password for the current installation.

You can try Fixboot or Bootcfg but I doubt if they are going to help. Most of the Recovery Console command are to do with booting problems. This looks like a registry problem which the Recovery Console will not fix.

If you get into the Recovery Console type Help for a list of commands. Then help command for instructions on what the command does.

Stuart


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#8
January 21, 2010 at 12:58:31
It appears that your slipstreamed xp sp3 disk is a tailored CD which does NOT permit a repair option. This happens when a CD is created to perform a fully unattended install.

It you look at the i386 directory on your CD you will notice a file call winnt.sif. This file is the answer file used to answer all the questions normally posed in an inter-active install.

In addition it will have an entry in that file (in the unattended section) that may look like:
UnattendMode=FullUnattended.

To get round this and be able to a repair you will need to do the following:

1. Use an ISO creator/editor (like UltraISO or MagicISO neither are free) to create an ISO image of your CD.

2. Use the ISO editor to delete the WINNT.SIF from the ISO and save it.

Now you will be able to perform a repair.

Alternatively find and use a CD which is not designed for an unattended install.

Hope it helps.

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#9
January 22, 2010 at 07:44:11
Hi Everyone.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

I decided to bite the bullet and do a clean install. Fortunately, all my stuff was backed up so it wasn't too bad. A lot of stuff was still in place after the new install, including Program Files, My Downloads and My Unzipped Files.

Thanks once again for your interest


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