Error removing & reinstalling application

April 8, 2011 at 11:31:16
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2/2
I several weeks struggling with the problem one of my applications. When I try to repair (Repair) during this process it pops up a window: "the folder path 'Documents and Settings' contains an invalid caracters". Before I decided to write this post I browsed the internet for this problem and have not found anything specific except MicrosoftFixit program, which did not help me. I made a disk defrag PerfectDisc and scan disk MHDD program. The environment variables are correct. I sense that this is caused by damage to the registry but I do not know how to check it out. I did restore the Registry First Aid but it did not help. I ran out of ideas and ask for a hint.

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April 14, 2011 at 04:51:01
I decided to use the installation CD to repair the system by the option "R ". After passing across the repair process computer can not run the system. When starting XP logo appears with flashing squares, and then again, the computer boots, and so on. It can not start in safe mode or restore the last good configuration. Please help.

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April 14, 2011 at 05:06:35
This is how you should have done the repair, if you did'nt, don't try anything for now until I know the answers to my questions.

Boot off of a clean Windows XP cd ( your bios has to be set to boot from cd rom 1st ) choose Install ( Not > To Repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R ) at the first prompt.
It will then search for a previous copy of Windows.
When it finds your copy, it will stop at the next prompt and ask if you want to do a repair. Hit R at this screen.
If it does'nt mention a repair > DO NOT continue.
It will then copy a lot of files and appear to be doing a reinstall ( But its not. All your programs and data are safe, all you will lose, are your Windows updates )
This will allow you to add accounts to the system that will be administrator accounts, it will also fix most problems in XP.

Did you use the 2nd repair option?

What version of Internet Explorer are you using?

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April 14, 2011 at 05:18:34
Thanks for reply. Yes, I use 2nd repair option. It stops and ask me if I want to do a repair. I hit R at this screen. And process go on successfully untill end and I have to reboot. Then in bios I set to boot from hd.
IE 8.

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April 14, 2011 at 05:50:20
Ok, as you did'nt use the Recovery Console repair, lets try Chkdsk in a minute.

With all these problems, have you got your drive backed up?

Here is what you may have to contend with later, probably too late now, as you have done a repair.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 or 8 is installed ( IE7 & IE8 )

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April 14, 2011 at 06:08:28
Yes, I have backed up my partition. I have Paragon Backup program installed in computer I also have recovery disc on CD. Problem is that while I boot from recovery CD progress bar stops in the middle. I did a new recovery CD an I will try to boot again. If I can not boot recovery CD I will try to do this link.

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April 14, 2011 at 06:14:12
Ok, I only wanted to know if you have your info safe before the next step.

It does take a while, so I'm going to bed now, catch you later.

Running CHKDSK from the Windows CD
Use this command > chkdsk drive /p /r

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April 14, 2011 at 06:39:48
Good night ;-)

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April 14, 2011 at 23:35:36
I did as you asked. Chkdsk found a bug but nothing that has not changed. Link to windows not helped too. I did like this:
I installed a fresh copy of XP on pre-formatted partition. I installed Paragon Backup and run a restore partition. Restore was successful and the computer started up without a problem. But the problem with reinstalling the program persists. As in the title. I just know that repairing the windows is the wrong way. I went back to the starting point.

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