how to repair win XP pro SP3

April 25, 2011 at 12:09:20
Specs: Windows XP
Winows freezes anytime. Trying to repair from CD, but system refuses, message: CD Windows is an older version...

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April 25, 2011 at 12:31:16
Why do you think the problem is with Windows? You are not providing enough info for us to help.

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April 27, 2011 at 04:35:01
Sorry for that. A couple of days ago, after some up-dates and cleaning (CCleaner, Disk "C" Clean-up and Defrag) got a message telling some Windows system files have been replaced by others and could have some problems running programs. I scanned thoroughly the machine for virus and malware, but didn't find any significant problem (have Symantec End Point). The first symptom was an USB 3G modem program I had to reinstall. The audio system emits some noise time to time and the machine (lap-top Toshiba\Sattellite PRO freezes any time and sound keeps emitting a permanent noise (like a car's ignition interferring in the car's radio) untill I push the swicth off. I tried to restore the system, but as I had made some changes (unistalling programs, peripherics and so) it didn't work. For your info I had a similar problem about a year ago, and solved it repairing Windows install, which doesn't work now because of "older Windows version in CD". I downloaded an ISO version of Windows XP streamed with SP3, and should create a CD to be able to repair the install, but I'm not sure how to do that and whether it is suitable or not. I'm trying to avoid a rough Windows reinstall to save programs and drivers of my job.....Thanks a lot for any tip you can give me. Guillermo Servente

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April 27, 2011 at 06:39:02
Downloading an ISO of WinXP is not the best way to proceed. Your restore disks have all the files that came on the laptop. You just need to slipstream SP3 into those files.

Before you do that you may be able to repair things. I am not sure what program you used that would result in different versions of some files being installed. That said running chkdsk may clear up the problem. Go to the third link below to learn about chkdsk.

In the future I recommend you only apply one clceaner program at a time with a reboot in between. I don't recommend registry cleaners, although the one bundled with Ccleaner is safe to use. Also, when using Ccleaner there is an option to save a copy of the changes. If you do that and save to desktop it is easy to revert back if needed.

I suggest you slipstream SP3 yourself. It is easy to do. Download nliteos and SP3 from the links below.

You will need to use a computer with a fast connection for SP3 and it also needs a third party CD burning program like Nero burning rom, Roxio easy CD creator, or one of the lesser known free ones.

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April 29, 2011 at 04:58:23
OK, so I did what you said, slipstreamed SP3 to my CD and did a proper "repair". Now my computer works fine again!! I'm not a fan of registry cleaners,but have to use them time to time anyway. I'm not sure the changes in system files have been caused by CCleaner either. Just sure that your advise helped me a lot. Thanks!!! Guillermo.

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April 29, 2011 at 08:56:55
No problem, thanks for getting back and letting us know the resolution.

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