I need to revert back from XP pro to the original install

December 7, 2012 at 11:02:57
Specs: Windows XP standard
Hi Everyone,

We have a few XP machines in our facility running no longer available programs.

The other day one wouldn't load explorer.exe. Noticed the drive was 99.9% full. I entered in safe mode with dos and cleaned up some of the temp files and downloads to free space. I was able to get it to restart, but it still wouldn't open explorer.exe so all i had was a blank desktop.

I grabbed a XP pro CD not thinking that the old box was just XP. Ran the chkdsk, didn't work, tried running the repair using directions from a old forum that stated i could act like its a new install, and it should recognize the old install and prompt me to repair. This was not the case.

The install crashed about 1/3 of the way through. Now when it boots i get a XP pro screen, the straight to blue screen/restart looping.

How can i revert back to the original install from the half installed XP Pro?

Any help is greatly appreciated,
Aaron


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December 7, 2012 at 11:14:08
You will have to boot from a partition manager utility CD and re-format the partition where Windows is part-installed so that the partition is rendered empty. You can do it with the free MiniTool Partition Wizard bootable CD. Go here and scroll down to "Free Bootable CD" : http://www.partitionwizard.com/down...

Take care not to format the factory recovery partition if it exists.

After the formatting, use the factory recovery discs or the factory recovery partition (whichever method is available) to restore the original factory pre-installation of Windows.


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December 7, 2012 at 11:26:52
There is no "XP Standard". The main editions are Home & Pro, but there's also Starter & Media Center editions. If the PCs are for a business, they most likely run XP Pro.

"Ran the chkdsk, didn't work"

Did you run chkdsk /f or chkdsk /r? Did you press F8 & run it from the command prompt or did you boot off the XP CD & run it from the recovery console?

"tried running the repair using directions from a old forum that stated i could act like its a new install, and it should recognize the old install and prompt me to repair. This was not the case"

Are these the instructions & did you follow them exactly as explained?

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_...

Regardless, you now have a botched install & I doubt there's anyway to save it. Did you try rebooting off disc & running the repair again?


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