Possible Force Repair Xp Pro

April 25, 2009 at 08:27:00
Specs: Windows xp
I will try and explain...this is what I already did...I put in my xp cd and selected the first option...which was 'enter' then I hit 'r' for repair and it went thru the process of repairing...it finished fine but did not work as planned...I messed something up and want to re-do it, so what I want to do...

I want to do another repair but this is what happens..I press enter, then F8, and the next screen says select the windows installation to repair and press 'r'...but when I press 'r' the next screen says...Setup has already attempted to upgrade and the only options are:

to retry upgrading to windows xp press enter

to continue installing a fresh copy without repairing press esc

to quite setup press f3.

Is there something I can do, so when I go back to the 'repair' screen it will actually do the repair. Meaning...can I move/delete a certain file so when the xp cd looks at my drive it will think something is wrong and give me the option to fix it.

Hope that makes sense...also please keep in mind the repair Im tryinjg to do is the one you select after first hitting 'Enter'

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April 25, 2009 at 08:31:09
You should not have pressed "R". Try doing a "repair installation" instead:


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April 25, 2009 at 08:31:11
Computing.net frown on those who double post or create multiple threads dealing with the same issue. Stick with your original thread below,



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April 25, 2009 at 08:45:24
Im NOT double posting....Im asking a different question. The firt question I asked was about the key code and fixing THAT problem....this question is asking about doing a repair...NOT the same.

As for the other poster...Imtrying to explain i did a repair already but after it was done...I most have messed something up...so I want to do another repair...however when I try to, it says alrady did it...so Im asking if there is something I can do...like delete or move a file that will make the install cd...think it has to do another repair.

Any ideas

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April 25, 2009 at 09:00:59
"Imtrying to explain i did a repair already"

Yes, but you said your pressed "R" to do the repair & I'm telling you that you should not have done it that way. You should have done a complete "over-the-top" installation which is known as a "repair installation". It's totally different than pressing "R".

Needless to say, it sounds like you have things all mucked up. I don't usually recommend this but I think it's time to wipe the HDD & start from scratch. If you don't have a product ket that will work, all XP CDs have a generic key that will work for the installation but it will have to be changed to a "legal" key for activation. Explore the CD...the file is called unattend.txt, it's in the I386 folder. Scroll to the bottom to find the product key.

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April 25, 2009 at 09:13:20
Thanks for the tips I appreciate it...but first the key you speak about on the unattened is not a key really....when I first had this problem a read about this key but if you read further you will see that this key is not a real working one.

As for the repair...things are not the mucked up yet...when I put in my miniPE cd...I can still see my files so that is not a problem....Im trying to keep from lossing everything...cannnot move the files I have no means to do this...

The repair I speak about was the right one...I'll explain...when u put in the cd..it gives you three options press enter, press R or exit (I think).

I pressed enter first, then F8 to accept terms, then it asked me if I wanted to repair. When I did it the first time it worked great however when it asked for the key, the key I had must have been blocked or no good.

So..I need to do a new repair but this time with the new cd I just bought....however as I explained when I try to get to that part...it says it already tried a repair.

There must be a way to either delete or move a file that the cd will think is corrupt and give the option to repair again...I just dont know which or how to do this....ideas please

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