Stuck in Install Loop

Averatec / 3200
December 5, 2009 at 22:09:21
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 1GB
I screwed up! While trying to get logged on to my laptop, because I have a logon virus, I was using my WinXP Pro Install disk, when I accidently let it go into Install instead of Repair. Because I don't have the Key any more, I can't get out of the Install to get logged on, so I can deal with the virus that won't let me log on. ( 8 >

An anyone help me get out of the Install loop? Then, I need advice on how to get logged on so I can deal with the virus.

Thanks,

Duane

dtway@mindspring.com


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#1
December 5, 2009 at 22:51:51
When you simply boot up the system - no XP disk involved.. do you get to a boot-menu at least?

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#2
December 6, 2009 at 04:48:16
That's caused by a new entry in the boot.ini file, that is set to the installation and the wait time is set to 0.
If you have a live cd and are able to access your hard drive, you can edit the boot.ini file.
You can simply set the wait time to e.g. 30 and should get the boot menu after reboot.

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#3
December 6, 2009 at 07:03:50
Knoppix or Ubuntu are two "live" CD/DVD Linux variants that will likely allow you to access/edit the boot.ini as "paulsep" advises.

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#4
December 6, 2009 at 09:24:11
Usually the windows key is on a label stuck to the bottom of the laptop. I assume you looked there for it?

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#5
December 8, 2009 at 13:02:50
Thanks for the help, folks.

trvir: No, no boot menu. I've tried all of the F-keys and can't get to SAFE mode or any other startup options. Don't have either Knoppix or Ubantu. Can I download and create a CD? Once I load it, then what?

paulsep: Got the CD, just not the Key. How do I go about getting to the hard drive if I have the CD? When the system boots without the CD, it goes all the way through to the Login screen, but won't accept the the ID or password.

Screwfix: See above. The key is no longer legible. This is a way old Averatec 3200.


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#6
December 8, 2009 at 13:41:32
Which live cd are you using?

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#7
December 8, 2009 at 15:21:53
knoppix.com; ubuntu.com

Download eithere/both... burn whichever to its own DVD (usually too much these days for a CD) and boot with whichever you prefer...


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#8
December 8, 2009 at 15:59:57
If you need the win xp cd key , you can call Microsoft, if you have a ligit copy they will issue you a new key. They little numbers on the cd near the center identify the cd. It's pretty much useless without the key anyways

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#9
December 11, 2009 at 10:45:08
Thank you all.

Paulsep, I used the WinXP CD that corresponds to the one loaded on the laptop.

Duane


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#10
December 11, 2009 at 11:03:47
For safe-mode F8 is the key

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#11
December 11, 2009 at 12:37:49
dtway

I asked for which live cd did you use for editing the boot.ini file.

The Win XP CD is the installation CD.

There are a lot of live CDs out there, like Knoppix, OpenSuSE a.s.o.


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