Windows XP Repair Interrupted

December 12, 2010 at 00:18:05
Specs: Windows XP Profession SP3
I was in the process of completing a repair installation of Windows XP Pro when the computer lost power. It had completed the initial stage and had just restarted and had the 39 minute countdown. I am unable to resume the installation and the repair no longer recognizes the Windows install. I've tried using the Recovery Console (bootcfg, fixmbr, fixboot).

From what I understand, I need to restore the previous registry in order to continue. Where does Windows XP Repair backup these files?

Your help is greatly appreciated.


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#1
December 12, 2010 at 07:10:16
You may want to read THIS article. It will restore the registry from the Recovery Console. You can either use an existing System Restore point or the registry files Microsoft stores at initial installation.

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#2
December 12, 2010 at 19:21:05
This is what I am looking to do.

It looks like the repair process already backed up the registry and had replaced it with a new one. Is this correct? If so, where did it store the backup?


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#3
December 12, 2010 at 20:32:44
"I am unable to resume the installation "

That's what happens when you don't get all the way through Setup with the Repair installtion, or if you quit Setup for any reason.

The procedure terii pointed to works well if you get one of the errors mentioned with a Windows installation that was working previously, but you may not be able to do that with an interrupted Repair installtion - it wipes out some of the Registry information and re-builds it - most of that is done during the SECOND stage of Setup - that may not have been finished.
Even if it does work, it sets everything to basics - you WILL have to re-install Programs, Windows Updates, drivers, re-set personal settings, but other things such as saved email, documents, music, movies etc. will still be there. Because of that, if you can do a Repair installation, it's always the better choice to try.


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#4
December 12, 2010 at 23:03:34
Thank you both very much. I was thinking that the Windows XP Repair had done more than it had with moving registry files and fortunately that article helped me get back up and running without the blue screen issues that initially prompted the repair install.

Now, would you suggest I go ahead and do a Windows XP repair install or leave it as is? It seems that the repair install could do more damage than good at this point.


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#5
December 13, 2010 at 07:16:24
There's no point in running the Repair installation again.
Once you have loaded those basic files terii pointed to, there's no way of getting Windows back to the state it was in before you ran the Repair installation when it was still working fine.
You WILL have to re-install Programs, Windows Updates, drivers, re-set personal settings, but you have the advantage over an install from scratch that other things such as saved email, documents, music, movies etc. are still there.

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