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Ulsterman
15-05-2011, 03:50 PM
I am trying to use my XP installation CD to repair an XP installation using the XP installation disc. From the Welcome To setup I can select "To repair a Windows XP Installation using Recovery Console, press R" which I have done. I then get a dos command that says, 1: C:\WINDOWS, Which Windows installation would you like to log onto <To cancel, press ENTER>?

What do I do now? It seems that I can only type in one number or letter but that is not correct as no numbers or letters appear to work.

So it seems that I have the ability to do a repair but I cannot see how to activate it.

Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.:thanks

wainuitech
15-05-2011, 04:49 PM
So exactly what happens, Message etc when you press 1 on the keyboard ( not the Numeric Pad) ?

What you should get next is a prompt to type in the admin password, if there isn't one just hit enter, and you should then be at the prompt C:\Windows>

Dont mean to be offensive, but do you actually know what to type in after you get to the prompt ?

The XP recovery console is all command prompt,DOS, you have to type in commands, its not like windows where you can click on things ?

Whats the problem you are having with XP anyway ?

pctek
15-05-2011, 05:26 PM
I can select "To repair a Windows XP Installation using Recovery Console, press R" which I have done.

Is this what you want to do?
This is the first prompt screen, you have a choice of selecting R for Recovery Console - which will give you a DOS prompt here, or you can choose press Enter to Install.

If you choose Enter to Install, it will stop at another prompt screen, this time giving you choices of Enter to Install (an entire new install) or R to Repair.

Then you choose Repair which looks as if it's doing an install, but it doesn't touch your personal stuff or anything, just fixes Windows itself.

If you don't get the choice of R for Repair at this second screen, then Windows is usually too stuffed to fix.

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 10:35 AM
Thanks for your replies.

The problem is that the PC continually reboots. It starts loading windows, but does not get past the first screen (with the blue status bar) before it reboots. It does not reboot if I go to the installation disc which tells me that it is a windows problem. So I thought I may be able to use the disc to repair the problem.

After going to the disc I came to the point where I could ask it to go to the repair, but as I said, it asked me which windows installation I would like to log into, but to answer your question Wainui, I do not know what to enter which is why I asked.

Pctek: I have followed your instructions and have arrived at a screen that says:

Setup has already attempted to upgrade the following windows installation.
C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Professional."
Setup will try to complete the upgrade again.
To retry ugrading to Windows XP, press ENTER.
To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.
To quit Setup, press F3.

Which option should I choose?

SolMiester
16-05-2011, 10:45 AM
Couple of things about this bug me....
1) the message appears to be talking about upgrading your windows repair
2)-repair install WILL wipe out all on the administrator documents and if this is your only account on the PC, you will lose everything!
3) i would try a safe boot and try and work out why the PC is looping rather than try 1 way solution of repair!

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 11:40 AM
SolMiester: Thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately, I am unable to go to the safe boot. I continually press F8 but it does not work.

I am happy to have all the administrator documents wiped out. All my saved files are on my other HD so no worries there.

So I will happily reinstall XP if that's what it takes to get the PC working again. At the moment it is of no use at all.

PinoyKiw
16-05-2011, 11:56 AM
If you already have saved your files/documents else where, then pressing ESC would install a fresh copy of Windows.

You will of course need your various drivers handy to install when prompted.

But whether a fresh install of windows will solve your problems or not.....

wainuitech
16-05-2011, 02:02 PM
I would like to log into, but to answer your question Wainui, I do not know what to enter which is why I asked. I already asked/ advised number one on the keyboard
So exactly what happens, Message etc when you press 1 on the keyboard

Sounds like it may have been partway through a Upgrade of the OS, possibly a service pack, OR some other type of updates which can be described as "upgrading" and for some reason failed or got stuck, if you have the option to finish the actions ( which you say press Enter) then try that.
-repair install WILL wipe out all on the administrator documents and if this is your only account on the PC, you will lose everything! Errrrrrrrr NO! By default the Real administrator account is hidden in XP, and to have it only as the one main account you have to do a bit of fiddling around with settings. You will normally have the user account, and the hidden Admin account.

"If" theres any documents etc in the hidden Admin account, then they may get wiped. The normal user account should be fine.

What happens when you do this:
To retry ugrading to Windows XP, press ENTER.

SolMiester
16-05-2011, 02:44 PM
WT - If no user accounts are created in XP, the user account used will be the administrator account period. An any repair install will wipe the docs and setting.. I have suffered from this before mate!
Windows 7 hides the admin account, XP does not!

LOL WT - I just worked out where you got the hidden admin bit from...LOL, when XP is install it asks you to create other accounts yes!, will this didnt always happen, there must have been a change in the install routine...

When XP 1st came out, you were not prompted to create accounts, unless it has something to do with the different licencing versions!

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 08:37 PM
What happens when you do this:[/QUOTE] To retry ugrading to Windows XP, press ENTER.

I recieve the licencing agreement, so I pressed F8=I agree.

Then, If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it.

To repair press R.

To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows without repairing press ESC.

C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"

I pressed R.

Setup has already attempted to upgrade C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"

Setup will try to complete the upgrade again.

To retry upgrading to Windows XP, press ENTER

To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC

To quit Setup, press F3.

Which option should I choose, please?

wainuitech
16-05-2011, 08:47 PM
Ok lets take a few steps backwards :nerd: --- In the original post you mentioned you were trying to boot from the CD to do a repair (fair enough).

Then in a couple of posts back #4, you mentioned :
The problem is that the PC continually reboots. It starts loading windows, but does not get past the first screen (with the blue status bar) before it reboots.

The question, if you can answer it -- What were you doing, or what was installing prier to the reboot problem starting ?

Were you installing any programs, doing updates, or Upgrades, sudden crash/shutdown, stop some sort of install ?

Just trying to figure out what has caused the reboot problem to start with.

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 09:02 PM
Thank you for your reply, Wainui.

I had been installing two or three programmes before this started and that seemed to progress okay. That was all. No upgrading or anything else. There was no sudden crash but one day I started the PC and it kept rebooting. It does not reboot every time, so occaisionally it partially loads Windows, but does not complete. Then it will reboot again. Frustrating.

I thought that by using the XP CD I may be able to repair it and that is where I started having difficulties.

At present I have the Setup waiting for my next move, as I said in my last post. What should I press, please?

wainuitech
16-05-2011, 09:14 PM
Whats the worry is the piece that says "Setup has already attempted to upgrade the following windows installation."

Is the word in bold/underlined exactly what it says ?

"To retry ugrading to Windows XP, press ENTER"

That usually pops up when there has been a failed repair install and upgrading to a higher version of XP Eg: from XP Home to Pro (and you would know if that was done) OR windows was being upgraded from an earlier version. 98>XP


When you have the option to press ENTER -- What happens when Enter is pressed - does it carry on, reboot in an endless loop, or some other error message ?


Also, your XP CD - Its is XP Pro and not XP home ?

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 09:45 PM
I think that it says, "To retry upgrading to Windows XP, press ENTER" because I have tried unsuccessfully to do a repair. I don't think that I have attempted to reinstall windows.

When I press ENTER it displays the licencing aggreement. I pressed F8 to agree and it then says, "If the following Windows XP installation is damaged, Setup can try to repair it. To repair press R. To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC."

What do you suggest I do?

Ulsterman
16-05-2011, 10:05 PM
I do not know if it is Home or Pro - it does not say as it is a copy, but when I put it in my laptop CD Rom it says, "Windows XPSp2."

martyall
19-05-2011, 02:50 PM
Couple of things about this bug me....
1) the message appears to be talking about upgrading your windows repair
2)-repair install WILL wipe out all on the administrator documents and if this is your only account on the PC, you will lose everything!
3) i would try a safe boot and try and work out why the PC is looping rather than try 1 way solution of repair!

I tried this one. And thank you very much cause it help me a lot in my problem. :D

wainuitech
19-05-2011, 03:24 PM
I do not know if it is Home or Pro - it does not say as it is a copy, but when I put it in my laptop CD Rom it says, "Windows XPSp2." You have to make sure its the correct CD for your version. Theres no point in trying to do repairs with xp home if its XP Pro, as some parts are different.In fact it may not even install from fresh, as the Product key has to match the version.

The fact that its a copy is also a worry - its obviously not a genuine CD esp with the name like that.

Where did you get it from- as forum rules do not allow help if the software is pirated.

Agent_24
20-05-2011, 02:12 AM
It would be interesting to know what is causing the reboot, have you tried safe mode or disabling restart on system failure?