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asdex
14-10-2004, 01:36 PM
Hi, my friend has a Dell laptop and can't access WinXP. He can go to the Recovery Consul but when typing in "copy" to fix the damaged files and most other things he gets "access denyed". Could he install a WinXP installation to say Windows1 safely to access his files? He doesn't want to loose any data. Will reinstalling Winxp in the same directory overwrite his data and programs?
There's no floppy drive so a boot disk to dos is no good and I don't think it boots from USB.
Thanks,
asdex

JohnD
14-10-2004, 09:36 PM
Have you tried running chkdsk /f in the recovery console?

tech_meister
14-10-2004, 09:50 PM
He can try doing a repair install.
If you need to reinstall xp, I would try to install on a different
partion if possible, his data will be accessable but some progs might not work.
You could also try copying the dos boot files on to a cdr from another xp pc and copy from the cdr to the dell laptop.
You did not mention what the boot error message was?

beama
15-10-2004, 06:57 AM
thougt of making a dos bootable cdrom,(http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm) the only thing I can see that may hinder you here is xp file system if its NTFS the dos bootable cdrom will not reconise the file system on the hard disk. This may help with Data recovery only