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NZHawk
12-12-2007, 10:04 AM
I need to run a repair install on WinXP Home.
When I boot from the WinXP cd and go through to the installation, repair isn't one of the options.
How do I get that to option?
Many thanks.

wainuitech
12-12-2007, 10:10 AM
This is meant to reinstall / repair windows XP & leave all data / programs Intact. If possible make sure your data is backed up, sometimes it does go wrong.

You will need your 25 digit product key for this.

Place XP CD in drive: Reboot or shutdown and start PC.
1.When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
NOTE: if it doesn't locate your old OS STOP! as any further actions may result in wiping your data.

6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

NZHawk
12-12-2007, 10:14 AM
Wainuitech: This is where the problem is:

5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

No "R" is available; I only have ENTER, C or D

wainuitech
12-12-2007, 10:18 AM
Hmmmm ok when you try to boot normally, what is the (error) message you get.

NZHawk
12-12-2007, 10:23 AM
No error
Computer doesn't boot.
I have tested the ram & hard drive - both OK

drcspy
12-12-2007, 10:32 AM
hm.......seen this before on odd occasions myself........

sorry cant remember the 'fix' right now.......ah .....drat....you say:


No error
Computer doesn't boot.

just what EXACTLY does it do or not do and do you get any error messages ?

NZHawk
12-12-2007, 10:45 AM
Drcspy: mmmm - thanks, I guess.

drcspy
12-12-2007, 10:51 AM
sigh.....I hate repeating myself:



just what EXACTLY does it do or not do and do you get any error messages ?

wainuitech
12-12-2007, 10:53 AM
Ditto - Drcspy / NZhawk - got a few suggestions - but your Question
just what EXACTLY does it do or not do and do you get any error messages ? will be helpful :D

NZHawk
12-12-2007, 11:06 AM
What it does:
fans - spin
green light on monitor lite - but no display after the initial bios screen
couple of blinks from the hard drive light after the bios start-up screen

What it doesn't do:
complete the boot (diagnostics card I have gave a code 25)
doesn't display anything after the bios
no hard drive activity after the bios start-up screen

Also tried new power supply with no change.

NZHawk
12-12-2007, 11:22 AM
I am going to sign off on this one and send the computer back to the supplier / manufacturer.

Many thanks to those who contributed input however limited & helpful.

drcspy
12-12-2007, 11:34 AM
hm.........hokay well good luck .........btw what does :


diagnostics card I have gave a code 25

that code mean ?

and have you tried resetting the bios to defaults ?

wainuitech
12-12-2007, 12:00 PM
Many thanks to those who contributed input however limited & helpful.

Geeee - go out on a job come back and given up already within a couple of hours -:groan:

Oh well - the limited suggestions cant be turned into more helpful ones if only part of the information is supplied I guess.

Good luck on getting it repaired.

pctek
12-12-2007, 12:14 PM
5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

No "R" is available;

That happens when either not enough of Windows is intact for it to be repaired or it doesn't see an O/S at all.

bevy121
12-12-2007, 12:17 PM
Diagnostic Card PC Analyzer Version


Error Code – 25
AMI (25)Interrupt vector initialization done. Going to read Input port of 9042 for turbo
switch(if any).Going to read I/O port of 8042 for turb o switch(if any).
Award (25)Enable slots 5;Initialize slot 5.Test extended memor y.
Compaq (25)Test diskette subsystem.
Phoenix&Dell (25)[Beep]=none interrupt vector loading in-progress.


Not that it helps much lol