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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by testing, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. testing

    testing Flightless Bird

    Hello,

    I am getting the same message as many and have reviewed many articles
    including, "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP
    from starting."

    I cannot use that article because the system was OEM installed and they did
    not provide the CD that is recommended for use in just this situation.

    My husband attempted all of the options once hitting the F8 as well as using
    System Restore. The computer cannot get past the start up so safe mode and
    system restore do not work.

    Two questions:
    1) How can we fix without using the recommended CDs? I am not sure this is
    even possible.
    2) If it isn't possible, what is the cheapest/quickest way to get the CDs?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    testing wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am getting the same message as many and have reviewed many articles
    > including, "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents
    > Windows XP from starting."
    >
    > I cannot use that article because the system was OEM installed and
    > they did not provide the CD that is recommended for use in just this
    > situation.
    >
    > My husband attempted all of the options once hitting the F8 as well
    > as using System Restore. The computer cannot get past the start up
    > so safe mode and system restore do not work.
    >
    > Two questions:
    > 1) How can we fix without using the recommended CDs? I am not sure
    > this is even possible.
    > 2) If it isn't possible, what is the cheapest/quickest way to get the
    > CDs?


    Although owning a full-fledged XP installation CD is certainly helpful
    and preferable, you can still use the article cited above without one.
    Simply create your own custom-made bootable XP Recovery Console CD.
    Everything you need to do create it is covered on this page:

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic276527.html
     
  3. Touch Base

    Touch Base Flightless Bird

    "testing" <testing@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:A56499E5-ABAE-460E-8D27-DE53610DA49F@microsoft.com...
    Hello,

    I am getting the same message as many and have reviewed many articles
    including, "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows
    XP
    from starting."

    I cannot use that article because the system was OEM installed and they did
    not provide the CD that is recommended for use in just this situation.

    My husband attempted all of the options once hitting the F8 as well as using
    System Restore. The computer cannot get past the start up so safe mode and
    system restore do not work.

    Two questions:
    1) How can we fix without using the recommended CDs? I am not sure this is
    even possible.
    2) If it isn't possible, what is the cheapest/quickest way to get the CDs?

    Thanks so much!

    ============================================================

    Beg, borrow or steal a XP CD to follow theses steps. It can be either Home
    Edition or Professional.it doesn't matter because you are not re-installing
    Windows you only need to access the Recovery Console, or you can download
    the XP Home or Professional files from Microsoft and copy them to 6 floppy
    disks if you really can't find anyone, friend, relative etc to loan you a XP
    CD.

    I'll have a guess that you are running XP Home. You don't mention what
    version you are running, it should be on the COA sticker [Certificate of
    Authenticity] usually pasted on the side of the computer case.

    Repairing Windows XP in Eight Commands

    http://tech.icrontic.com/articles/repair_windows_xp/

    I have used this procedure quite a few times with computers that exhibit the
    exact problems you are describing.

    Links to download to use floppy disk to install windows:

    Windows XP Professional Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...db-5039-4955-bcb7-4fed408ea73f&displaylang=en


    Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...68-6E4F-471C-B455-BD5AFEE126D8&displaylang=en

    --
    Regards,
    Touch Base
    Report back on the results, good or bad so others may benefit
     
  4. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 12, 11:22 pm, testing <test...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am getting the same message as many and have reviewed many articles
    > including, "How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP
    > from starting."
    >
    > I cannot use that article because the system was OEM installed and they did
    > not provide the CD that is recommended for use in just this situation.
    >
    > My husband attempted all of the options once hitting the F8 as well as using
    > System Restore.  The computer cannot get past the start up so safe modeand
    > system restore do not work.
    >
    > Two questions:
    > 1) How can we fix without using the recommended CDs?  I am not sure this is
    > even possible.
    > 2) If it isn't possible, what is the cheapest/quickest way to get the CDs?
    >
    > Thanks so much!


    First, get the XP Recovery Console going, verify your file system,
    then work on any leftover issues.

    Eliminate or repair possible file system corruption from a power
    failure, ungraceful shutdown or aborted restart.

    Have any of these events occurred?

    You should first boot your PC into the XP Recovery Console using a
    bootable XP installation CD or a bootable CD with the XP Recovery
    Console on it. This is not the same as any Recovey or System CDs that
    may have come with a
    store bought system.

    Was the issue preceded by a power interruption, aborted restart, or
    improper shutdown?

    These can cause corruption in the file system which must be fixed
    before you do anything else.

    If any of those events have occurred, you should boot into the Windows
    Recovery Console using a bootable XP installation CD, or create on a
    bootable XP Recovery Console CD. This is not the same as any recovery
    disks that might have come a store bought system.

    For each of your hard disks, you should then run:

    chkdsk /r

    You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file
    and burning it to a CD.

    The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:

    xp_rec_con.iso

    Download the ISO file from here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?ueyyzfymmig

    Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:

    http://www.imgburn.com/

    It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on a computer that is
    working.

    You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM
    drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These
    adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it,
    you will have to reboot the system again.

    When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:

    Press any key to boot from CD...

    The Windows Setup... will proceed.

    Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.

    Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:/WINDOWS)

    You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).

    You should be in the C:/WINDOWS folder. This is the same as the
    C:/WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.

    RC allows basic file commands - copy, rename, replace, delete, cd,
    chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr, etc.

    From the command prompt window run the chkdsk command on the drive
    where Windows is installed to try to repair any problems on the
    afflicted drive.

    Running chkdsk is fine to run even if it doesn't find any problems.

    Assuming your boot drive is C, run the following command:

    chkdsk C: /r

    Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find. It may take
    a long time to complete or appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the
    HDD light is still flashing, it is doing something. Keep an eye on
    the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress.

    Remove the CD and type 'exit' to leave the RC and restart the
    computer.

    You do not have to adjust the BIOS again to boot on the HDD since the
    CD will not be present.
     

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