Reinstall Windows XP

  jja244 10:43 27 Jan 2012

Friend has quite an old computer running XP (SP3). It works - just. There are obviously some missing/corrupt files. The system file checker doesn't work and various other bits are very slow to work or come up with errors. Time to reinstall Windows I think. She has no recovery disks etc. but I have an XP disk (retail) plus an SP2 disk and SP3 on a USB stick. Can I use my disk to reinstall Windows using the COA number on her computer?

  onthelimit1 10:46 27 Jan 2012

Yes, but only if your disk is the same version - ie, XP Home or whatever.

  onthelimit1 10:47 27 Jan 2012

P.S. - when you run the setup, I've found it's best to opt for Full Format rather than Quick

  jja244 11:05 27 Jan 2012

Thanks for that 'onthelimit1'. It is the same version (XP Home). I'll need to backup all her documents etc before I do it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:10 27 Jan 2012

OPTION 2 - to save losing all her data and settings

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

  1. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

  1. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

  2. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

  3. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP

  jja244 16:22 27 Jan 2012

Many thanks Fruit Bat. I've printed off your instructions and I'll see to it next weekend.

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