Reinstalling WinXP/SP2 from pre-SP2 Recovery Disk

  Rayspan 21:41 20 Sep 2005
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System becoming unstable (i.e. frequently refusing to start) I want to reinstall the OS. (Yep I've got good backup!) WinXP was preinstalled by manufacturer. Booting from the OEM recovery disk I get the message:
'OS is older than the one installed. Cannot continue.'
Does this mean I have to uninstall SP2 before booting from the recovery disk?

If so, and WinXP will not start . . . it's Catch22!

  VoG II 22:11 20 Sep 2005

Try this first click here

  Rayspan 08:33 21 Sep 2005

Thanks VoG - looks promising. There's a lot there to digest. All good stuff - I've run 'scannow' & will let you know if situation improves.

  Rayspan 21:49 21 Sep 2005

No noticeable improvement. However, it's looking more like H/W failure. I'm posting latest developments in a new thread.

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