I was reinstalling XP on my Medion laptop. I have two disks that I can use to do this. The official MS disk and a Medion disk. As I did not want the problem of reinstalling the programs I had downloaded over the years I used the MS disk.
I had red-up on all the info. I could find on this and all seemed to go very well right up to the final point when XP reboots. It got stuck on the part where the bands crawl across the screen and just would not actually enter Windows. It just went round and round in an endless loop.
So I had a go on reinstalling with the Medion disk. This time everything worked alright and the computer now runs as it should. Yes I did have to reload all programs such as Internet settings etc. but as I also had the BT disk this was no problem only time consuming.
So where did I go wrong, why when I used the original MS disk that came with the computer it seemed to load up XP but just went in to a loop at the very end?
A time may come when I will again need to reinstall XP and the official MS disk should be more convenient if I could only get it to work.
I take it that you were doing a Repair on Windows if you were expecting to have all your programs and data intact. I have been able to do this with my Medion disk without any problem so I can only suggest that your retail copy was not the same version as installed on the laptop.
No it was to be full restore as I never saw any choice of making it a repair on the MS or the Medion disk. I must have missed something as all the bumf I read mentioned being able to make a repair or a full restore!