Restore XP

  jerica 14:10 16 Jul 2012

Hi, good one for you, I've got twin drives with XP on one and 7 Ultimate on the other. I've somthing wierd to the XP drive and now it won't let me in even in safe mode, I just get to the loading screen and sit there. I want to try a system restore but cannot get in to try it. Is there a way of using a restore point by using the F8 and going from there or am I looking at a total re install of the XP drive????? Thanks for any suggestions.

  lotvic 14:15 16 Jul 2012

Is this a dual boot system or do you unplug one of the drives before booting to either XP or W7?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:18 16 Jul 2012

Some things to try but make sure it restores XP and not 7 maybe disconnect the 7 drive first

Restore XP

Boot to the command prompt and type:


Press Enter and follow the on-screen prompts to restore to an earlier date/time

if will not boot to command prompt then:

Restore from recovery console

boot from the XP CD. Start Windows Setup and press R to access the recovery console. Select your Windows installation, then type the administrator password – press Enter if there isn't one. Now enter the following commands:

CD C:\ CD "system volume information_resto~1" DIR

You'll see a list of restore point folders with names such as RP1, RP2 and so on. Pick the restore point you wish to use, using the folder date stamps to guide you. Enter the commands:

CD RPx (the restore point you chose) CD SNAPSHOT

This takes you into the folder containing the restore point snapshot files. Copy the Registry backups so that they overwrite the existing Registry files.

COPY Registrymachine_system C:\Windows\System32\Config\System COPY Registrymachine_software C:\Windows\System32\Config\Software COPY Registrymachine_sam C:\Windows\System32\Config\Sam COPY Registrymachine_security C:\Windows\System32\Config\Security COPY Registryuser_.default C:\Windows\System32\Config\Default

Type the command exit to close the Recovery Console and restart the PC.


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

  jerica 15:39 16 Jul 2012

lotvic, It's a dual boot. Fruitbat, thanks for the info Ill try some and see.

  jerica 11:22 17 Jul 2012

Thanks Fruitbat, worked perfectly, got XP back, hooray.

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