very strange windows xp

  wilfyboy 15:58 14 Apr 2007

hiya everyone, i have a strange problem that i hope you can help me with... i have a petium 4 pc runnings XP service pack 2, i recently tried to fix my nieces pc which wouldnt start up and was using my pc to access her HDD, being a bit more enthusiastic than competant i failed and in the proccess stopped mine from working i used my back up HDD to access mine and got it to boot up, at first i had my desktop and icons which i could navigate but the taskbar and start menu were gone i clicked every .exe i could find in the windows folder and now it lets you log on and the taskbar is back.
It will run most programs it wont print cos no printer spooler is installed, wont go online because it has no networking, system restore wont work and wont let you copy and paste unless i access from the backup, one of the users wont log on cos it says it doesnt exist even though its on the menu. it wont save my emails but it will open them and it wont preview pics but will open them in paint. it tells me that all the hardware is ok. any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. it is doing my head in!! i dont want to format the disk and copy the backup accross if i can avoid it because i will lose emails and other stuff i want as i cant move them. And before you all start shouting.... i know i should have backed up more reguarly, ive smacked my own hands :-)

  woodchip 16:06 14 Apr 2007

One bit at a time please I am confused. You say you got the Drive as you could see it by putting your backup in. Do you mean that you fitted the drive as a Slave and what is your Backup???

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:52 14 Apr 2007

DO you have a XP CD?

If so do a repair install.(option 2)

Repair XP
OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

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.

3. 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).

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

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

6. 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
click here

  wilfyboy 16:01 15 Apr 2007

thanks for your help, i tried option one without any luck. im not sure whether to try option 2 because i have got an old Dell xp re-installation CD that has a full XP SP2 OS on it but my system came pre-installed on my Packard bell. i didnt get a CD with it. it Has a Hidden Partition that is supposed to be a recovery area but i cant access it, even on the original copy thats working. i,d better explain, the original HDD was a 80gig and i upgraded to a 250gig by copying the OS onto it and kept the 80gig as a spare. do you think it will affect the outcome with it not being the original XP CD. Cheers

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:18 15 Apr 2007

i upgraded to a 250gig by copying the OS onto it

How did you do that? unless you used Acronis, Ghost or other specialist software you cannot just copy the OS over to another drive.

  Terry Brown 16:30 15 Apr 2007

If you use the Dell CD in a HP system, you will make it worse as HP & Dell drivers are different.
If you use the restore disk you created, this uses the hidden partition, but in the processes will wipe out all your files and restore it to factory settings.
As for Emails, the easiest way is to create a folder on the hard drive,leave it open and open your email client.Highlight the emails you want to save and drag them to the folder you have created, you can then copy this folder to any location you want, the same with address's. Open Email File,Export and export to CSV mode. this wil save all your contacts.
The only long term solution is to purchase a new XP CD.

  wilfyboy 00:15 16 Apr 2007

sorry i should of said i used Acronis to clone the OS onto the bigger drive, the old drive was stored incase the big one failed. i cant copy the emails as that is one of the problems im having (no cut\paste)i have copied the .DBX files (using the old drive as master and the new big one as slave) from C:\Documents and Settings\XXXXXX\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\ {XXXXXXXXXX} but dont know how i can open them

  phono 01:45 16 Apr 2007

"How did you do that? unless you used Acronis, Ghost or other specialist software you cannot just copy the OS over to another drive."

Exclude the swap file from a simple disc copy, partition and jumper the target drive appropriately and it can be done quite easily and without specialist software.

  wilfyboy 18:19 16 Apr 2007

ive solved the email problem, mainly thanks to "AJM" pointing me in the right direction via a previous post.
click here
still looking to fix the main prob though

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