XP corrupted can i use Linux/Ubuntu to get the files off it?

  Autoschediastic 12:33 29 Jun 2011

HIya guys a pc ive got here has been running on XP but the OS is now well corrupted and i cant get to the desktop? (Wont load SAFE MODE) i must backup the files and unfortunately i was given the pc in this state so i am now left to back the files up, can i use Linux or Ubuntu to run as a backup os and retrive the files from the drive like PDF's and other files needed?

Thanks guys

  HondaMan 12:45 29 Jun 2011

You could try the good old DoS commands

  HondaMan 12:45 29 Jun 2011

You could try the good old DoS commands

  HondaMan 12:46 29 Jun 2011

Soirry about the double post

  Autoschediastic 12:46 29 Jun 2011

Hondaman ty! how do i do that? im not overly familiar with the commands? cheers

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:07 29 Jun 2011


Use a live Linux CD to access the drive and coy the files to a USB stick.

To repair XP without losing Data :-

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 http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

  Autoschediastic 13:14 29 Jun 2011

Fruit Bat Thankyou my friend! yet again im in debt to you! I'l try it in an hour..

  Autoschediastic 18:56 29 Jun 2011

Fruit Bat done this but there is no "recovery console" or the "R" option! there is only:

  • to setup XP on a selected item press enter
  • to create a partition in the unpartitioned space press C
  • to delete the selected partion press D

These are the only options.? it boots from the disc ok? Cheers for that!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:16 29 Jun 2011

Should be the screen before that.

Got another machine with XP on it?

  Autoschediastic 19:47 29 Jun 2011

Fruit bat ive made a 3 minute video to show u what i get from boot, thanks for your time!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:42 29 Jun 2011

You should have had page 4 and 5 http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxpclean1_4.htm

Is the machine XP home and your trying to repair with a XP Pro CD?

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