XP Repair Install

  Taff™ 11:30 14 Dec 2007

Having a bad day! XP Pro on a laptop and attempting a repair installation (Not Recovery Console) but the existing XP installation on the only partition isn`t being recognised so I don`t actually get the repair option.

I`ve tried the method described by Michael Stevens click here but when I get to the part

"(two other files needed - just in case)
1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini
2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild"

It fails - possibly an error in the commands? I`ve done this successfully before with similar instuctions but can`t seem to find them. If I remember rightly they were slightly longer. Anyone help here?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:46 14 Dec 2007

Repair XP
click here

Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.

1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.

2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.

3. Type bootcfg.

4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP OS install.

5. Try the repair install.

One more suggestion from MVP Alex Nichol

"Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option and if the CD letter is say K: give these commands

copy K:\i386\ntldr C:\
copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\

(two other files needed - just in case)

1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini

2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for systems and make a new one. This might even result in a damaged windows reappearing; but gives another chance of getting at the repair"

HAve you had alook At click here

or try the emergency boot floppy

First format a Floppy disc

Run type
Format A: /u

Then open Notepad and copy and Paste this

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"

Save as

in Notepad as BOOT.INI

Then in search find


Add these to the floppy disc

you can now try starting your computer with the floppy disc

  Taff™ 13:14 14 Dec 2007

First suggestion has been attempted but as I said failed. I`ll have a go at the last one. Thanks.

  Taff™ 14:05 14 Dec 2007

Booting from the floppy gave the error "Invalid boot.ini file" Any thoughts?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:27 14 Dec 2007

1. Boot the Recovery Console from the Windows XP installation CD.

2. When you're at the Recovery Console command prompt, change into the root directory of the system drive with the cd command (i.e., cd \).

3. Change into the System Volume Information directory by typing cd system~1 on most machines, or cd "System Volume Information."

(The filenames with ~1 are generated by default to provide backwards compatibility with programs that only recognize 8.3-format filenames. It's possible to disable 8.3 filename generation on NTFS volumes to gain some speed, but the speed gained by doing this is generally pretty small and it can have the unintended consequence of making it impossible to use 8.3 filenames in contexts like this. If you can't use 8.3 filenames to navigate, 8.3 name generation might be disabled. See Microsoft's support document called How to Disable the 8.3 Name Creation on NTFS Partitions.

4. The System Volume Information directory contains a folder name _restore followed by a GUID in curly braces. Change into it by typing cd _resto~1; if that doesn't work you'll have to type cd "_restore{GUID_STRING}", with the full GUID string in place of GUID_STRING.

5. In the _restore directory are a group of subdirectories starting with the letters RP and followed by a number. These are the different restore points available for that volume.

6. Check the date on each directory and look for one that corresponds to a date before you began experiencing problems.

7. Change into the appropriate directory. If the directory is named RP74, for instance, change into it by typing RP74.

8. Inside that directory will be a subdirectory named snapshot; change into that directory as well (cd snapshot)

9. The snapshot directory holds backup copies of the SOFTWARE and SYSTEM Registry hives, named _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE and _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM, respectively.

10. The target directory for these files is \Windows\System32\Config, and the hives there are named SOFTWARE and SYSTEM. Rather than overwrite those files entirely, you can rename them to something else. Typing ren \windows\system32\config\software \windows\system32\config\software.bak and ren \windows\system32\config\system \windows\system32\config\system.bak will rename them to software.bak and system.bak, respectively.

11. Copy in the backup hives: copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE \windows\system32\config\software and copy _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM \windows\system32\config\system.

  Taff™ 16:37 14 Dec 2007

I`ll get back to you! Thanks again. Will you be around over the weekend?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:54 14 Dec 2007

Off and on,

been confined to non physical activities for the next couple of weeks after spending late Saturday Night /Sunday in hospital.

Been bored out my mind all week, the forum is the only thing keping me sane :0)

  Taff™ 11:54 16 Dec 2007

Morning Fruit Bat /\0/\ Sorry I wasn`t around yesterday, trying to control 30 blokes and an oval ball!

That seems to have worked a treat. Brought back memories of DOS 6 and the like but got there in the end. (When I realised that I needed to include the quotation marks!) Your help much appreciated - hope you are on the mend.

One problem. I want to re-edit the boot.ini file and in Windows Explorer under Tools>Folder Options the View tab has disappeared. This is whilst logged in as a computer administrator. Any suggestions?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:35 16 Dec 2007

Was hooker for the school team a long time ago, couldn't run the length of the pitch nowadays with out getting out of breath. :0)

ee if this section is there in the registry...


This is where the settings are for showing hidden files and folders,
enabling balloon tips etc etc, mine (running XP SP2) looks like this...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


  Taff™ 13:09 16 Dec 2007

Mine has:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Which makes me think I need to change some dwords and I`m guessing - do you know which one`s to save me the trial and error?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:38 16 Dec 2007

click here
see line 368

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