I am trying to do a repair XP installation which I have done several times before but for some reason it won't let me. I am going through this process: Reboot with XP CD to the Welcome to XP screen Press enter to set up XP F8 to accept agreement This is when it seems to go wrong as it then comes up with a list of partitions and asks which one to use. I select my C Drive and it warns me that there is already an os installed.
I don't seem to be getting an option to 'R'to repair and am frightened of ending up with XP installed twice on the same drive. Can anyone throw any light?
spikeychris I read the thread and I have to say I read War and Peace quicker! The part I still can't understand is I am not getting the option to R at the point where I have to decide on a repair or clean install. The only difference between this and previous times is that I partitioned the hard drive into four at the last reinstall. Could this be connected at all?
Only ever come across this once before and the only option was to re-install and the repair option returned.
So you might at some point have to re-install XP and your apps. If you are careful to "take ownership" of and rename your old account profile folders, you can re-create your accounts and copy your old account files over to your new accounts and recover your files AND your XP and app settings.
Here's the procedure for re-installing so that you can recover your old settings:
1) re-install XP
2) logon as Administrator and take ownership of all old user profile folders in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>
3) rename the folders (ie C:\Documents and Settings\yourname becomes \yourname.old
4) create your new account, give it admin priv, and logon to the yourname account so that XP will create the new user profile for YN with the defaults from Default User
5) logoff and logon to Administrator
6) copy ntuser.dat and all your files and folders from yourname.old to yourname
7) re-install all your apps back into Program Files
Now you have your old settings back and the user profile is the same path as you had before.
spikeychris I will try your suggestion but I will leave it until I feel a bit less tired I think (been up since 5am!) I have one more option as the problem I am trying to resolve is the dreaded system registry hive corruption more commonly seen as: 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows\System32\Config\System
I seem to be plagued by this every few months and I have once succeeded to recover from it without having to reinstall. I might try this although it is a bit long-winded before trying your excellent suggestion. Many thanks to you and Powerless. I will update when I have tried either or both options