Trying to repair/reinstall XP

  tankgirlsmum 17:32 08 Sep 2004

Had an OEM version running and The Sims Deluxe broke it (apparently)- that was when the first bsod appeared anyhow and the error windows\system32\config\system appeared at the next attempted boot. Have been through the repair procedure of trying to copy/delete files in the recovery console - no joy as it insists that files either cannot be found/copied.
I'm using an XP set-up disk from another pc, as this one didn't come with one and of course I didn't back-up before the crash (yes, I know....).
Have followed through to re-installation screen and selected parition where original OS is,- C (HDD) NFTS but am then told that I shouldn't be installing multiple operating systems. Am reluctant to go further as I was hoping it would just recognise another version of XP and kind of keep data on the HDD.....
Don't know why but I've also tried to establish a DCC with the poorly pc, but get the error that the modem is disabled (which it was, as it was using the external cable modem.
Is all lost do you think?
Is there any way I could enable the modem via the revovery console? And thereby access the lost data?
Will I have to reformat the HDD and perform a clean install?
Sorry this is so long and would really welcome your advice.

  VoG II 17:36 08 Sep 2004

Presumably you have set it up to boot from the CD. If not, you need to enter the BIOS. This normally means pressing a key, or combination of keys, immediately after switch-on. A message to this effect usually flashes up on the screen when you switch on, such as "To enter setup press Del". Other common BIOS codes are listed at click here.

When the BIOS screen appears you will see a set of menu options. Look for one labelled Boot or Startup and select the item Boot Order, or First Boot; this will be set to HD0, HD1 or the serial number of your hard disc drive.

Change the setting to read CD, CD-Rom or the serial number of your CD/DVD-Rom drive, Save the Change and Exit the BIOS.

Open the CD-Rom drive, insert your XP disk and restart your computer.

You will now see a screen message saying "Press any key to boot from CD", press the spacebar and a message appears informing you that "Set-up is inspecting your hardware configuration". This will be replaced by a blue screen, press Enter and you should see a "Welcome to Setup" menu, press Esc to continue; important, do not press R for Repair as this will start the Recovery Console.

The Windows Licence Agreement will now be displayed. Press F8 to signify acceptance and the next screen will list your operating system (usually just Windows XP). Select it and proceed to the next screen, which will have the option To Repair the Selected Windows installation press R. Hit the R key and the installation begins.

Windows Set-up will now go through what looks like a normal installation routine so be ready to respond to the prompts. When Set-up has finished, after a couple of restarts you should see your original desktop with all your shortcuts applications and programs.

You will need to go to the Windows Update site to get all of the critical patches.

  tankgirlsmum 17:54 08 Sep 2004

Thanks VoG - but yes, I've changed the boot order.
Also when I get past the agreement screen I'm offered the choice of which partition to use.
Partition 1 <inactive <OS2 Boot Man (849 MB free)
" 2 <HDD> [NFTS] (13468 MB free)
Unpartioned space 8MB

No mention of XP or Repair function - only options shown are Enter = Install; D = Delete; F3 = Quit.

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