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Attempted To Repair...now Wish I Hadn't: Bad Install


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#1 Illuminaughty

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 02:03 AM

My HP crashed after accidentally stopping a process with the mngr and wouldn't boot for anything. Wouldn't let me restore, recover, or even run in safe mode. I created the 6 bootable floppy disks from MS but they froze up 1/2 way thru # 5. So I acquired another copy of XP (my original cd long gone) and attempted a repair - well, I couldn't get that to happen, so I let it fully install.

Now I've got a fresh version alright, but I can't use half of my programs and almost all of my files are "hidden" in sub-folders and most of THOse are now empty.

I was able to salvage quite a bit of extremely valuable info though (that is, it is THERE) I just can't access it. Word doesn't work, nor do the other MsOffice Tools (picture view, etc).

I guess what I want to know is:

Is there any way to merge the current version with the previous? Can I somehow import all of that information?

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 03:59 AM

hm thats a bit of a messy situation...ill have a guess and say sorry no, you are alot better off ghosting your hdd, fresh installing and getting the data off...

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:22 AM

If you have two installs, you should have two Windows folders on the same partition. Or did you install one on a different partition?

As for accessing data files on the first install...from the second install...that's easy. You can even access personal files, all you have to do is take ownership of them from the second install.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

But you will not be able to "merge" both installs and you will not be able to move programs from one to the other. You can move favorites, WAB, etc. but no programs which are already installed.

If you go that route (moving to the second install) and you have two Windows folders...the way to get rid of the first install is to boot into the second and delete the Windows folder of the first. You should also edit the boot.ini file to reflect removal of the first.

I've done this :thumbsup: and I just chose to do a repair install of XP because I wanted to make sure that the boot files were in proper order. It was overkill on my part, but I was comfortable with doing that, took all of about 35 minutes.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 10:54 AM

Have you installed the drivers for your devices (after installing XP)? If not, then you'll find all sorts of strange issues. Check Device Manager (Start...Run...type in "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter). Look for any red x's or yellow !'s to point out the drivers that need to be installed.
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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:20 AM

Sorry guys, I was busy with the clean up...

Louis, as usual, you are right on the $ with your advice. I had recently been experimenting with multiple new drives (second hdd, second dvd+wr, flppy, ect.) damn expansion bay...looks like I overdid it.

Anywho, I'm now off to try to take ownership (although I've already cleaned most of the mess) or at least check out my options.

Almost ALL of my drivers made it though the ordeal, thanx Usie, ran Driver Genius just to be safe...

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:46 AM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

The forums allow us users to help other users (and be helped) and it's always easy when I run into something I experienced.

Happy computing!

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