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Corrput Windows Reinstall.


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#1 Da Salmon

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 05:28 AM

I needed to reset a password using the old SHIFT+10 trick on an old laptop computer(which was running XP Home Edition.) It worked, but I realized I was installed Home Edition Upgrade, and accidently had the wrong disk. I did not have an activation code for this disc. I attempted to put Windows XP Professional on it, because I actually had the activation code for that one. Now I am getting an error:

"The critical system information file C:\WINDOWS\System32\$winnt$.inf is corrupt or missing"

No matter what I do it always get stuck, because of this error.

What do I need to do so I can get windows on it, and back to my laptop?

(Note: it still thinks I am installing Home Edition Upgrade)

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 05:52 AM

Is your XP Pro disk a full install? If so just reformat the drive.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 05:56 AM

I wouldn't mind keeping all my information, but I may have no other choice...

Edit: actually it just goes back to setup, and I cannot even format it from here.

Edited by Da Salmon, 14 September 2008 - 06:03 AM.


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Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:07 AM

Delete everything...do a clean install/new partition/format.

You can do a clean install from an upgrade, OEM, or retail version of XP...as long as you have a valid license. Without a valid license...you need to think about acquiring one.

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