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How Can I Repair/Reinstall XP Home Without CD?


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#1 JJ2K

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:39 PM

Hi,

I have a problem whereby I cannot access safe mode or normal windows and can only access the Recovery Console.

I have run CHKDSK but this did not help.

My only solution is probably to repair or reinstall XP, but my p.c was bought from a shop therefore i was not provided with the CD. What can I do about this?
My p.c is a packard bell nec, 512mb ram.

What can I do?

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:58 PM

From my knowledge, it is get a Windows XP Disk.

I'm not sure what the Recovery Console does, since I have never gotten any sort of experience on that. Perhaps elaborate a little bit on the function of it?
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 06:19 PM

Try this link

http://webcast.broadcastnewsroom.com/artic...cle.jsp?id=8658

if you follow the instructions you should be able to get up and running again if you have any valid system restore points

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 07:37 PM

The link given doesn't work, but i think i've already tried it if it refers to copying software system and sam files from system volume information folder to system 32

I think my only way now is to do a repair install or re-install

But I have no CD as it was not given, so what does one do in this situation?

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 07:47 PM

No, he means return to previous points using System Restore.

This is what you do:

1. Press Start
2. Go to all programs.
3. Go to accessories
4. Go to System Tools
5. Press System Restore
6. Press "Return to a previous point"
7. Choose a point. I'd suggest going back a few months.
8. Restart Computer.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 07:32 AM

But this is the problem I cannot get onto my computer, not via safe mode or normal mode.

The only thing I can access is the recovery console which is selected when the computer first boots up.

I hear I can use a friends disk to do a repair install but not a fresh install?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:55 AM

You should be able to use a friends CD to do a repair installation, but it has to be the same version, Home or Pro. Note: The system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:57 AM

I'm not sure what the Recovery Console does, since I have never gotten any sort of experience on that. Perhaps elaborate a little bit on the function of it?


Google is your friend. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:10 PM

Thanks dc3, would a factory restore be possible, if I do this does this mean I will not need the CD? As when I got the computer XP was already on there as far as i can rememeber.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:51 PM

System manufacturer and model?

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:55 PM

I'm not sure what the Recovery Console does, since I have never gotten any sort of experience on that. Perhaps elaborate a little bit on the function of it?


Google is your friend. :thumbsup:


Oooohh.. It's one of those... "restoring" your computer things. I never liked those. CD's > Console ^^
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:11 PM

It says Packard Bell NEC, it's 512MB ram, and was running on Windows XP Home SP3.
I'll have to find the model number out.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:36 PM

If we have the model number, we can try to look up data on capabilities for recovery/restore/repair, etc. All of that should be in the owner's manual or technical manual.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:45 PM

It says Packard Bell NEC, it's 512MB ram, and was running on Windows XP Home SP3.
I'll have to find the model number out.


It's probably on the side of your computer, or near the OEM label.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:02 PM

It says on the label, attached to the tower:

Model/Type: UTOW - SUN

it's a pentium 4 also, and has a stciker optimized for windows XP.
On the label it also gives:
MS WHOL No
S/N
PID
PIN/PB

If you need these i can give you them but i left them out as i believe they may be unique to the P.C in question.

I have just also found, when I enter the recovery console, it says which windows installation would you like to enter:
1. J:/MININT
2. C:/WINDOWS

I decided to check out what number 1 was and it states it is a BACKUP,(whereas it states C:\ is a HDD) and also seems to contain some sort of default files like system32 files, fonts and boot files, I can give you more information on what is inside here if needed. I do not have another drive so unsure why this is showing up, but may help in a reinstall.




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