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Restart 'set up' loop winXP


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#1 Myrdda

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:18 PM

I reformatted and reinstalled windows XP Home. I finally got my internet working (obviously) by doing a repair - all fine and good. My first problem is: every time I restart my computer, I have to set monitor settings, and then I'm shown to the 'Welcome to Microsoft Windows' screen and I have to do the initial set up over and over again (entering profile name, etc. It's for the initial installation) I'm really really really tired of doing this. Really. It did this both before and after the repair; systems restore makes no difference. Any suggestions?

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:51 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

You say two contradictory things...you say that you reformatted...and then later you say that you did a repair install. Am I misunderstanding what you typed?

What did you use to reformat/reinstall?

Recovery partition...MS XP CD...restore/recovery disks furnished by system maker, etc.?

Did you delete all previous existing partitions and install anew...or did you install over an existing XP install because you wanted to save files?

System manufacturer and model, please?

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 08:00 PM

Okay - I have a cobbled together intel Duo (two of them? that's what it looks like). I had win xp upgraded over win 98. Two days ago I reformatted and reinstalled win xp. Today I repaired it with the original xp disk. I didn't do any partitioning - just installed with the MC XP CD, and then used the same to repair it. I wiped it clean the first time, didn't save any files.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 08:16 PM

Thanks for the info.

You say MC XP...do you mean Media Center Edition and, if so, 2002 or 2005 version?

I guess that I wasn't aware of a MS upgrade version of MCE that could be used to go from Win 98 to MCE.

I would run a disk diagnostic on the hard drive you installed XP on (available at the hard drive manufacturer's website). If the drive checks out OK, I would just do another clean install. If the drive has problems, I would just get another drive to install my O/S on.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

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