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How to: XP repair installation on partitioned HD


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#1 PleaseHelpMeNJ

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:51 PM

I've searched on "How To's" to do this. However, all of them (example) are like this:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...xprepair1_5.htm

I get to step 5 (in the above example), but the next screen/page is different than mine. What I get is a screen that shows 3 partitions on my HD:

-: Partition 1 [FAT] 71 MB (62 free)
C: Partition 2 [NTFS] 71336 MB (25802 free)
E: Partition 3 [FATS32] 4910 MB (452 free)

Might sound stupid, but which one is my XP os on, and/or which one should I select? I can tell you that I went as far as the next step by selecting drive C, (as that's the one I presume I'm attempting to repair). But again,....even the next screen I get is different from the screen on STEP 7 of the example above. What it seems to me, at this point, it's like it wants to do a clean/new install of XP at this point. That's NOT what I want to do. I have wayyyy too much valuable information/programs/photos/etc. to wipe it out and start over.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:58 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Do you have a Microsoft XP install CD...or are you trying this with manufacturer-supplied restore/recovery CDs?

Have you read/followed the manufacturer's precribed procedures for repaing/reinstalling?

The procedures you referenced in your link...are written for those who have a Microsoft XP install CD, not recovery/restore disks.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:22 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Do you have a Microsoft XP install CD...or are you trying this with manufacturer-supplied restore/recovery CDs?

Have you read/followed the manufacturer's precribed procedures for repaing/reinstalling?

The procedures you referenced in your link...are written for those who have a Microsoft XP install CD, not recovery/restore disks.

Louis


Firstly, thanks for the reply/assistance Louis.

The computer is a Dell Inspiron 1501. The cd I'm using is a Dell "Reinstalltion CD" (XP Home Edition w/ SP 2)

I do realize that the reinstall directions I referenced are that of actual XP install CD, but the steps/directions/licensing agreement up until that one point were literally the same. As far as following the manufacturers directions, I haven't seen any and/or don't have any.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:52 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...e.htm#wp1064105

Worth reading the entire thing...scroll down to Restore Your Operating System for specific data on using repair techniques with those disks.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:10 AM

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...e.htm#wp1064105

Worth reading the entire thing...scroll down to Restore Your Operating System for specific data on using repair techniques with those disks.

Louis

Thanks Louis. Unfortunately, I cannot do a System Restore/Rollback. I think that has to do with some virus I picked up along the way? As well, I don't want to do a clean install of XP, as I'll lose all the work/programs on the HD. I'm attempting a suggestion that someone made on another forum. I'll keep you posted as to how that goes. Thanks again




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