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#1 cowboyken072474

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 07:07 PM

I am trying to repair install xp on a hard drive. However I do not know what service pack it is running. I have been told that I have to use a disc with the correct service pack on it to repair the installation correctly. when I hook up this drive on another computer( as a slave drive) , is there a way to figure out which service pack is on it?

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 07:48 PM

You don't need to.

If you try to do a repair install with an earlier version...it will call that to your attention...and you can just stop.

Of course, the easy way out would be to create a slipstreamed CD containing SP3...and use that for the repair.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 01:32 PM

I've got a cd with sp3 on it. Now that I try to boot to it and repair the installation I get a blue screen that says "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" Is this how it calls it to my attention or is it something else?

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 02:25 PM

The question is...do you have a CD with Microsoft Genuine XP on it...or do you have a recovery/restore CD provided by the system manufacturer?

They are not the same, although they generally have the same purpose.

System manufacturer and model?

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Edited by hamluis, 18 October 2009 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:16 PM

microsoft genuine xp. I tried again and again and got past the error I stated before. It seemed to take a long time to check for previous installations of windows. When it finally popped up I chose my drive to reinstall and then got another blue screen with a new error. I believe it was REGISTRY_ERROR. I know it said something about the registry. I hooked it up to another computer so I could scan it for viruses and spyware etc. The scans are running now.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:51 PM

Is there any chance that when I boot to the installation cd in my other computer it will recognize the damaged os from the other pc. And then I can choose that drive to repair/reinstall.??

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Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:45 AM

I repeat...recovery/restore CDs are not the same as an Microsoft XP install CD.

With a valid CD and following the correct procedures to attempt a repair install...certain system problems will prevent a repair from being an effedctive remedy to what is wrong.

Among these are RAM and hard drive problems...as well as malware.

It helps if you post the exact content of error messages, as they appear onscreen.

<<Is there any chance that when I boot to the installation cd in my other computer it will recognize the damaged os from the other pc. And then I can choose that drive to repair/reinstall.??>>

Since I know nothing about this "other system" or the "installation CD" for said system...I cannot provide a better than I have presented thus far.

What was your original reason...for attempting a repair install of XP?

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