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Xp Home Reinstall 39 Minute Hang


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#1 arm69

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:16 PM

I am trying to not lose any data or programs on my laptop. Had some problems so I went to repair my XP Home. But it gets stuck in preparing installation part @ 39 minutes. How do I get around this with out having to re-format and install new OS??
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:24 PM

I have several questions:

So, does your laptop boot now?

Why were you doing a repair install in the first place? What I mean is, what problems were you having?

What happens when it hangs? Any blue screen with stop message? Or any error messages?

Is your install cd original or a copy, and is it perfectly clean?

Have you had any problems with your CD drive before?
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:45 PM

I am working on a friends laptop. It was loaded with spyware. I did a complete clean but for some reason I lost the task bar. Couldn't get it back and was having problems getting onto the internet with high speed. So I thought I would do a repair install. I am using the original cd and I do not get any blue screen. I did shut it down after an hour and windows did say it was going to finish the repair where left off. Still running at 39 minutes. Hope you can assist and thanks for the quick response. I did read somewhere to do a ctrl & Shift but that just brings me to a command prompt and then I am lost. I just shut it down and rebooted not from the cd. It is back to the "39 minutes in Preparing Installation" mode

Edited by arm69, 11 March 2006 - 09:49 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2006 - 10:51 PM

If you have access to another cd try that first. If not try cleaning the cd and attempt to repair install again. If you have the hard drive space you can also copy the contents of the cd to the hard drive and install from there. Good luck
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 11:09 PM

This is the restore disk that I just took out of the holder. Never been used??

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 08:34 AM

So many things can cause this. More questions:

Have you ever had problems with the CD player before?

Can you boot into safe mode by tapping the F8 key at bootup and selecting "Safe Mode"?

I wonder what would happen if you started the entire repair process over again, i.e. let the computer boot from the cd - etc.

Does this article make any sense to you: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=282195
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Posted 12 March 2006 - 01:24 PM

I tried to boot in safe mode but could not continue. And no I have not had any problems with the CD. It was suggested to re-set the bois to default??? And I have tried to restart the computer with the CD to try to by-pass. It still hangs at 39min.

Edited by arm69, 12 March 2006 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted 12 March 2006 - 07:44 PM

Oftentimes repairing spyware will break Windows - and I've found that often even a repair install won't fix it.

I'd recommend using a live Linux CD or a DOS boot disk with NTFS reader to save all the important data. Unfortunately this won't save the programs.

You may end up spending weeks on this and still not getting it to work - I'd suggest having your friend bite the bullet and go ahead with a clean install after saving all the data.
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Posted 12 March 2006 - 09:56 PM

:thumbsup: That's exactly what I did. I pulled the HD out into a portible drive holder and backed up the important data. Reinstalling a fresh copy of XP Pro now. Thanks. Oh BTW Bill Gates KMA!
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Posted 13 March 2006 - 02:45 AM

Don't you love when people allow their computer to become infested with malware which destroys the op system and then blame Bill Gates!

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:10 AM

Yeah I dont think its really Bill's fault...he doesn't really do much around the office these days does he?....he he he..
BTW, does copying the install CD contents to hard drive make it quicker to repair when the need arises? and is there a particular command that needs to be run to make a complete copy to hard drive incl all hidden files...or is copying the install CD like a last resort?

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 04:23 PM

No he doesn't he's too busy counting his money :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 06:50 PM

does copying the install CD contents to hard drive make it quicker to repair when the need arises?


I've never heard of doing this with XP. Copying the CAB files in 98 worked, but I don't think XP works that way. When XP installs, it copies the files it needs to the hard drive.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 09:55 PM

XP can be istalled or repair-installed by copying the I386 directory from the XP disc onto your hard drive. The location can be on any partition. Then, run the program USETUP.EXE. The catch is that the system must be running in pure DOS such as from a Windows 98 boot diskette. Some computer manufacturers create a special partition with this I386 directory in it and supply a boot floppy diskette or a program for creating a boot diskette in order for the user to perform an install or repair install.

Boot diskette creation programs can be found here.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:42 PM

Yeah I dont think its really Bill's fault...he doesn't really do much around the office these days does he?....he he he..
BTW, does copying the install CD contents to hard drive make it quicker to repair when the need arises? and is there a particular command that needs to be run to make a complete copy to hard drive incl all hidden files...or is copying the install CD like a last resort?


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