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Can you do a repair install of Windows XP Pro from a laptop partition?


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#1 AHoerner

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:27 PM

Hi folks!

 

I have a Compaq 6910p with MS-Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 3. I have some reason to suspect that minor parts of the OS - mainly support systems for Internet Explorer, but also parts of the software update mechanism - have been damaged. This computer did not come with Windows disks. Back-up of the OS is supposedly on a separate partition, drive D:.  Can I do a repair install from this? If so, can someone give me or point me toward instructions for doing so? Thanks!

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:50 PM

HP documentation, http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/archives_North_America/12699_na_v1/12699_na.HTML .

 

No such thing as a repair install on HP systems...recovery mechanism reverts to system as procured new.

 

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

Dear Louis--

You write:

HP documentation, http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/archives_North_America/12699_na_v1/12699_na.HTML .

No such thing as a repair install on HP systems...recovery mechanism reverts to system as procured new.

 

Louis

 

Does that mean I can not do it even with the disks, or just that I can not do it using the supplied partition?

 

Warmest regards,

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:14 AM

Hello AHoerner,

I think the answer is that you cannot use a recovery partition, which is what your computer has, to repair the OS installation. You would need discs in order to repair the installation. The trick would be acquiring such discs. The same is true on my Dell computer. However, in addition to the recovery partition on my computer, I also received reinstallation discs so I have the option of repairing the OS with those discs.

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