I have a licensed OEM version of this OS which was installed in 2009. Since then, I have lost the original CD and was given a burned copy by my computer builder. That copy I still have. In the years I've owned this computer, I've done a couple of non-destructive re-installs through the years, but I'm now afraid to do them for fear I will lose all the security updates and fixes that Microsoft has installed over the time that it supported XP; I'm not sure they still make them available to XP license holders.
The problem is that my XP Pro, SP3 has unregistered some very important administrative tools. I should have MMC 3.0, and it shows in the registry with lots of Snap-Ins and Nodes; but when I go to MMC.exe, it says the Root is empty.
More concerning right now is that my services show that I have Logical Disk Management started as well as Logical Disk Management Administrative Services. Yet when I try and use LDM to recognize a new HD, I am told that "LDM is not registered to this computer. It is available in Windows 2000 or later." AFAIK, LDM is a part of MMC 3.0, although it also seems to be called MCC in my computer. I can see diskmgmt.msc in Windows/system 32, but when I try to run it from Windows Explorer, I still get the "not registered" message.
I have downloaded the txt file that is diskmgmt.msc and it references Microsoft Console both at the beginning and the end. LDM is a Snap-In of the MMC (or MCC) Console. So it would seem that it will not run without the Console.
I have checked mmc.exe in a very short search of the registry and in HK_Classes_Root, its entries are shown as "(default) REG SZ (no value set)", so to me that means that it has lost its registration.
There is a full version of MMC 3.0 available for XP, SP2 for download on Microsoft's website . I have downloaded it but not tried to install on my XP, SP3. I can do so if that is recommended.
Also, I have the Windows Recovery Console on the disk that I was given, but it has not been installed on a permanent HD. Should I do that, and, if so, how?
The reason I am going through all this is that my C Drive is failing, and I have purchased a replacement that cannot be recognized, formatted, or partitioned without a functional LDM, AFAIK.
I have to tell you that I am delighted to have found this place where problems with XP Pro, SP3 can be discussed and perhaps solved.
I have to tell you that I am not an IT person and I have forgotten most of what I learned from DOS and the various versions of Windows prior to XP and the registry--at least, I don't recall a registry in Win98. I've been terrified to muck around in the registry in XP.
Edited by vineyridge, 18 June 2017 - 07:48 PM.