Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
So--you've tried everything else and you still can't get XP up and running? Time to do a system reinstall.
If you have a recovery disk (or set) provided by the manufacturer or if you remembered to make one when you got the computer, put the first disk in the CD/DVD drive, boot from it, and then follow the prompts. The program will most likely format the hard drive and restore your computer to its original (factory) condition. Bad for you if you have not backed up your data.
When I have the opportunity, I would much rather use a Windows disk (same flavor of Windows on your machine) to install a fresh copy of the operating system. You would boot from this disk in the same manner as I described in the first two tips. This time, though, you will not choose "repair" but will proceed with the installation of a fresh copy of Windows. When prompted, I would recommend leaving the file system intact (that is, not reformat the hard drive) if you have data that you really don't want to lose. In the end, you will have two installations of Windows that you will be able to see in Windows Explorer, but only one will be functional. Your data will usually be intact. You will have to reinstall all your programs, though. All the files will be there, but no programs will work until you reinstall them.
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