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Reformat????????? I put my windows xp cd into my drive and made sure my computer was booting from cd. I went through a process of repairing. I ended up with the same old black screen that says to type a password. Now it's even worse I can't even type anything. I think my keyboard isn't working. Should I go through the process again and do something else besides repair? Help????

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Whenever I install I prefer to do a fresh install and not select repair. I find I am much happier in the long run, unless of course there is data on the drive you are trying to save and then I will try to use repair get the data I need and then do a fresh install.

You can try repair again and if it happens again then I would suggest selecting to format it, do a fresh install, however your installation disc prompts.

If you need the information on the computer and know how to use DOS you can create a boot cd and use a flash/usb/thumb drive to copy the data you want to save. I you need to do this let me know and I will tell you what you need to do.

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If you want to try yourself following the instructions, let me give you few links, but it's not a simple and short process, and I won't take the risk if you fail (this is why I'd mentioned that it's a job to be done by a pro). Here are few links from BlackViper.com regarding Installing Windows. Follow the link/s and follow the instructions, there might be several pages, so make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page/s and click "Next Page" if you are done with the first/previous page. Before you begin, please read the full tutorial/s so that you will know what exactly you're going to do with your computer. If you can still boot up your computer, make sure all the files are moved from C drive to another partition or I would recommend backing up your computer's files.
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Do you have the recovery discs that originally came with the computer? If you do, I would use these to reformat the hard drive and reinstall windows. This would be the fastest option.

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