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You will need an XP install CD for this and also set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device.
Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above.
Press a key to force the computer to boot
from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue
to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on
your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console.
The Recovery Console
is now loading but needs to know which Windows installation to access.
Most users only have a single Windows XP installation so the choice is
usually clear. To the Which Windows installation would you like to log onto question, press 1 and then Enter.
The Recovery Console
now needs to know the administrator password for this Windows XP
installation. Unless you are using a PC in a sizable business network,
the administrator password is most likely the same password you use to
access Windows XP on a daily basis. To the Type the Administrator password request, enter the password and press Enter. Note: If you do not have a password or Windows XP normally starts without asking for one, simply press Enter.
Type fixmbr and then press Enter.
The fixmbr utility will write a master boot record to the hard drive
that you're currently using to boot into Windows XP. This will repair
any corruption or damage that the master boot record may have.
Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Assuming that a corrupt master boot record was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
You have to be carefull with the issue, once i got the same and i used these two softwares.
Active@ Partition RecoveryPartition Repair Tool (This Worked)
It is not always that you get back your ALL data, but maximum posible.
I guess there is some partition table Error, so try the second one.
If it works then Good.
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Is it possible that you have installed winxp twice? You say that you installed XP Pro sp3 was that an upgrade from xp home? if so then you will need to uninstall one or both versions of XP then install only one.. Make sure you backup any important files first though
My problems is Microsoft works. I thought when I bought this computer from Best Buy that it wasn't trial one. It keeps telling me to put the # in. I can't seem to find the # they one. I have used without the #. But it dosen't let me do everything with out it.