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XP Repair (non deleting) hangs at 2-minutes / saving settings

I recently had a problem with my PC. XP pro kept rebooting by itself. The system has ben working fine for 12 months. I tried to repair by non deleting as I did not want to lose my HD data. This led to other problems but also the root of the problem - faulty mem chip. I have since installed another drive fully installed XP pro with out problems. However I now wish to return to my original HD. This I did but when I tried to clean it up by repairing XP it now hangs at the 2 minutes / saving settings. ANy reboots force it back to reinstall by telling me to place XP cd back into drive only to start the whole process again

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  • crankyfj Jan 09, 2009

    I was running an antivrus (AVG) before the incident and it showed nothing, not that that is reliable. Any idea what the virus is and or how to detect it? what files to look for etc.

    I can not get in safe mode because it is stuck in repair/install mode no matter what I do - simply. However if I decline the repair at this point I do get the error log saying it can not write in registry the flash(9).ocx etc. Also if I go into Recovery even though the Admin password works I can not access certain folders due to lack of access permission. Do you still think it virus???

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You have a very bad virus, try to re-install windows, or go to safe mode if you can open in safe mode and then click start and run and type msconfig and then go to startup tab from up and clear everything and reboot it

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

  • 1maddox1 Feb 04, 2011

    Yes I have the exact same problem.

    e1313e, if you had read the original post, you'd know that Windows will not complete the installation, so obviously booting Windows into safe mode isn't a valid option, nor are any of the other solutions that you offered.

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