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Crashed Widows XP on my sahara laptop

I tried to upgrade Winxp 2003 to laptop froze during the process. I switched the laptop off-then back on. Windows are not loading now.There'es this message." corrupt or missing system file \windows\system32\config\system Insert original windows CD to retrieve this file.Press "r" at the first screen. The problem is the laptop came pre-loaded with Win XP and I only have the original Win Vista upgrade cd.I tried the "r"retrieval,but the Vista upgrade cd is probably not a Dos compatable cd. i tried restarting-pressed F8-most recent settings that worked,also safe mode,basically everything faild Please advise thanks Thomas

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Re: Crashed Widows XP on my sahara laptop

If you have this problem but dont want to format the drive (HardDisk) Set the device boot priority so that the cd rom is first to boot usualy press the f1 or f2 key rapidly as soon as you fire up the system ive also known it to be f8 on a safe mode page after you have figured it out insert the windows software cd and restart the system it will instruct you to press any key to boot from cd it might be different on you pc i know on dell it boots otomaticly i run a compaq and have to press any key once the cd boots and you get to the selection screen there should be a choice to set up windows (Version)(example xp vista) or (R-repair) you need repair so press r and hit enter after a few soconds a screen should appear (Black) it will have a bunch of writing press the number of the operating system you are trying to repaire exm.1234 and hit enter then it will ask your administrater password note if the pasword you use to log onto windows doesent work just hit enter with the section blank after a few seconds it should say somthing like C:/ enter CHKDSK /R and hit enter this will take a while but after about an hour it will finish and instruct you to restart remove the cd and restart your system what you have just done was rewrote all the start up files needed to run your copy of windows if you copy was already activated you do not need to redo this step just start the system and enjoy if this does not work post a new message and give a little detail on why and i will instruct you on a new method thanx

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Re: Crashed Widows XP on my sahara laptop

It sounds as if you the system as you say has failed, you can use a friends copy of XP but use your product key number on the underside of your laptop. Secondly, the vista CD may be an upgrade cd but you will probably find that it will do a complete install as they are normally the same cd, just set your cd drive as first boot device and then run the cd,select new installation and not upgrade; i have an upgrade Vista cd but installed a full operating system on another partition, therefore it wasnt an upgrade but it still worked.

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