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Re: XP installation problem
Hi, if you think the hard disk is okay, then the culprit is your memory... trust me on this... I have experienced it a lot of times in our repair shop. When installation is done then return back the memory.
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Instead of installing Windows XP every time, you can just restore your boot sector in the Windows XP Recovery Console. Here's how to get to the Recovery Console:
1. Put your Windows XP CD into your computer. Restart your computer and boot into the CD (a message should display "Press Any Key to Boot" or something similar). If you cannot boot into the CD, you will need to adjust your BIOS setting to use the CD drive as the first boot priority.
2. After the CD is finished loading, press "R" to go into the Recovery Console.
3. When prompted, enter the administrator password. If there's no password, just hit enter
4. Then enter "fixboot [drive]" (without quotations) where [drive] is the hard drive Windows XP is installed.
For example: fixboot c:
5. Type "exit" and Enter to escape the Recovery Console and restart your computer
An 0146 message may not be a "death knell" like an 0142 would be. It can mean there are bad sectors of the drive that can be repaired by CheckDisk, which in a DOS command window is typed as CHKDSK. If you have your XP recovery Disk or retail disk, you can boot off the disk and act like you're re-installing Windows. After the brief Setup period you'll stop at a window that gives you an option to repair by pressing the R key.
After pressing the R key, a command prompt will appear. Type in HELP and hit the enter key. Then continue to hit the enter key a few more times until you reach a blinking cursor where you can type a command. At that point, type in CHKDSK and hit the enter key. It's entirely possible CheckDisk will go find the bad sectors on the hard drive, repair them and allow you to reboot into Windows normally.
There are other options but those are considered to be for "advanced users". Basically an advanced user is someone who would already know what the next steps would be and how to perform them. If what I suggested for you above isn't possible, find an "advanced user" friend before you completely give up on your data.
Finally, failing that, you would have to use an XP install disk to re-install windows and you must reformat using the regular 'slow" NTFS selection. The "quick" reformat will not repair bad drive sectors.
Real easy. Start computer and press F1 or what ever you do to get into the BIOS. When the BIOS screen appears find boot options. Enter it and select cd or DVD sequence to boot first. Before you leave the BIOS make sure you save the BIOS. When the computer starts up and this time it will passes the BIOS setup, a prompt on the screen will display a message press any key to boot from cd or DVD. Of course when that message appears you want to hit at least one key on the keyboard. Next, it should say loading windows and a blue screen will appear. When things stop it will prompt you to press enter to install xp and then F8 to promise your doing things right. Now comes where it says do you want a new partition and next, shows the memory available. Here's where you to delete if there's a partition already there or create one. I think you press c to create and press enter. Next it will ask if you want to install a fresh copy xp. enter yes. From here on out, you shouldn't have to do anything for at least 45min. It will turn it self off and on and eventually start having you answer question to set-up xp account.
insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
Hi, you have nothing to type there. You mean you have chosen the 1st section that opens recovery console,right? not that one. You should see the Terms of Agreement in your WinXP cd first, press F8. A section containing to install a Windows XP appears, Press Enter. Then that's the time it will search for your previous Win xp installation. In will then let you choose whether you will install a fresh copy of WinXP OR to Repair it. Choose the Repair. It will automatically repairs and format your Harddisk without deleting your files in it. IF there's no Option to repair it, that's the time you will have to go to Recovery Console.
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps: Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. At the command prompt, type the appropriate commands to diagnose and repair your Windows XP installation.
For a list of commands that are available in Recovery Console, type recovery console commands or help at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
For information about a specific command, type help commandname at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
If still you cannot get through to that, drop me a comment again and tell me what you have done. Feel free to ask me.