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I reformated computer with my xp disk, as one of the techs. was so helpful, and it starts now with xp home edition or microsoft recovery console, and i click xp edition, and it starts normally. I am not sure if he wanted me to reinstall sp again, saying that it was corrupt. should i reinstall again? was not sure and the computer has been updating A Lot. sould i reinstall so that windows will start as it should?

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No there is no need to reinstall xp again, you get microsoft recovery console there when you boot up because the recovery console has now been installed in your computer and earlier it was not there.
It will be helpfull in future because by any chance if something ba happens you can use recovery console to correct the problm with the operating system so its good for you.
There is no need to reinstall the os again.

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Down laod xp recovery disk


If you're running Windows XP and Windows crashes or becomes unusable, you may have to run a Windows XP recovery setup disk to make your computer usable again. When purchased, many computers don't come with a Windows XP recovery setup disk, but you can download one for free from Microsoft. The Windows XP recovery setup disk holds the computer software and files that you need to assist you in rebuilding your operating system.

Place a formatted floppy disk in your floppy disk drive. You will need six formatted floppy disks. Visit Microsoft's Download Center and download the version of the setup disk for your version of Windows (see links in Resources). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=E8FE6868-6E4F-471C-B455-BD5AFEE126D8 Home Edition http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=8030 Professional Edition set up disks for floppy http://www.download3000.com/download_17676.html XP Recovery CD Maker Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition have their own recovery setup disks and you must use the correct disk for your version of Windows. Click "Download" and then "Save." Find your floppy drive or optical media drive on the menu and click "OK." If Windows isn't functioning at all, you will have to perform these actions from a working PC. Remove the last floppy disk when the Windows XP recovery disk download is complete and place it in the computer on which you need to use it. Shut down your computer and then turn it back on. If your computer prompts you to boot from the disk, press Enter. If it doesn't, you'll have to go into your BIOS to set the computer to boot first from your disk drive. When your computer boots from disk it will automatically start running the Windows XP recovery setup disk from which you can then set up Windows XP. Hope this helps.

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How to fix "Operating System Not Found" error when you start your Windows...


When you try to start a Windows XP-Based computer, you may receive an error message that the operating system is not found.
APPLIES TO
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Symptoms
When you start a Windows XP-Based computer, you may receive one of the following error messages.
Error message 1
Operating system not found.
Error message 2
Missing Operating System
When you start your computer to the Recovery Console to recover functionality, you may receive an error message that resembles the following error message:
Setup did not find any hard drives installed on your computer.
CausesThis issue may occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:
The basic input/output system (BIOS) does not detect the hard disk.
The hard disk is damaged.
Sector 0 of the physical hard disk drive has an incorrect or malformed master boot record (MBR).

Note Some third-party programs or disk corruption can damage an MBR.
An incompatible partition is marked as Active.
A partition that contains the MBR is no longer active.
Resolution To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods, depending on your situation.

Contact your hardware manufacturer
Your best bet may be to contact the manufacturer of your computer or your hard disk. The manufacturer may have a utility that you can use to perform a more detailed scan for damaged areas of the disk and help verify the correct BIOS settings. However, be aware that the damage to your hard disk may be serious. Sometimes this means that your only solution is to replace your hard disk.

If a fix or workaround is not available, you can use the "Advanced Troubleshooting" section to try to resolve this issue.

Advanced troubleshooting
This section is intended for advanced computer users. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone for help or contact support. For information about how to contact Microsoft support, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/
Method 1: Verify the BIOS settings
Verify the computer's BIOS settings to make sure that BIOS lists and recognizes the hard disk. See the computer documentation or contact the hardware manufacturer for information about how to verify the BIOS settings.

After you verify that the computer's BIOS detects the hard disk, restart the computer, and then test to determine whether the issue is resolved. If the issue is not resolved, or if the computer's BIOS cannot detect the hard disk, you may have issues with your hardware. Contact the hardware manufacturer to inquire about how to resolve this issue. You may have to replace the hard disk.

For information about how to contact hardware manufacturers, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
65416 Hardware and software vendor contact information, A-K

60781 Hardware and software vendor contact information, L-P

60782
Hardware and software vendor contact information, Q-Z

Method 2: Use Recovery Console
Use the fixmbr command in the Windows XP Recovery Console to repair the MBR of the startup partition.

Warning This command can damage your partition table if a virus is present or if a hardware problem exists. If you use this command, you may create inaccessible partitions. We recommend that you run antivirus software before you use this command. We also recommend that you backup your data before you use this command. If the fixmbr command detects an invalid or non-standard partition table signature, the fixmbr command prompts you for permission before rewriting the MBR. The fixmbr command is supported only on x86-based computers.

For more information about Recovery Console, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314058 Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console 307654 How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP

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Computer booting time ntdlr missing displayed how to repair this ..? i insert the windows xp booting cd but then displays press any key but my keyboard is usb key board i cant press any key......pls help...


Make sure there is no removable disk in any drive that may be causing the error.

If thats not it then place the CD in the CD drive and boot to the recovery console

use the recovery console to copy NTLDR from another machine

See http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

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How do I format my laptop using the recovery disk???


hi there, here's the step by step procedure for reformatting.

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your computer will now boot up from your cd rom and will initialize the setup.

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How to solve pci.sys error during reformating of the hard drive


You have two ways to solve the problem of "Pci.sys Is Missing or Corrupt"
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2. Booting with WinXP CD and then perform a Windows XP Repair Reinstall
of the currently installed system.

If you need detailed assistance post with details of your Operating system
[WinXP Home vs WinXP Pro and the SP status i.e SP1 or SP2 ]

See
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=319136

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Windows XP Home Not Booting


For that you need to recover error on hard drive then you can see repair option.
For that insert windows disk or recovery disk in cd/dvd rom.
Then boot your computer with it set first boot device as cd/dvd rom in bios.
Then follow the procedure select "R" for recovery console.
Then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press "y"
then it fix error on hard drive.
Then restart computer then it search the previous windows then you can see "r" for repair previous windows.
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This is usually caused by a registry file that grew too large. Your best bet, assuming that you don't have the WIndows disk because it is a Dell, or another PC type that has the hidden recovery partition, is to run your system's recovery and do a non-destructive recovery that will attempt to repair the OS without damaging your files.
Beyond that, you are going to need the Windows XP CD to access the recovery console, and that have worked for somany people having similar problem.when you load the restore cd Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert
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