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Re-installing windows xp from Recovery CD without losing data

I would like to re-install windows xp without losing my data. A windows XP cd was not included with my computer, but rather a Recovery CD. How do I re-install windows xp without losing my data from that CD?

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  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    I believe the Windows XP Media Center Edition should be located on the recovery CDs. However, upon browsing the Recovery CD which came with this notebook, I do not find any CAB files. There are compressed files of a different type, but it is not Windows if it is not contained in *.CAB files right? I mean, that's just the Microsoft way. Is the A105 supposed to come with a Windows XP Media Center Edition install disk then?

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You can just get a new windows XP CD then on that you will have an option to repair what ever your problem with the operating system, if your hard disk has a partition and you don't have any data from the C drive where your OS is installed you can format the C drive and your files are still on your D drive.

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The boot loader files are either corrupted or missing. To repair this problem, boot with the Windows XP CD-ROM and choose the option to install. On the next screen, choose repair to repair your Windows installation. When the repair process is finished, you will be able to boot back into your operating system without losing data or having to reinstall software.
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I am in need to install recovery console


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Boot From the Windows XP CD
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To enter Recovery Console in Windows XP, you will need to boot from the Windows XP CD.
  1. Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above.

  2. 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.
Press R to Enter Recovery Console
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When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console.

Choose the Windows Installation
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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.

Enter the Administrator Password
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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.

Make Necessary Changes in Windows XP Recovery Console

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The Recovery Console is now fully loaded and the cursor should be sitting at the command prompt, ready for input, as shown in the screen shot above.
Make any changes necessary in the Windows XP Recovery Console. When complete, take out the Windows XP CD and type exit to restart the computer.

  1. When you reach the command prompt (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following command and then press Enter.
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    Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.
  6. Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
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Error report


  1. You've probably got in your hands some recovery/restore CD's from your PC vendor. BEWARE. For example, Fujitsu laptop CD's are only used to restore the HDD to its original factory state! Fuji will not give you a XP CD to 'recover' the hard disk, only to 'restore' it. Nice huh?
  2. Use a Windows XP retail CD ,better than having to use the OEM's restore CD and lose all your data.
    • IMPORTANT: if you've got Windows XP SP2 installed, you CANNOT use a Windows XP SP1 CD. The recovery console from the SP1 CD will not accept even the correct admin password when run on a Windows XP SP2 HDD. You must run the recovery console from a modern SP2 CD, then you'll be able to correctly login to your Windows XP install on the HDD.
  3. Pop in the Windows XP CD, reboot, making sure to select boot from the CD option. On some PC's you'll have to hit DEL on reboot to enter the BIOS and select boot from CD ROM. Other PCs you hit F12 while booting up.
  4. WIndows XP will start to load. Eventually you will be prompted to select between Setup Windows and Repair Windows. Hit 'R' for Repair Windows. The RC (Recovery Console) will look for existing Windows XP installs to repair. Usually you have just the one, listed by the RC after it has scanned your disk, so type '1'. If the RC doesn't find any Windows Installs...you're in trouble. Note: Windows RC can find a Windows install when Windows Setup can NOT find one, so the RC seems more low level and reliable.
  5. Usually your admin password is blank, so just hit a return when prompted for a password.
  6. Type 'help' for the commands that the RC can run. You won't be able to access any folder other than C:\Windows and C:\ top level. The next two steps are probably only safe if you have a single partition on the whole disk.
  7. Try 'fixboot'. This re-writes the boot record.
  8. Try 'fixmbr'; again, this may damage a partition table that it doesn't understand, so be wary of taking this step... you may want to use this as a last resort and only if you have a single partition on the disk.
  9. Run CHKDSK /P C:
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Yes, i think the system self-fixing will work. But it should be better for you to install a fresh windows after format your file system in to NTFS format.

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