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Windows Xp After trying to boot from my clone. It worked out a failure. I tried toboot my XP but it could not . AN error comes on the blank screen sayingOS missing or sometimes saying error loading OS.

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A warning about trying to re-install Windows. If you re-install, you will lose all data on the Windows or my documents and any related Windows settings as well.

Make sure the machine is turned off any time you work on it, also remove the power wire.

Remove the drive, and have a friend copy the files you want. Then re-install Windows. At this point, you may see the menu to repair, which may be able to fix the problem without losing any data.

Another way is to get a self boot disk of Linux, or other kind and boot the cd, then copy the files you want to keep to the root directory. You will want to make a new folder and name it some like SavedC.

Another way is to get a second drive.
Remove or unplug the first drive you had trouble with, then plug in the second drive, install Windows on that drive. Shut down Windows and unplug the PC.
Next... plug in both drives (you may have to set the jumpers), boot the second drive and copy the files to the second drive (now it is C), and your bad drive is D.
When all files are copied as you want, shut the system down, unplug the second drive and leave the original drive plugged in. (one way to save time is to just unplug the power cable, if that is the kind, other wise you will have to unplug the whole cable).

After you have copied all the files, You are now ready to work on the original drive.
Put the Windows cd in the cd/dvd drive. Next turn on the machine. Proceed to watch the menus, you may see a menu to REPAIR or INSTALL Windows. If the repair for Windows comes up, you may be able to save all the files anyway. If not, then you will have to do a complete re-install, which will make a completely new installation over the old Windows.

One more way, if your drive is big enough is to install a NEW WINDOWS install under a completely new folder with a new name. For instance: If the old windows installation was WINNT, you could install a new Windows with a name such as WINNT2. That way, you could save all your data but not your old settings. If you are careful, you can watch every step, and make changes as necessary. You can even copy some of your old settings from the old Windows folders. If you had special fonts, these could all be copied as well once Windows is running. By doing this, you will never get back the settings you had on the old system, but your files will all be there.

Lastly, if you have a hard drive failure, which caused the system to not boot, then you should consider buying a new drive. You may still be able to use the second drive method explained above to save your data.

One suggestion: When saviing data in Windows, it would be to your advantage to NEVER save anything to MY DOCUMENTS or in any of the Windows folders.
Make a folder on C and name it what you want, such as "mysharedfolder".
Some computer users always have two drives, one for C Windows, and the other for all data. Partitions can work for that as well, but if the drive physically crashes, you can lose it all.

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Need to reinstall windows, from the setup cd, or recovery cds which ever the case maybe.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

  • Ekse Jul 26, 2008

    Why did I get a Inappropriate from this one? Thats exactly what you need todo. noting else you can do about it.



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Is there a way to get the 32 bit or 64 bit windows XP to install on a dell inspiron 6000 ?

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You need to install an operating system like windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Linux OS. Your hard drive is blank now and needs programming. If you have a friend that can clone your old drive then they will be able to copy everything from your old drive as it was to your new one. Might need to contact a local computer technician to re-install windows for you if not sure. Also you need to consider the price of windows XP, Vista or 7 if you don't have a copy!! Good luck!!

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To try to resolve this problem you would need to use a specialist boot CD to try to repair the disk errors. One such disk is Hiren's Boot CD which can be downloaded as a CD image file (.ISO) then would need to be burnt on to a blank CD then the computer booted from this CD.
On the initial Hiren's boot menu, select DOS programs, then select Disk tools before selecting HDAT2 to perform the disk repair actions.
HDAT2 can take some time to complete depending on the size of your internal disk drive and the number of bad sectors or other errors encountered - the tool will attempt to repair bad sectors by reading, verifying, writing and re-reading / verifying the data.
If the disk can be recovered, then you may be lucky and the system will be able to boot but otherwise, you may still need to do some further recovery work for the operating system, in which case you may need a Windows install CD or other recovery CD media.

If HDAT2 finds a lot of unrecoverable errors then you should seriously consider replacing the drive - you should be able to recover data from the old drive using other tools on the Hiren's Boot CD, including booting the CD mini-XP environment and using the tools there too.

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I dont have a branded pc its a clone so heres the problem i have upgraded my pc with 3 dvd combo drives but when i try to repair it using the windows xp 2sp2 disk it always shows an error message i cant...

You plug in the drives, you don't have to repair windows just because you added drives.

You can't repair xp it does not have a repair, it only has recovery, and unless you made a recovery disk or have one you can't.

Windows xp is up to SP3.

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When your BIOS post, first screen, hit the F8 key, and see if you can boot into safe mode.

Then go to start, accessories, system tools, system restore, and restore it.

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If the computer boots in to safe mode fine, you more than likely have a virus or spyware interfering with the boot process.

Windows also could have corruption on it.
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Once the CD loads Run the recovery console Select 1 for the C: drive if it asks for a password this is generally blank or will be the password on the "Administrator" account you see when you boot to windows in safemode

Once in the recovery console do a chkdsk /f command
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Try booting the system to Safe mode.

To boot to safe mode:

Restart the computer. As soon as the BIOS has finished loading, F8 key on your keyboard. When Windows Options menu appears, scroll to select the Safe mode menu item, and then press Enter.

Select "Last known good configuration" then press Enter.

If that doesn't work reboot again and keep tapping on F8 to Safe Mode and instead of selecting "last known good configuration" select "Repair Your Computer"

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