Help again please!!! I have an acer aspire 3680, that has a corrupt OS I have tried all the options but they dont work (the last known good config, safe mode, starting windows normally etc).
The BSOD (blue screen of death) appeared after trying all these options.
I am aware of the fact that I must conduct a repair installation but unfortunately I do not have the original windows XP cd as my laptop came pe-intalled with windows xp.
I dont know if its XP home or professional that i have and require, does this matter? Can this repair installation be done without the cd?? If so how??? will all my files and previous data be intact after this repair installation process???
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Re: need to conduct a repair installation
You are going to have to get hold of an XP SP2 CD, find a copy off the net download and burn it to a cd... then at least ya have a CD to work off. There are many Torrent links, www.thepiratebay.com
is a great place to look for stuff.
Below find the link to recover ya installation.
If you are lucky and follow the instructions carefully your programs and setting may remain intact.
If it doesn't work you will have to try some other method of data & settings recovery, and then reinstall XP and replace ya data and settings.
Below is the UBCD it has lots of recovery tools if ya need them..
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Please cheek you keypad F8 key. I think its pressed. That's why when you press power button after a while that page comes up. If that's key is perfect & not pressed then select "last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked)" and run the system. May be some system file are missing or corrupted and you OS wants to restore it. That's why you faced that message. Don't worry. Just do it. Hope you get success. Thanks and waiting for your reply.
next time there are many option beside strat windos normally, first try last known good configuration that worked, if didn't work try saFE MODE AND MAKE SYSTEM RESTORE. GO START>PROGRAM>ACCECORIES>SYSTEM TOOLS SYSTEM RESTORE. you can read about system restore here.
another option is repair windows(you need someone who know to do this or may be try to google it) or last option format it.
Start your computer, before it gets to the error hit the F8 button. This is Safe Mode. Click on Last Known Configuation and follow the steps. The purpose it to load your computer to an earlier date before you had problems. If that does not work then you should reload Vista with the disc that came with your computer.
Press the start button then hold down F8 to go to a black screen with writing. Scroll to boot windows to last known good boot (maybe not exact words, but do last known good start) Click that option and windows should boot to the last good start of your computer.
It sounds like it could be a corrupt OS, or your hard drive could've decided to pack it in.
Before you panic - (been there/done that). Try to get your system to the boot menu by doing the following:
Turn on your system - once you see the logo, begin to tap the f8 key repeatedly until the boot menu appears. It will give you the option of "Last Known Good Configuration". Select that by using the arrow keys to move the highlight bar up (or down). Press enter - and wait. If there has been a corruption, it may take time.
If that fails, repeat the process and once you get to the menu, select SafeMode. It will probably fail as well but I have seen times when it boots through. If you are able to get into SafeMode, if that works, let me know and we can look at some preventative measures.
You have to reinstall your operating system. There is no other option. Bcoz every time the operating system try to operate hardware it receive wrong info from the hardware drivers. Contact me again for more info
You have a corrupt OS, assuming you have XP, you should do a repair installation. Don't worry, none of your files or settings or installed programs will be deleted. You may have to reinstall some old device drivers though.
* Insert the XP CD and boot to it
* When you see " To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER", go ahead and press ENTER
* You will now see an option to repair Windows by pressing "R". Do not select this option - it will only take you to the Recovery Console which is not what we want to do. Instead, choose to continue the installation
* When you see the license agreement, press F8 to agree
* On the next screen make sure your current XP installation is selected and then press "R" to repair XP
* At this point XP will begin to install on top of itself, replacing damaged, missing or altered system files. Follow the instructions on the remaining screens to complete the Repair Install. It will look very much like a normal (new) OS installation.
If all goes well your repaired XP installation will remain intact, keeping your personalized settings and installed programs as they originally were.