I am trying to help a friend out and need to reinstall XP. I have the restore disk but every time I try to reinstall it gets about 3% into it and then halts with error #701. What does this error mean and what can I do about it. I thought it might be a read error but the disk looks great and I cleaned it just to be safe. Any and all info is welcome. Thanks in advance! Gumby
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This is a Windows error code for a bad hard drive sector, basically you have a bad hard drive. However, if you're using or the restore disc has the partition magic program, it can give a false reading. So, during the install, reformat the hard drive, do a full NTFS format, not the quick format. If the drive will not format, then it's bad. If it does format, but will not install, it's likely that the restore disc is using the partition magic program, and you will need a regular XP disc in order to reload the system. The partition magic was another one of Microsoft's great and brilliant, going to change the future programs that came out hard, and die out in the same manor (hard).
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Maybe its a Bad Update. try to Boot to Safemode first and Uninstall the Installed Service Pack 3
To get into the Windows XP Safe mode, as the computer is booting tap "F8 Key" Continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode" and press your Enter key.
Then, uninstall Service Pack 3 Start>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs then look for Service Pack 3 and Uninstall.
If it did not work try Using System restore.
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore.
Hope This Helps
Without the XP CD, you're kind of stuck. If you can get one from a friend, it'll work fine. Once you get a disk, you can boot from the disk by setting your CD-ROM drive as the boot drive or run setup on the disk to start the reformat/reinstall process.
You can check to see if it is compatible with a linux distribution like Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the most like windows and is very user friendly plus it is completely free.
You can also try contacting technical support from Dell to see if they will send you a restore disk. You may have to pay shipping on this disk, but they may not offer them for that machine depending on how old it is.
Check the bottom of the machine and see if you can still read the license code from it. You may be able to reinstall from that with another disk, but this has proven to be iffy as there are many versions of disks out there with XP on them and they may not accept that particular code that is on the laptop.
If all else fails you can purchase a new XP license and use the drivers from Dells site to reinstall it on to the machine. OEM Licenses for laptops are particular to that machine.
Tiger direct still sells OEM install disks for XP.
"That's the file that XP uses to start. Sometimes it just becomes corrupted and doesnt work or goes MIA. But if youre on an XP machine now. Go to system root (C:) and make sure youre viewing all files, file extentions and system files (Set these in Tools>Folder Options>View) and just copy thats machines NTLDR file to a floppy disk. You will see it at system root after system files are showing. And while youre on that machine you could also make a NTFS bootable floppy, or use a 98 boot disk as well. That way you can get to the command propt and dump the new NTLDR into YOUR C: drive. If youre confused by any of that please let me know, we all love to help :)"
Quoted from 0S1R1S on another site,
but is correct, may need to go into safe mode to load this into the computer. from operating pc to another. if you have a friend that also has the XP software you can copy it from thier pc. Hope it helps.
It sounds like you were infected by a virus. Try booting up using your anti virus disk in the drive. Let it do a system scan. Once it is complete you can then reinstall Windows. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.
In Ideal scenarios your Restore Disks should work even if you have the Vista on the computer. I hope you are using the right steps in order to perform that restore as you need to boot up using the disk 1.
Another step you can do is to Reinstall the XP using a disk(Which you may borrow from someone) after formating the harddrive, however you will have to reinstall all the software programs and the drivers as well.
Perform a system recovery: Acer computer's do not ship with recovery CD's - there is a program that allows you to burn the disks or recover.
3 ways to recover:
1. If in Windows - Start - Programs - Acer empowering technology - Acer E-recovery management -
click on Restore at bottom then "Restore to factory default settings"
2. Or click on Burn disks instead of Restore
3. If unable to boot into Windows then tap Alt/F10 during boot right after Acer splash screen when starting up the computer.
4. This will start the Acer E-recovery program - choose Factory Default Settings and follow instructions.
For Acer end user technical support, spare parts and service: 1.800.816.2237