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Bypass or cancel Windows XP repair install

by empire1012 / June 30, 2008 10:00 AM PDT

First off, thanks in advance for any help.

I rebooted my computer and got an error about a missing or corrupt file so windows would not even start to load.

I got the bright idea that I could do a repair install of Windows.
After the repair install copied the files necessary, it restarted the computer and I got the same "file missing or corrupt" error.
So I found the file that was corrupt online and copied it to the HDD.

Now my problem is that the Windows repair install is giving me an error after it loads the install and comes up with the install screen.

I am wondering if there is ANY way to just bypass the the windows repair install because I believe that the Windows structure is still intact and should load if I can bypass the install. Any ideas?

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Could You Give More Info (as in Red)...
by tobeach / June 30, 2008 4:09 PM PDT

about machine & especially which file was corrupt & HOW you merged it into registry? Also ANY recent UPDATES to OS (SPs?)Patches, Media Players, software protectors like A/V A/S etc?? Intel or AMD etc?
Thanks for helping to reduce possibles w/ above.

Can you boot to Safe Mode at all?? See:
http://www.pchell.com/support/safemode.shtml

Here's hoping....:-)

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More info
by empire1012 / July 1, 2008 10:14 AM PDT

The file was nvata64.sys i think. That issue was resolved though. I copied that file to the correct directory and it no longer gives that error.

Safemode will boot but then it give a popup window saying "Windows XP setup cannot run under safe mode. Setup will restart now."

I don't know about updates. I don't restart the computer often because it is my server as well. It had been about a month between reboots :-D No need to tell me. I know it was a long time. I was on vacation.

So the real problem is that windows is trying to do a repair install and the repair fails. I need to bypass the install because to fails.

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If You Can Get Safe Mode & Other Same ....
by tobeach / July 1, 2008 4:30 PM PDT
In reply to: More info

screen options, try select w/ keyboard (FIRST) "last known good config" or even "start windows normally". With luck, if orig. windows still intact, should boot to before you tried latest actions. Hopefully, before corrupted file but have replacement file available in case...
Your machine is X64 w/ Nvidia drivers?
Let us know if you get OK or what other error messages pop-up.
Hopefully, others may have other suggestions if this doesn't work. Happy

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