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Exit windows xp repair install?

by cmpolis / August 22, 2006 4:17 PM PDT

Hey everyone,
I repaired windows and now it is doing the windows install thing. My CD got damaged and I cannot finish it. Is there a way to get through it by exiting or without the cd?


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Not unlike having a flat tire and no spare.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2006 9:47 PM PDT

Sorry, no. Unless you find a copy of the i386 or cab files on the hard disk you have to get a good copy of your XP CD. Too bad you didn't tell exactly which one as I could comment what other XP CDs could be used. For instance if I had a retail XP Home CD, the XP SP1 Home CD or XP SP2 Home CD has worked with my CD-Key. I can get a friend's copy without any copyright issues and use my CD-Key.

OEM CDs such as supplied with machines are not so interchangable.


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by cmpolis / August 23, 2006 4:18 PM PDT

Thanks for the help!

It is windows XP Pro SP1 2004 OEM. Is there a way to find the files on the hard drive because i am prompted for the first file and I can look on the hard drive. Also, I can get into command prompt via shift+f10, would that be able to help me?


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The OEM replacements have been about 35 bucks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 9:41 PM PDT
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The OEM version is slightly different so you need the OEM SP1 or OEM SP2 CD.

If you can make it to the recovery console, you can look around with the CD and DIR command. This is not an offer to teach command line skills. That's for the days when the machine works and something you do to avoid trips to repair shops.


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