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How to PERFORM a Windows XP Repair Installation.

by dhrwfan / February 15, 2008 10:12 PM PST

Beware....

How to PERFORM a Windows XP Repair Installation

#1. Set your computer to boot from your Windows XP CD.

#2 Make sure you have your Windows XP product KEY.

#3. Boot from the XP CD and ?press any key? to start.

#4 It will say ?setup is inspecting your computer?s hardware configuration.?

#5. The next screen will say ?Windows setup?.

#6. Next screen says, ?Welcome to setup?. PRESS ?ENTER?.

DO NOT choose ?R? for repair. {This is for the command prompt ?R? feature}

#7. Next screen ?press F8, I agree?.

#8. Next screen says, ?Windows XP Setup??Don?t be alarmed, that is correct.

#9. Next screen gives you two choices?Choose ?To repair the selected Windows XP installation PRESS R? and just below it will show this:

C:\ Windows ?Microsoft Windows XP ? ...is highlighted.

Use the up down arrow and Choose ?To repair the selected Windows XP installation PRESS ?R? now. {This is not the same command prompt ?R? as in step 6}


#10. Next screen will say ?please wait while Windows copies files to the windows installation folders?.

#11. Next screen will say ?Please wait while setup initializes your Windows XP configuration?

#12. Next screen will say ?This portion of setup has completed successfully? your computer will reboot in 10 seconds?


TAKE THE CD out of the computer now so the computer boots from the hard drive. If you miss taking it out that?s OK, just ignore {do not press a key} the ?press any key to boot from the CD? when it boots and it will boot from the hard drive.

#13. Next the installation page loads??Regional and Language Options? Press NEXT.

#14. Next your ?Product Key? page loads?type in the product key in the boxes and press next.

#15. Next the installation page loads and it will say ?setup will complete in approximately: 34 minutes?. Music and entertainment just got better.

#16. Next it will say ?installing network? followed by ?installing devices?.

#17 The next screen will say ?completing installation?.

#18 Next screen will show ?Windows XP boot screen logo? Please wait?

#19 Finally the next screen says, ?Welcome to Microsoft Windows?..

And now the AMAZING PART?open YOUR computer and you will see ALL your stuff?everything is the same?

I just did two practice ?Windows XP Repair Installations? and the printer software was missing some parts, sound did not work, wireless did not work?and other drivers had to be reinstalled?

So the down side for doing a Repair Installation is that many programs are missing drivers or parts and some system drivers are missing? such as sound driver, Ethernet driver etc?so beware..and make sure you have them and make sure you open hardware devices and see if anything is missing.

But the upside out weighs the downside in that MOST of your stuff is untouched by the reinstallation including MOST drivers?

I liked the results even though I always use "restore a drive image" that I have saved on and external hard drive that I keep for back up.

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