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Recovering XP

by robleo1 / September 7, 2010 2:16 AM PDT

I deleted SP1 from my Toshiba Satellite P-25(S-5039) that came w/XP Home & SP1 thinking it was no longer needed after upgrading and using XP-Pro for several years with little trouble.(BIG MISTAKE) I did get a (Win32 Trojan) which I could not remove yet it still operated fine.

Shortly after removing SP1 everything went to crap in short order, one blue screen after another indicating missing DLL files and so on I assume were lost upon deleting SP1. Tried to reinstall missing files with no luck.

I have files and photos I would like to recover via a normal mode as SAFE mode is limited and I cannot do what I want in SAFE, nor am I able to use my laptops CD/RW drive OTHER THAN ONLY to read my original Toshiba Recovery Disk which does nothing to restore my OS.

I bought a Rockfish HD reader thinking I could recover the data via my new HP w/Win7 but get a message indicating incompatible OS's. I.e Win7 not able to read XP data.

I was told I could convert my Toshiba HD from FAT32 to NTFS and then could read it via my HP but I'm not sure and have some questions on that.

Wondering if I should reinstall the HD back in the Toshiba, acquire Home/wSP1 then reinstall Pro or use another machine that has XP and try to read the HD via the Rockfish and copy files to that machine HD or to the stand alone HD I have.

I definitely do not want put any files on my new HP for fear of transferring any virus/Trojans or corrupted files.

If anyone has expert technical ability/understanding enough to grasp the problem I am having, I would greatly appreciate a real solution to my problem hopefully without losing files.

I have USB floppy drive, a HP USB CD/RW drive and USB Seagate (Free Agent)500Gb HD as well as the Rockfish HD reader for tools.

I do NOT have an original XP Home disk or floppy.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Safe Mode.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 7, 2010 6:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Recovering XP

Safe Mode would be my best guess.

I'm confused. This Toshiba came with XP Home with SP1 already installed? Then you upgraded to XP Professional. What made you think SP1 was not required? The two XP's Home and Professional only differ in minor ways and SP1 was required for both.

Did you ever install SP2 and SP3? All of these Service Packs increased security by closing security holes in the OS.

Removing SP1 is never a good idea, either for XP Home or XP Pro.

Can you explain again why you cannot use this system in Safe Mode to pull off those photos and things? If you cannot get the CD/RW drive to work, what about the USB hard drive?

If you can get into Safe Mode how does the system perform whilst in there? It's possible that you could attempt a "System Restore" from within Safe Mode to return you to before you uninstalled SP1.

Converting FAT32 to NTFS couldn't be simpler. Read the article here;

You need to do that asap, but you should wait and get your system back before you do that.


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Recovering XP
by robleo1 / September 8, 2010 12:14 AM PDT
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I did install SP3 but had many issues with it and believe I removed it and PC worked well again. As for SP1, don't ask. Bad move and a painful learning curve. It's been a many months now since I tried to work with the computer and memory is faded as to all the issues so I am going to reinstall the HDD, max out the RAM w/new sticks and fire up the machine again and see what all it will do and not do. I did work extensively w/ level 3 MS support to no avail. It also will not go on line to recover any updates or software while in SAFE. It will not boot to normal either and if I recall, it did not boot from disk.

The first thing I did was to attempt Syst.Restore but it did not work.

Again, I will have to retry everything after booting up to refresh the problems and my memory and I will reply back to you with more detail

Side note. There was a length of time that I did not use my CD/RW and as I recall, SP3 had something to do with the drive not working correctly. I went to various sites/forums for Toshiba owners and read of others having similar experience w/drives also after installing SP3.

Thanks again,

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Since you say you ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 8, 2010 2:55 AM PDT
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"... have files and photos I would like to recover via a normal mode as SAFE mode is limited " and are encountering so many problems, might I suggest that now would be a good time to get yourself a Linux Live CD (Ubuntu or Knoppix are both good) and use it to boot the computer, access the hard drive and copy the files you want to either a CD/DVD writer or to a USB flash drive or external hard drive?

It is really a pretty simple way to recover the files and if you download the ISO and burn the CD yourself it is completely free.
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Yep, I agree
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 8, 2010 5:31 AM PDT
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and that would be my own next step.


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