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Repairing XP on HP compaq Mini

Right then, in short the kid got hold of the netbook when the missus back was turned (on the phone to sky)bashed some keys and seems to of deleted windows driver files.

Error message on POST:

windows couldn't start... blah blah....following file is missing or corrupt:

After this it asks to insert the installation CD to repair the issue but obviously this is a netbook and doesn't have a DVD drive (I don't have an external USB drive). I do have a legit copy of XP that I could attempt to put on a flashdrive but I am not sure if I could repair XP with this or if it would overwrite a fresh install. (this is the os that I use on the desktop)

Unfortunately the kicker is that all the baby photos of the lad are on the HD of the netbook and as I am sure you can understand we don't want to run the risk of deleting them which would obviously happen if there is a fresh install.

Can anyone offer any advice on this? Should/can I do this myself or would I be better to take the netbook to the local PC world?

Thanks for any help.

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Re: repairing XP

You can do it yourself if you buy a USB CD/DVD-drive to boot from the Windows XP CD. That's certainly cheaper than the local shop. And it's the way it's done with netbooks.

A repair install shouldn't erase the pics. But if you want to be VERY sure of keeping your pics buy a big enough USB-stick (or two) or an external hard disk and boot from a Linux Live CD to copy everything you forgot to backup to it. Having a backup, by the way, won't harm at all, and I should say it's money well spent for the baby photo's, now and in the future.


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An external USB DVDRW is much less than a shop fee. Also my HP Mini 1000 came with the operating CD for reinstallation and repair but I know NEVER to attempt repairs until we save the files.

And nod to the LIVE LINUX CD (I use the UBUNTU CD) to getting our files out.

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