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XP SP2 back-out dramas

Hi All and much thanks for reading.

I've had an interesting attempt at working my way out of a failed/non-boot XP SP2 install. I had what appeared to be a flawless install from Update - problems only started when I went blue screen on reboot. I progressed past the XP slash, saw a slight video resize on the screen then blue screen.

Attempts at safe booting similarly failed.

My PC:
P3 1Ghz CPU
ASUS P3V4X mobo BIOS 1.006beta (latest)
512Mb SD-RAM
Voodoo Banshee 16Mb AGP
40Gb 10Gb HDD
BenQ 52x24x52x CD-RW, BenQ 52x CD-ROM
(40Gb/CD-RW on WD PCI-IDE card).

I followed instructions to recover to XP SP1 on http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBQ/tip8300/rh8339.htm but on the batch run I had many 'access denied' or 'no matching file' lines - despite the majority indicating successful file copying.

NOW, the reboot locks at the same point so I can't complete the recovery. I guess that some core software that was NOT overwritten/access denied/not matched during the batch is causing this problem.

I'm stuck - where to from here ?

Any brilliant minds out there - thanks for ANY advice.

Richard (castleman)

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UPDATE - Now am at my desktop image with an operational mouse but no icons, taskbars etc. This took 10 minutes to get to - I've no idea whether to wait, reboot, or ??

Mysterious

Richard (castleman)

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Does Keyboard work??

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If so, try Ctrl-Alt-Del to get task mngr, if so, then select Applications, New task, and type Explorer,then enter- if you get a flicker of taskbar,etc, you can maybe fix by running file checker from cmd line...place XP cd in drive, then at task manager, applications, new task, type cmd for command box, then type sfc /scannow then enter and let file checker repair/replace as necessary..this has worked for me on several 2k pro boxes with the same problem.

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Why not backup your data using KNOPPIX (credit goes to Bob) and then do a clean install of XP?

Since you have two HDDs & a CD-RW, KNOPPIX will let you boot to a Linux desktop and you can access your files and either copy them from one drive to the other or use the CD-RW to back up the files from the XP drive.

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=knoppix&meta=

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Thanks David.

Doing the 700Mb KNOPPIX DL on my laptop (and SFC on the damaged desktop). I'll advise how it turns out.

Strange system - now boots to desktop including icons, mouse, images but no taskbar. I've tried the http://www.jsifaq.com/SUBQ/tip8300/rh8339.htm suggestions from a CMD.EXE box (CD %SystemRoot%\$NtServicePackUninstall$\Spuninst, spuninst.exe) - but whilst it loads the XP SP2 uninstall dialog box, seems to lock in the 'checking installed components' menu.

Wierd,

Richard (castleman)

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