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Windows XP Home Repair Function

Q: Windows XP Home Repair Function

I have a version of windows XP Home where the boot up is corrupted or damaged. What happens is that the system trys to reboot when it gets to the screen that indicates that it has not been properly shut down.

As there are some personal files on the drive I want to keep I have been trying to use the Windows XP Home Edition Repair function.

I have been trying to use the command to restore the files that I found in Windows XP Professional Help

"msiexec /f[p][o][e][d][c][a][m][v]"

When I try this command the system doesn't recognize it.

The system has a NTFS File system so a boot disk to read my files hasn't helped me

Does Windows XP Home have a different command for this function?

Any help I can get to resolve this problem and recover my personal files would be much appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Windows XP Home Repair Function

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A: Windows XP Home Repair Function

Kuwaiti Kid,

You might try fixmbr;Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP .

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Hey guys... I have some problems with IE6.0... it won't let me log into my web-based email accounts...

I keep getting an "intrusion detected" notices (even if I ask to "expire page views" at login).

so I want to REPAIR IE6.0 using the ADD/REMOVE option in Control Panel, and then Click REPAIR.

I tried to re-install IE6.0 from the Add/Remove Programs dialogue.... BUT my computer came pre-installed with IE6.0 (I'm using windows XP), so the Add/Remove IE6.0 option is not there.

So how do I start the Repair IE6.0 option if the Uninstall/Add/Remove button is not there????

Please help.
Rgds,
Double07
 

A:How do you start IE6.0 REPAIR Function in Windows XP???

There isn't a IE repair option with XP/6.0.

But what are these 'intrusion notices' you're receiving?
They probably don't point to anything being wrong with IE itself.

Grtz.
 

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I do not know why System Restore in my Windows Vista Home Basic system is not functioning properly. This means that I can not use System Restore because it is not working. I want to create a restore point on my computer before I try to install third-party visual themes on my computer.

The error says:

"The Volume Shadow Copy service used by System Restore is not working. For more information, view the event log. (0x81000202)"

What does this error mean? How can you fix it? What is the event log, and how can you view it? Can anyone help me and answer my questions?
 

A:Solved: System Restore does not function properly in Windows Vista Home Basic

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Some time ago I received advice on how to repair WinXP by typing an alphabetical sequence in the "Run" dialog box of WinXp (similar to "msconfig", "dxdiag", or "regedit" ). It would launch a self-diagnostic utility & then WinXp would prompt you to insert the WinXP2 Disc to repair the installation. Can anyone please remind me of this command? Thank You
 

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The other day when i turned on the computer, there was a mess of problems.
First off most of the programs are out of start menu, icons are missing, desktop wallpaper will not show up (unless at very first start of computer or when shutting down, it appears for a few seconds). This sounds to me like a Hijack type of thing.

So i tried to run System Restore (since i had recently put on SP3) but its not in the start menu, i searched for it in the windows directory and when i double click it tells me it cant protect my comp, and restart and try again. (seems most things i cant run-even tried to use Search from start menu,gives an error for that, but i can run IE.

I have put my XP cd in to do a repair install-it didnt show ANY of my partitions (i have 1 HD with 2 partitions, and an external usb HD) and then the comp blue screened and that was that.

Now i can load to recovery console but cant remember the commands i should use to reinstall windows back to SP1 and re update.

Any help?

~thanks
daic.

EDIT: Would it be easier to use the F11 command that came with the gateway computer, and have it save a backup of files to the C: and reinstall like that? (Trying to avoid a format if possible, but will have to see)

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I have a sony vaio VGN-FS660/W with Windows XP Home installed on it. When I turn on my computer it gives me the screen that says it could not start properly and gives me the option to start in safe mode or regular mode etc. I have tried starting it in both modes and all it does is restart and bring up that screen again, like it is going in a loop. It is still under warrenty and I called their tech support and the guy told me all he could do was tell me how to run a system recovery which would erase all my files. Of course I do not want to do this.

I was told by someone else I could run a repair with my windows xp home disk (which I unfortuantly cannot find), so I asked the man about that and he said I could try it and that if I can't find one I could order one from Sony. I am sure it will cost me a pretty penny as Sony likes to charge a ton for all service repairs.

Is there any tricks or ideas on how to get past this start up screen?

Ironic part is I was turing my computer on to back-up my files before I sent it in to get my mouse buttons fixed over winter break. So if I could just get it on for a few minutes to drop my important school files and my portfolio onto my external hard drive, I would be satisfied.

Thanks for any help/ideas!

A:Windows XP Home repair

and welcome to the Forum

A couple of ideas

You could take the drive out and attach it in place of the CD drive on a working pc to salvage the data . . then put it back in and do the recovery

You could borrow an OEM Home install disc and perform a repair install using that disc and your product code. It has to be an OEM version . . not Retail

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hey everyone, I am having problems repairing a customers computer. The computer has windows XP Home on it and i have backed-up all of her files. The computer doesn't boot so i decided to try and repair Windows from the CD. Everything was going smooth when all of the sudden the computer shut off and in the front a green and amber light are blinking at the same time. Any ideas?

A:Repair of Windows XP Home problem

Could be a bad power supply or processor

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My nephew's computer was infected with the Packed.Win32.TDSS.aa virus. I searched for fixes but all of them applied to being able to log into the Computer.

So, I decided to use my old Windows XP disk to do a repair installation not knowing that it would change the product key. I still could not log in safe mode or normal mode. I finally found an option to create a bootable virus disk using Avira. This cleaned the infecion but I could only boot into safe mode. I could not boot into normal mode because it wanted me to activate Windows which is due to the previous reinstallations I did on my old computer. I am trying to avoid this because I really don't want to give away my Windows XP disk.

I have since read that the product key on the back of my nephews eMachine is a generic one the manufactures use. I tried to do a uninstall but it does not show a previous installation.

I had a bad feeling about the repair installation and should have taken more time to look for options to clean it.

The model number is a T2742.

So here is my question; Can I delete the activation key in the registry and could the fact I can only log into safe mode be the reason I cannot find a back up installation?

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Using Repair Installation for Windows XP Home

That eMachine may have recovery partition.
Try pressing F11 key at eMachine logo.
Be aware, that all data will be lost and the computer will return to its original state.

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Hi,
I am a problem when I try to use recovery console with my windows xp home cd. i do not want to do a clen install becasue I don't want to loose all of my settings. When I first tried to do a repair I chose the option "install windowows," then I chose "r" to do a repair. it went through the install process. And once the installation of windows was over and it restarted the computer the screen that came up was the screen that gives you a choice of going into safe mode and other choices such as start windows normally. None of the choices work and every time the computer restarts the same screen that gives me the choices such as safe mode comes up again. So, I decided to boot back to the windows xp home d again, expect for this time I decided to go into repair right off the bat this time and chose option 1 for c:\windows. Then it asks for the administrator password. (which in my case is clank. after entering a blank password it went to C:\winows

At this point I do not know what the exact commands that I need to enter to complete the repair process. I did type help and a list of commands did come up but, I do very little about this kind of stuff. So if anyone out there knows what specific commands to type to complete the repair process. It would be greatly appreciated.

thank you very much, Matt
 

A:problems windows xp home repair

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I recently repaired my installation of Windows XP Home. I ran the repair because I downloaded a virus or some malware that deleted a bunch of systems files and somehow blocked me from visiting many websites, including antivirus sites and Microsoft.

After I successfully repaired Windows, activated it, and logged on for the first time I tried to install Malwarebytes to get rid of any remaining problems from the original virus. When I tried to install Malwarebytes, I got a message saying the Windows Installer was loading for another program, so I cancelled it and tried runnign the setup file for Malwarebytes again. Then my computer froze and I was forced to do a hard power off. Now when I start the computer it goes through the initial Windows logo loading screen and then it goes to a black screen with a mouse pointer that I can move, but there are no options to click, and none of the usual keyboard hotkeys have any effect. I can successfully boot Windows using Safe Mode, but I'm not saavy enough to know what my options would be with that. I tried using the Run > sfc /scannow command, but it apparently doesn't work in Safe Mode.

Please help if you can. I'm almost ready to completely reformat and start from scratch, but I'd like to be able to save my data and settings if possible.
 

A:Windows XP Home Boots to Black Screen with Mouse Pointer after Windows Repair

idk if this is a problem but:

my computer does this is i have a rather full HD it just takes a while to load.

how long did u leave it before restarting (the black screen)?
 

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I did a reinstall of windows 98Se and now have IE5.0....It is giving me nothing but problems, I think...i want to use IE repair but there isn't any function like that on my computer...I have been to add/remove programs>>no IE there, went to System Tools\information>>no IE repair there, went to msinfo32>>no repair there either....I have slow page turning and my Outlook Express will not function...cannot download folders, messages, have removed accounts, rebooted, reinstalled accounts...nothing...what do i do????
thanks donna
 

A:No Repair IE5 function

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Using XP Professional

Is there a general repair tool I can try before I reformat?
 

A:XP - Is there a Repair function?

well, the xp cd has the repair stuff on it you could try(if its not booting properly or at all). Dont know exactly what it does but i know its there. You just pop the cd in, start up the computer(make sure it boots off of cd ie cd before ide-0 in bios) and pretend your making a fresh install and somewhere along the way it will ask if you want to fix a current xp install(or something like that). Hope this helps
 

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When using the XP repair function, what do you use for an administrative password if you did not use a password when you set up windows? I left the PW Blank and now I need to use the repair function and it's requiring a PW> What do I do?

Thanks, Sherm

A:Win XP Repair Function

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,14828505

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I was browsing through a few 4th of July websites and a error message appeared and said "hard drive failure" "The system has detected a problem with one or more installed ide/sata hard disks." also the Windows XP Repair screen appeared. The virus forced my computer to restart and upon restart all my desktop icons are missing and my computer is very slow. I havent tried anything yet becuase I do not want to mess it up any more. also in order for me to access the internet I had to run "iexpore.exe" and then typed in bleepingcomputer.com and was redirected a few times before it let me load this site.

help would be appriciated.

A:Windows XP Repair and redirect [Home Computer]

Hello, lets see if we can do these.For the connection try these...Please click Start > Run, type inetcpl.cpl in the runbox and press enter.Click the Connections tab and click the LAN settings option.Verify if "Use a proxy..." is checked, if so, UNcheck it and click OK/OK to exit.Now check if the internet is working again.ORGo to Start ... Run and type in cmdA dos Window will appear.Type in the dos window: netsh winsock resetClick on the enter key.Reboot your system to complete the process.Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking How to enter safe mode(XP/Vista)Using the F8 MethodRestart your computer. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Select the option for Safe Mode with Networking using the arrow keys. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode. >>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
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Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to ... Read more

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Hello...

I'm new to this forum but have heard good things.

Like an idiot, I followed an online tutorial that purportedly would speed up Win XP. It (or rather I) screwed up my system to the point I couldn't even cut and paste or back up my data.

I finally followed Microsoft's instructions for a repair reinstall (not the recovery mode option); however, Windows will install to a point and then indicate there's a fatal error ("The signature for Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade is invalid. The error code is 426. The service has not been started. Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error." etc. etc.)

I've done some research and it appears that since I'm using the original Win XP Service Pack One CD (the system's since been automatically upgraded to SP2) the program won't allow me to install "old" files (SP1) over "new" ones (SP2).

The machine now simply goes into a restart/reinstall loop. If I remove the CD prior to restart the machine asks for the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 CD, and when the CD's inserted, it asks for some I386 file which apparently isn't on the CD because the machine will simply repeat the above error code.

I have reviewed this forum and didn't find a similar issue; hopefully I'm not wasting anyone's time.

Are there any options? If I'm going to have to lose my data, I wouldn't even know how to do a "clean" ... Read more

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So I had some Windows issues this morning and did a repair install which seemed to fix my problem. However, durring the installation durring the copy phase (like 20-30 min range) a number of files "could not be found", even though I could find them by browsing, the install wouldnt pick them up. So I just ignored them and went on, Windows booted up fine, but internet explorer was messed up. So, I decided to try another repair install and see if I could get it right, again the copy problem, so I stuck in a Windows XP Upgrade disk and some of the "missing" files came off of that disk, but now the install keeps circling around, getting to like 9 minutes and restarting. The disk I am using is a Windows XP Home Edition (Full) with SP2, but yet all the files are not being copied from it durring this phase, what do I do?

A:Windows XP Home Repair Install Problem

try cleaning the disk

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Hi all,

Due to several fundamental errors in my Windows installation, today I decided to make a repair install of my Windows XP Home installation. I booted into my Windows disc, did all the normal stuff, and it seemed to go fine. At the end of the text-based stuff, it gave me the instruction to reboot, having moved the files it needed to the HDD, I believe.

Anyway, the jist is that the text-based stuff seemed to go fine, I rebooted as instructed, and then did NOT click to boot from the CD (which, I believe, was the right choice). I let Windows load normally but... no GUI based stuff came up to finish off the repair installation, and consequently, what I've done seems to have had no effect whatsoever.

The disc is an original OEM product, not a recovery disc or anything, and it may be worth noting that it is labelled "XRMHOEM_EN"... could this be a sign that it wouldn't be recognised when trying to finish the installation?

Thanks in advance for any help, this is really bugging me.

-Smoothie
 

A:Windows XP Home Repair Installation Fails

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Downloaded 5 page instructions to ReInstall Windows XP (sp3 Home Edition - 32bit)

Followed 4 pages of instructions. All as planned until told to allow Restart from CD in Drive. Screen shows Windows loading and in small print reads "Please wait. . . "

Now I'm waiting and waiting and waiting and never get to next step "to adjust your resolution, click "OK" to continue.
Already went thru complete Setup, saw screen which siad "Installing Devices" and entered my Product Key coreectly.
Supposedly the procedure goes thru Restart (automatically) and if I'm happy with setting, click "OK", changes will be Accepted and after another delay I should see the "Welcome" screen.

Any and all suggestions welcomed - Thanks
Tried fresh Reboot, ignoring CD rom, HD booted and got to a screen requesting "Windows Product Activation". When "no" is clicked, got normal screen but to proceed - "Windows Product Activation" reappeared. When "Yes" is clicked, monitor goes to White Screen and sits idle forever.

Is there a special way to Activate?
 

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Hello All,

I am new to this forum. It seems like the place I need to come to for a fix.
First I have an updated antivirus but it did not catch either of these nasties.
Both were encountered about one week apart while browsing the web, as far as I can tell I am pretty sure it was pages I go to usually but in both cases I saw a Java Sun logo appear but was not quick enough to kill the process before it did its job.
First Windows Repair, I managed to get my pc back to working order, more or less that is.
I then contacted the support of my antivirus (Panda) and they had me run some scans and collect information but I am still waiting for other steps 7 days later.
I have several executables that have appeared on my desktop. I have deleted some but they seem to be coming back so I have left the last ones on. They are all named null0.randomnumber.exe. I have sent one of them to Panda but they did not say anything about it, even after I specifically asked.
Windows repair messed with my user profiles. Start menu programs are mostly gone (but still in C:\program files). Favorites for my user have been switched for the All Users favorites but still in the profile. System Restore cant restore successfully to any restore point. Also the QuickLaunch keeps deleting my Outlook shortcut.
Ran all the scans i could think off (Malwarebytes, Panda local and online and a few more).
So yesterday (while still waiting for word from Panda) I got XP Home Security 2011. The Sun Java logo came on as we... Read more

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Hi!
I suppose the title is pretty strait forward...
I need to repair windows because no matter what my computer keeps restarting. Even when I go into safe mode and Last known good configuration.
But when I go to repair windows, it goes past the agreement then says:
"Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD."

Its says Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition on the CD and says Upgrade on the top... So am I able to use this CD to repair windows???

Thanks for any help!
 

A:Repair using a Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade CD

Normally yes

Please clean the disc, and possible clean the drive, using a cd cleaner disc
 

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im trying to repair install my windows xp home, but not working.
when i hit enter, then f8 to agree and then the repair option, i get 2 MORE options, which i have never gotten before, one says "press enter to upgrade" the other one says "press esc for pure installation" and the last one is press f3 to quit, well, i have tried pressing the upgrade option, but after the installation has replaced the files and reboots to continue installatoin, the screen goes black right after the windows xp home logo and precess bar, and never gets further, help?

A:Windows Xp Home Repair Install Not Working

Please run theSystem File Checker. to scan all protected files to verify their versions. If SFC discovers that a critical system file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.To use System File Checker:Go to Start > Run and type: sfc /scannowMake sure that you include a space between the c and /. This command will initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files, verify their integrity, and replace any problem files.When you try to run the System File Checker tool (Sfc.exe) on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, you may be prompted to insert the Windows XP SP2 CD. However, the System File Checker does not accept either the Windows XP SP2 CD or the original Windows XP CD. This problem occurs because the System File Checker must verify the SP2 files against the originally installed files. However, the System File Checker does not recognize the Windows XP SP2 CD or the Windows XP CD.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/900910When you use the System File Checker tool (Sfc.exe) on a Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition-based computer, you may be prompted to insert one of the following:? CD 1 from the Microsoft Windows XP Professional CD package? The Windows XP Service Pack 1 CD? The Windows XP Service Pack 2 ... Read more

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I'm running an Anytime Upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Pro on a Dell XPS16. The installation has corrupted files that I have been unable to fix through the SFC utility or other means. I'm thinking my most desirable option would be to use the Home Premium installation CD that came with the laptop to do an "Upgrade" (repair) installation. However, my understanding is that because I upgraded from Home Premium to Pro, my only option, at this point, is to do a Custom installation, which will wipe out my applications and settings. Is that the case? Any advice would be much appreciated.

A:How to repair Windows after Home Premium to Pro upgrade

Thought windows anytime upgrade died a while ago, what exactly do you need advice on ?

Have you ever done a clean install ?

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Did the corrupt files start after the upgrade ?

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Hello All,

I am trying to run a Windows 7 Repair installation and the install is stopping because I have a more recent version of Windows than what is on my DVD. Which is true. I am running Window 7 SP1 and the DVD is just Windows 7.

I am following the tutorial here:

Repair Install

I basically chose an "upgrade" vs "custom" when I was asked about the type of upgrade that I wanted to run. The installation proceeded and then stopped and stated that I had a more current version of Windows than what I was trying to install.

Can I still run a repair install?

Thanks, Bill

A:Windows Repair Installation for Home Premium 7 64 Bit will not run

I've heard of this problem before.

Not sure, but I think the solution may be to download an ISO of Windows 7 with SPI, burn it to a disc, and then run the repair install from that disk.

Get the ISO from mydigitallife.info.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/offici...digital-river/

Let others confirm this as a solution. I'm just going from memory.

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Hi,

I have a Lenovo G550 laptop with Intel Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit running fine until yesterday. All of a sudden all the processes were getting closed forcefully and I've been getting error messages to Send information or to Dismiss message. And then it suggested e to perform disk checking so I tried restarting to get the following message.

Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt. Status:Oxc000014C

I tried all the boot options like booting in Safe mode, Last known good configuration but to no success.

I tried to repair using a Windows Vista DVD(which works fine),
Press any key to boot from CD/DVD...
I see a progress bar saying Windows is loading files.....
After that I get Microsoft Corporation progress bar but instead of getting Install Windows screen I get a black screen.
After 10 mins or so I get a movable mouse pointer on the black screen. And that's it, it remains the same for ages.

Is there a way to restore without losing my data. I am at wits end as to how to solve this problem.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

A:Windows Vista Home Premium repair problem

Since the Vista DVD can't boot, I would suspect bad RAM. It could also be a scratched disc, or bad DVD drive. Lets start with seeing that the RAM is good. Go download memtest, burn the iso, and boot with it. Then let the test run over night. It it is still running in the morning, then RAM is good.
 

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I need help with repair. It's not a loop, it's just stuck at trying to fix a problem. It says its attempting repairs, but its been attempting for about 24 hours now. I have no idea what happened. It flashed BSOD for like a millisecond, then restarting, prompting me to start Repair, so I do, then it stays on the repair screen for...24 hrs...and its not doing an infinite loops. Please help me, I'd like to get back to playing my Minecraft.

Windows 7 Home x86
Intel iCore i5
nvidia GeForce
500 GB DDR3
4 GB Ram

A:Endless Startup Repair Windows 7 Home x86 No Discs

try following the instructions in the following link:

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Even though it says "loop"; still just try those steps anyway.

And in the end if it comes down to it you may very well have to do a complete clean install as that probably will be the only way to resolve this issue(s) in the end.

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Hi,

I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium on it. Recently I shut it down incorrectly and now windows is all screwed up. I'd like to do a repair install but all I have is a Windows 7 Professional DVD. I remember a while back I was able to install onther versions of Windows XP from an XP professional disc. Can I do the same with my Windows 7 DVD? If so how?

Thanks in advance!

A:Can I repair install Windows 7 Home from a Windows 7 Professional DVD?

try a system restore first.
System Restore

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Hey All,

So I am pretty sure that my Windows 7 home premium installation has become corrupted somehow. I've just noticed thins not 'working' well and have been experiencing more and more BSODs over time.

I have ran many disk / system file checks (sfc /scannow), and it states that there are certain files that are corrupt but cannot be repaired.

When I try to run a 'Startup Repair' from my Windows 7 DVD it is unable to find ANY Windows Installations, which concerns me.. and therefore leaves me no options to fix.
Yesterday, I decided to try and do a 'upgrade' repair from the Windows 7 DVD in hopes that it would completely clean/replace all system files.

It took forever, but finally upgraded. All my files remained (which is what I wanted), however, nothing seems to have changed.

When I tried to do the startup repair, it still dosen't find any Windows installations on my system.. which makes NO SENSE.

Obviously I have a working windows installation, since if I take OUT the Windows 7 DVD, it will boot normally, and things seem to be working (other than a few weird glitches/ BSODs everyonce and a while).
Can you please help me with the following:

1). Is there some 100% method to see if my Windows 7 Installation is corrupted / not working right?
2). If Startup Repair dosen't recognize any Windows installation, does this mean my installation is corrupted?
3). Is there anyway to fix the Startup Repair?
4). I am trying to AVOID having to completely clean-install Windows 7, ho... Read more

A:Windows 7 - Home Premium x64 | Startup Repair System Installation

Why not invest now in a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which you can then save after setup as a backup image and never have to reinstall again.

You'll get and keep a perfect install to the extent you stick with the tools and methods in the tutorial.

Otherwise post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums.

You can sometimes force Win7 install to show in WinRe by running these steps How to run the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows.

But we need to make sure the correct partition is still marked Active so post back the screenshot first.

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Good afternoon.

I read through the forums for help regarding a startup repair loop.

Every forum lead me to this website, or tutorial:
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

I've tried almost everything on there, except a factory recovery because I have too many valuable things in my computer that I would end up losing if I do so.

Is there a way to fix this situation?

I've tried:
Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery
Several times but it doesn't work.
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
Multiple times, leaving the last step out and it doesn't work.

I'm not sure what I have to do in order to fix this.

It started yesterday around 6AM, computer restarted on its own, I thought it was just a simple restart. Went to sleep, woke up with this startup repair loop.
It's the same as most of the posts regarding this issue, mine is CorruptFile.

Please help!
Thank you.

A:Windows 7 Home Premium (64Bit) Startup Repair Loop

What were the results of SFC -SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot?

Is this factory preinstalled Win7? If so you may be suffering from the corruption inherent with all of the preinstalled crapware and useless OEM utilities which have much better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts wouldn't even run such an install without Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Getting and maintaining a perfect reinstall is better than getting a new computer.

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at a repair install to fix a bootup problem, during the Installing Devices... part of installation on windows xp home setup comes to a point where the little working animation in the corner continues but nothing happens. i've left setup on overnight and it was at the same point in the morning.
i've tried 1) restarting setup (several times), including running a new one from the boot disc 2) disabled USB, network, comm, and sound from BIOS before setup.... don't know what else to do (other than reformatting, which i really don't want to do). any help anyone?
 

A:Windows XP Home repair install hangs at 35 minutes remaining

Ive seen some cases where Windows Setup would hang if more than 256MB memory was installed - but thats a bit far fetched.

What you could try is moving all the files in C:\Windows\INF to a temp folder such as C:\tempinf, then run setup again.

ps. you dont need to format the drive, simply delete C:\Windows and C:\ProgramFiles so windows start fresh.
 

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I have successfully created a Windows 7 Repair Disc using the "Create a system repair disc" from Control_Panel->Backup_and_Restore

When I attempt to reboot, using the Repair Disc I have just created, everything appears to work - Loads files, Windows wavy flag, etc. however; just as I am about to get into the real stuff I receive the following message:

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair.

This is exactly the ssame message I get if I boot from the original Window 7 DVD and elect Repair option

Anyone any ideas what is going on and where can I go next

This is really important to me as when I use F8 during Post I do not have the options to repair the system here either and it freaks me a bit to be unable to repair the system should anything happen

A:Windows 7 Home x64 SP1 Repair disc - unable to start recovery

Did you burn a 64 bit Repair disk?

Are you running RAID1 by any chance?

I'm not getting much traction googling the error text. Perhaps you should take over.

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Cannot Repair Windows 7, 64 bit, with Disk provided with computer.

My problem started with right clicking on a remote drive and hoping to view the Properties of the drive. I got that infamous "Windows explorer has stopped working" message.

I tried most of the solutions listed on the forum to no avail.

As a last resort I was going to use the disk provided and access the repair capability. That did come up but when selected I got the message "This version of System Recovery Options in not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows".

Has anyone run into this? Other than the above everything seems to function OK.

I do use MS Security Essentials and Spybot Home.

Thanks in advance

A:Win 7 Disk Repair Function Don't Work

Is the system failing to start now? What messages are you getting at startup?

Is this a pre-built system or a home built PC? If it's pre-built (DELL, HP, etc) turn off the PC and restart, as soon as you turn the power on press F8 repeatedly until you get to the alternate boot menu. There should be an option to Repair Computer which should allow you to access the repair function.

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Hello everyone

I decided to make this post because I used to have a lot of problems with xp logo. Somehow it look like, with help of google, I fixed it but it doesn't work as it should, so I would like to kindly please for your help.
Here is description:
About a week and a half ago when I boot my PC (no matter from restart or from turning PC on), it used to freeze when XP Logo appeared on the screen. Everything I have done (before this began) was uninstalling, reinstalling and using once Spybot Search & Destroy. Progress bar stopped in the middle of "filling". I haven't been able to come to the desktop. I couldn't use safe mode and I was getting the error message:
"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked. If a previouns setup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed or if you aren't sure what caused the problem choose start windows normally.
Safe mode
Safe mode with networking
Safe mode with command prompt
Last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked).
Start Windows normally."

Bootable Windows XP (I had SP2) always worked.
However I fixed this pro... Read more

A:Repair Function - Majority Unwanted Changes

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I'm using an application which is using MAPI functionalities. OL 2000 needs another version of this file. Therefore the self-repair function tries to replace it all the time when I start OL2000. I'd like to disable this feature. Does anybody know how to do so?
 

A:How to disable repair function in OL2000?

From what I know, the repair function is automatic and can not be turned off. The only solution I can give you is to contact Microsoft and see if they have the file you need.
 

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Hi:
The troubleshooter & Repair tool has stopped functioning since I have updated my Windows version to 2004 (OS Build 19041.1). Could you tell me is there any way that I can get it fixed?
Thanks,


RezaNiazi

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I'm having all sorts of problems with my computer (Windows Explorer shutting down, DVD drive not reading blank or used DVD+Rs correctly, etc). Tried to repair using SFC /Scannow but since it says that there are files that are missing or replaced by other files it asks for the SP2 CD- which I don't have since it was an automatic download.

1. Any way to remove SP2? It's not listed in the add/remove programs?
2. If I put in the SP1a CD, will it repair Windows to the SP1A setting WITHOUT causing me to lose all my data?
3. Are there problems with the updates from last week because all the problems started after the seven automatic downloads.
4. Can I download the SP2 somewhere online and run it to correct the problems?
 

A:Can I Use Os Cd Sp1a To Repair Damanged Sp2?, Trying to repair XP Home SP2

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My son recently bought himself Skyrim for his HP Probook4525a laptop (which he also bought himself, so it's not top of the line). He said that it doesn't play well, glitches or freezes. He has tried reinstalling it a couple of times.

I see that it requires 2gb ram, but his laptop shows 1.8gb. So I assumed that means I should add ram. My brother told me he needs a new hard drive or video card. How the heck do you know what to add or change?

I tried scanning at crucial.com but after I open the download nothing happens. No results, nothing.
 

A:How do I know what to upgrade/repair on laptop for game to function well?

using the laptop in question go here; http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri
select Skyrim from the games menu and run a test. It will point out the areas that fall short. (with the java problems of late, you may want to download and install the test scanner if you have Java disabled)

also, the 1.8 gigs shown does mean 2 gigs. just the way computers read the bits and stuff. Also might not be showing the chunk of Ram it took for video memory. (All depends on what is in the system specs.)
More ram would help, but for heavy 3D games usually a graphics card is the best option.

Think TSG has a system analyzer, might want to run that on the laptop so we can see what is in it.
 

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I started up my laptop the other morning an just as windows is loading a BSOD flashes for a millisecond and then the computer restarts. It did this 5 times in a row before I finally gave up. I found the windows vista cd that came with the computer and booted from it. Once the DVD loaded I clicked accept and it took me straight to a new install with no repair function which should be included on the recovery disc. I rebooted multiple times, here is no repair option. To make matters worse, I only have 5.9 gigs free on my hd and vista requires 6.6 to install. The only option I have is to reformat the drive, which is out of the question as I have lots of documents saved that I cannot lose. So at the moment the recovery DVD is useless to me, and I cannot load windows to delete some files to make room for a new install.

I took a video of the loading screen and was able to pause it at the frame when the BSOD flashes, here is the stop message: STOP: 0xc0000005, 0x00000200, 0x83354964.

I tried removing one stick of ram at a time thinking maybe one had gone bad it didn't make a difference. I'm at a loss right now. No matter how I try to load windows, safe mode, etc, I get a BSOD and it restarts, and my windows recovery DVD is useless with my hd nearly full.
 

A:BSOD during startup, no repair function on recovery cd

Nobody? There's no way to delete files/folders without using the command prompt on the recovery disc?

This really makes no sense and I'm beyond frustrated. Why is there no repair selection when I boot from the vista DVD.
 

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Dear Everyone,

Sorry to trouble all of you, but I've pretty much exhausted my google-fu. Thus, I figured that I should stop trying to throw things against the wall, and rather just see if there's someone wiser here who can help me out. Now, before you tell me, I am totally aware that I could easily cut my losses just by doing a re-install, which would make the Windows.Old folder and such, most of which can be easily put back via a command prompt script. However, being that this computer has software whose installation disks I do not have, I do NOT want to do a re-install, since it'll break program association and possibly other things which I cannot correct by re-installing them.

As far as I know, the machine in question is a Dell XPS M1530, with Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, Nvidia 8400M GS, 2GB RAM, and WD Scorpio Blue 250GB Hard Drive. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate, upgraded from Vista Home Premium, with all updates, software patches, and security fixes current according to Windows Update. As far as virus and malware goes, it has ESET NOD32 v4.7, Malware Bytes, and Spybot-S&D installed, with each being fully updated and scans immediately prior to the crash stating that the machine was clean. In addition, after the crash, I attempted to scan it with Avira, Dr. Webb, and Hiren's Boot CD, all of which stated that the machine is free of infection/threat.

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A:Dell XPS M1530 Startup Repair Loop, Offline SFC does NOT function

Nevermind, see you tried Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery... It appears you have done everything humanly possible to fix it through Windows. Try TestDisk through PartedMagic which you can obtain from the Ultimate Boot CD Overview through the download link.

Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide will help you repair the hard disk partitions.

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I have had a series of problems,mainly with Excel. I have been able to work around them by "restoring" my computer to a previous date. However, last week I found that all my Restore Points had disappeared! My "Missing Manual" book says that they can't be deleted and that they are in a folder called "System Volume Information" (this is a hidden file). I can't find this - no surprise- the Search function in XP Home can barely find the C drive! Can anyone help me with this, or at least, tell me what I did to Delete these "Undeletable" files? I have checked the system files and the Restore function is turned on and has plenty of memory.
 

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I have never seen this error before, in fact I don't know what
incorrect function refers to. Hope someone can tell me how
to change this. I'm dual booting win XP home and Linux (on
separate partitions). I know that the drives are ok because
they work just fine in Linux. I was on vacation for six weeks,
and the drives worked ok in win XP, but not since I came home. The drives (2) show up in My Computer, but won't
let me use them. System Restore does not go back far
enough to correct this. I have uninstalled the drives and
reinstalled them, but still get the same error message.
"Access denied - incorrect function". Does anyone have any
ideas? Thanks.
 

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please help me! a friend gave me their old computer to IM w/ my hubby in iraq, i have been using it for about i month now, things were great till about 1 week ago. my home page was diff. when i turned it on. i reloaded yahoo toolbar, as that is my home page, and ran spyware, it found a homepage hijacker wh/ i deleted and a dialer, also removed. seems ok, but there is still a strange toolbar at top and almost every site i visit gray box pops up: this program has performed an illegal function and will be shut down! then says there was an error in internet explorer and shuts down my windows. i restart and same thing. sometimes window freezes! very very annoying, do i need a new computer, is this something i have done? asking too much of an old comp? can i fix it? or is it my dial up service? please help me. bear in mind i am new to computers and dont know alot of tech language. thanks SSunni

A:illegal function? hijack home page? help please!!

Please download HijackThis. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Run a scan and save the log file. Post the whole log file here. Do not fix anything since most of them listed there are harmless (some are system required). This program will help us determine if there is any spyware/malware on your computer.

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When inserting a USB key, a window with the following message (I think - or something very similar) appeared:

"Found New Hardware

Windows needs to install driver software

3rd option:
Don't show this message again for this device.
Your device will not function until you install driver software."

The USB key has programs/info for accessing a bank account.

I accidentally hit the "Don't show this message again" option, and now the computer does not even recognize that the USB key is plugged in. Which means the key doesn't work and I cannot log into the bank account.

IS THERE SOME WAY TO UNDO/REVERSE THIS "OPTION" SO THAT THE COMPUTER WILL INTERFACE WITH THE KEY?

If I were to request a new USB key from the bank, would this circumvent the problem or would the computer think it is the same device for which I said "Don't show this message again."?

For whatever reason, the computer is not successfully restoring to a prior time point, so this is not an option for correcting things.

Thanks for your help.

A:Does Vista Home Premium have some sort of Undo function?

Go to Control panel/autorun and see if the device is listed, if it is change the option for it

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If I click on Start and type a file name in the search box above the Windows icon I immediately get a response with possible files shown. If I go Start and click on Search on the right hand side the window opens but if I type in a file name in the search box nothing happens. There is no response at all. Has anybody got any ideas? I would be extremely grateful.
Thanks
minder1
 

A:Search function in Vista Home Basic not working

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hey,
The search function doesn't work anymore on my daughter's laptop.
When she enters a name of a file the magnifying glass leaves for an 'x' and nothing happens.
Using advanced searched,messing with indexing don't work.
The "search" in windows explorer (explorer bar) is just a blank area.
We can't use scannow,laptop came up without windows disk.

Any workaround?
Thx in advance

(Sorry for the french,it's just vista home,we would have to upgrade (ultimate or professionnal) to change the language... lol)



 

A:search function not working on vista home edition

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Is this what the future has come to? When I have a fatal problem with my OS I have to start all over again? XP repair install is way better than this.

A:Is 'Upgrade install even meant to function as a repair install at all?

In Windows 7, a repair install is also known as an "in-place upgrade install". This tutorial explains how to perform a repair install and also shows how to obtain a legal installation disk if one is needed.

Repair Install

I've successfully repaired several Windows 7 machines and in each case it took less than 90 minutes. After completing the process it will be necessary to reinstall Windows Updates. That could take another 90 minutes or more depending on how many updates are available.

Some folks prefer doing a clean install just to get rid of the factory bloatware and start off with a wiped hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared a tutorial on how to clean reinstall a factory OEM machine.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

And the basic clean install tutorial.

Clean Install Windows 7

Hope this helps.

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Can I Repair XP Pro with XP Home CD? I misplaced my XP Pro CD and I was wondering if it's possible to repair Windows with the Home CD.
 

A:Repair XP Pro with XP Home CD?

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