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i have 2 versions of xp on one computer to choose from


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My computer had shut down when installing xp so I re installed it and obviously it is on twice because it gives me the option to choose on start up. I read a post from earlier and checked My Computer and only one hard drive listing is present and i only have one hard drive otherwise my knowledge is limited so any help would be appreciated. thanks
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When you re-installed it, had you backed up any data you needed to?
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No i didn't back anything up.. i did this quite a while ago and i am not quite sure where my xp cd actually is
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After looking i found a copy of xp that came with my wife's computer if that can be any help?
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If you have your product key

Have you / can you back up data to CDR / DVDR

Click start then my computer then click local disc C then right click the windows folder, click properties, give it a minute to show the size and size on disc, possibly 4 to 4.5GB

You either have two complete versions of windows, or an invalid boot entry
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size is 2.23 gb size on disc is 1.69gb and i cannot locate product key
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Try this for the dual option at start up then reboot

http://www.theelderg...enu_entries.htm

Try this for the other bits

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor



After this, there is the option to repair, you would need to locate the product key from the registry, though we can deal with that if it is necessary
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Just out of curiosity, do you have more than one Windows folder in the C: drive?

You can also use Magic Jelly Bean to recover your product key... :whistling:

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