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Can't get back into windows XP :( Help!


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erm...
okay pressing enter at the first screen would indicate that you wanted to install windows...
I have done so...I get the user agreement? and Im assuming the f8 would be accepting it?
I did this early today so Im just trying to remember...
after accepting it, it goes to the blue screen and I get the page_fault in nonpaged_area...
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Try it again using the order of commands I sugested...if you can get past the third screen, it should repair the operating system. It will look just like a new install, but it's not. :whistling:
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Le Sigh
nada nothing
did it text book the way you told me, enter, f8 won't let me get past the license agreement, same old same old blue screen error..
this is boggling me...
I have an install cd for windows xp home...(Im running xp pro) its for sp 1a, would the install program be any different on that? Its from dell...
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My friend told me I had a virus...but I safeguard the system pretty well...Im not sure if thats the case
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Download Memtest

Run it overnight if possible

Using Memtest
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is that a scanner to check for corrupt memory? I just don't know how I would get it onto my computer...Im on a dell with no cd burner...
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There is a floppy version, or you can use another PC to download and compile it
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Im gonna have to find another pc to do this considering this POS dell has no floppy disc...
so you think it might have something to do with the memory?
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Im gonna have to find another pc to do this considering this POS dell has no floppy disc...
so you think it might have something to do with the memory?
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It's a possibility and worth checking
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Okay will do..
is there anything other than that I can do right now?
does that cryptic blue screen with page_fault in nonpaged_area, mean anything? or is it just microsoft blabbering?
I just don't even know how it won't let me use the disk to repair the innitial problem, the missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system, with this new problem...
thanks again
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Check the RAM Memory then you can look at other things
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Ugh...
I have literally tried everything I can think of for this evening....
this is not fun...
I even actually tried to swap memory from this computer to my computer
no difference or change in problem
one thing I have noticed though...
earlier today...whe I hit f8 to try and get to the boot menu for safe mode, I could at least do that...
Id pick safe mode and them boom thats where the error for windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt message shows up
NOW when I hit f8....it doesn't even bring me to that boot screen, just goes straight to the error
aye well...so it goes..
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Ugh...
I have literally tried everything I can think of for this evening....
this is not fun...
I even actually tried to swap memory from this computer to my computer
no difference or change in problem
one thing I have noticed though...
earlier today...whe I hit f8 to try and get to the boot menu for safe mode, I could at least do that...
Id pick safe mode and them boom thats where the error for windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt message shows up
NOW when I hit f8....it doesn't even bring me to that boot screen, just goes straight to the error
aye well...so it goes..
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I really hate reviving this thread so much but, I just graduated college and I have nothing else to do with a bum computer!
so I took matters into my own hands...took the hard drive out and put it in this dell as a slave
hoping I could save all my needed data to my external drive...
hooked up the drive...
everything works fine
recognized it...had all the folders
I can't find any of my personal folders!! none of my pictures and stuff
which should be on the desktop and should be in the my documents folder...
in that folder there is another folder with my name on it...but it says its empty and access is denied when I click on it, why? I do a search for a specific personal folder, nothing comes up..
does having the drive as a slave have limitations?
any help greatly appreciated
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