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WinXP: Cannot repair my Windows XP installation, that or the other way


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Greetings to everyone and especially to the geekstogo regulars.

I have a HP laptop that came with Windows XP SP1 preinstalled when I bought it. Since then however, when struck with a virus I did format the HDD and used that very same CD to reinstall Windows XP SP1 from scratch.

The installation proceeded and finished succesfully thus the laptop was performing very well for almost 2-3 years until last week since, when all of a sudden, the system won't boot up at all. It shows the loading screen and just before the log-on screen appears a blue screen pops-up and very quickly vanished. All I get to read is that it has to do with a registry problem.

I've read the guide on this site and on various sites too, but none of the approaches seem to work for my case.

When using the CD, I installed Windows XP SP1 from I never get to the:
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
prompt, ever, even thought I follow the instructions to the letter.

When trying to use the workaround mentioned here I am not able to perform this step:
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
which could not happen because that file is 2 GB's (I presume).

Well, is there any other way of working this out?
Can you think of a reason why I can't get to the repair prompt?

Sorry for making a new post while there's a relevant thread, but I was instructed to do so.

Thanks in advance.

Relevant links:
How-to repair Windows XP, How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
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You put the CD in and boot the PC, you see press any key to load from CD, you press enter

What happens then?
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Well, then I get to see windows loading drivers and finally a screen pops up where I choose:
To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER by pressing ENTER, then I accept the license agreement by pressing F8 and then the screen that shows me my Windows XP Installation dows not offer me the desired option to repair my Windows XP Installation.
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What does it show, just an install option
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Well it shows a screen that looks like that:

Windows XP Professional Setup
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The following list shows the existing partitions and
unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

  • To set up Windows on the selected partition press ENTER.
  • To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
  • To delete the selected partition, press D.


61444 MB Disk 0 at id 0 on bus 0 on atari [MBR]
C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" 61440 MB
Unpartiotioned space 4 MB


Well, any hints?

Edited by olspookishmagus, 15 July 2006 - 08:06 AM.

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I did it!
And here's how...

Like I said on my initial post I was unable to perform the second method of trying to fix the problem described here and I was having problem on the second step. The problem was that when I executed:

copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
the output was:

The file could not be copied
With a more thorough look inside the newly created directory tmp was that there was a system.bak file from the previous step and a $$TEMP$$.~~~ file which looked like as if the system was not able to perform a copy request due to a HDD problem. Then I executed:

CHKDSK /R
which claimed that it found and corrected some errors.

On the next boot-up I was able to repair my Windows installation. Consider this thread closed, then.
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Thank You for posting it
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