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loco4ever

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Ok I ran a tuneup for my regestry and I delete a file that I wasn't supposed to do ..So I put in my Windows Xp proCd that came with it ..So I want to do a repair !! IT started to repair then it stop .It keeps starting and shutting off a blue screen comes on saying the setup up is restarting and nothing happens and it shuts off and repeats the same thing over and over !! Any adivce to same all my files or is my computer dead ,I need to get my wedding pic's or my wife will kill me ,when she returns on Wednesday !!!! Please help me !!! :whistling: :blink: :help: :) :lol: :rofl:
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Hello loco4ever...

Have you tried starting the machine in Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key during bootup?

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Ok you should be able to almost definately save your files.

1: Make sure to save files, mainly pictures of wedding, then worry about fixing computer. **Don't want you to die**
2: Take out your harddrive, carefully -making sure to remove static electricity by touching case- and change the plug to slave.
3: Put the harddrive into another turned off computer.
4: Start up the computer and windows will recognize the harddrive and install it.
5: After the harddrive is installed you should be able to browse the harddrive and find the files.
6: Copy those files to another harddrive, prolly host computer.
7: Thank God you saved the pictures!

Ok now to fix your original computer<or if you don't have another computer to try the harddrive>
1: To get into safe mode keep pressing F5 after the black screen once you first turn on your computer
2: Now it will ask you what to do, go into SAFE MODE.
3: If everything goes as planned you will enter into Windows XP under Safe Mode.
4: Now grab that floppy, cd, flashdrive, or whatever to save those pics after saving the pics then save everything else needed.
5: While still in Safe Mode do a System Restore; Start>Control Panel>System Restore
6: Restore to a previous date before you erased the registry file.

If none of the above works-----
If none of the above has worked for you to fix your computer, hopefully after you have already saved the pics, then just reinstall windows xp pro.

If you need anymore help just post us back up. :blink:

HOPE SHE SPARES YOUR LIFE :whistling:
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OK I can go into safe mode then I try to reboot in safe mood and then screen comes up in safe mood for about 5 seconds then it restarts..It reboots to the regular screen of windows xp and it say's the setup is being restarted? I guess when I tried to repair xp pro it got interupted and it work get out of that mode !! Maybe I have the Wrong xp cd to repair it with ! Any other advice ,I am tying to to figure it out how to take it out and put it in another computer .I am not a computer whiz!! I HOPE the weddong pi'c are still there !!!
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:whistling: :blink: :help: Ok this there a web site that I can learn more about adding a second sata drive to a computer with detail directions .. Do Sata have jumpers , When installed will XP find it ,Do I have to do anything in the bios, Can I use the same cables setting as a slave on the next computer ,Is there a way to make that hardrive a external drive and hook it up to make usb port ,In my current status w/my problem how is that gonna work making it a slave in another computer if on the computer already it won't even boot up in Windows ??
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Lots of questions, but I can help you out.

1. Sata does have jumpers, do you have a sata drive or ide drive?, and whenever you at the harddrive their usually is some writing to show you which pins to put the jumper in so that you make the harddrive a slave. If you anymore help with this just ask, I'm trying to write quickly because I have to go to school.

External Harddrive enclosures ---
http://www.tigerdire...a...CatId=1204

2. Ok when you plug this slaved harddrive into another computer the bios should have no problem configuring it and then windows should not have a problem installing it. So your setup is Windows XP PRo on master, and non working Windows XP PRo on slave. The master drive will be the one to boot up so the slave is used just to view the contents of the drive.

3. Their is a way to make the harddrive external, by purchasing an external enclosure for it.

4. As long as you have a working computer, taking your messed up windows harddrive, slaving it, and putting it in a good computer will allow you to view the contents. What happens is master harddrive will boot and the slave will just be viewed.

**I'm sorry I had to write the info down quickly, but I will be back home later this day to help more. If you need any pics to give you a visualization I can take those with my camera and give them to you.**


Also wedding pictures should still be there, its just windows xp that is messed up. :whistling:

Edited by Bobbydoo8, 19 September 2006 - 05:29 AM.

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Can you give us a little more information on your machine? Make and model number would be helpful. Don't pull the hard drive quite yet...we may have other options.
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I have a dell 4800 dimesion desktop computer the hard drive is 250 ,I did have XP Pro working on it then I tried to repair it with the oringal xp cd in and it failed in the middle of it and it won't continue it keeps saying the setup is restarting !!I hope I can retrieve thhe information off this hard drive or my wife will kill !!!me !!! :whistling: :blink: :help: :) :lol: :rofl: ...i just remember the xp os only can be loaded on two comuter from Microsoft right ! Where can I get one w/the os xp pro and the repair one all in one !!
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I have a Sata drive on my dell !! :whistling:
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The installation cd that came with your machine should have the repair feature...

Disconnect all external hardware on the machine except the keyboard and mouse (desktop). Put the XP cd into the drive and reboot.

Run the repair again using This Guide. Let us know if it fails to complete.
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I would not try to repair the operating system first, because there can be problems. Trust me after several bad repairs on systems, I have realized it is much easier to take the harddrive out first then repair the system<that way you will not lose any information>.

The pictures seem to be the most important thing you're willing to save so I would make sure you save them by taking out the harddrive as stated and copying over those files. After you have completed that procedure then you can simply reinsert the harddrive and then worry about saving the system.

Taking out the harddrive is not as complicated as it seems and you will face smaller problems, but when you look to repairing the system, serious errors can occur.

Simply my opinion because I do not want to see you lose those pictures. :whistling:

I hate repair cd's and windows system repair because they almost always seem to cause more of a problem than actually helping.

Edited by Bobbydoo8, 19 September 2006 - 09:02 AM.

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If you want to do the harddrive extraction to another computer....

1. Unplug power connector and sata cable from harddrive
2. Change jumper<as seen in picture, the white piece comes off the pins and then put it back onto different pins//the slave pins// to change it>to slave
3. Plug sata cable and power connector into working computer with jumper set on slave
**Be careful with sata connectors on the motherboard because they are fragile**

4. Turn on working computer
5. Bios finds and configures drive
6. Windows starts and installs hardware
7. Access the drive and copy pictures over

There ya go! :whistling:

Post back up if you run into any problems.

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Edited by Bobbydoo8, 19 September 2006 - 12:04 PM.

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OK i HAVE IT UP AND RUNNING A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS IS THERE A WAY i CAN TRANSFER THE FILES TO THE C DRIVE OR A WAY i CAN USE BOTH DRIVES !!
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With all the conflicting advice you were given, can you tell me what you have done to get things up and running?
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ok i tried to rebooting and pressing a key to boot from the Windows xp cd but a blue screen would come up and say setup is restarting so its still frozen from the same intial problem I started with ..So I took out the hard drive and made it a slave and now I got my files what now ???Any ideas what to do with it now I got all my files wondering if I get a new Windows Xp can I formatt it and but it back in the original computer or is there a way to fix using the exciting computer !! Any ideas ??? :whistling:
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