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XP Repair installation failed with STOP error...

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Hi. First post here, so be gentle...

To cut a ludicrously long story short, I've just had to do a Repair installation of XP but the process stopped on some long-winded STOP error message and now XP won't boot normally (something about not recognising the license) or in any of the Safe modes (installation not complete - restarting now...).

I do have an old desktop machine onto which I've put a fresh version of XP; my query now is whether (and how) I can use this second machine/drive to fix the first one?

My "damaged" XP is on a 120Gb HDD and I've got nothing anything like big enough to put all that on (one 20Gb and one 15Gb), so it's very important to me that my data and settings aren't overwritten.

Any suggestions welcomed!

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