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reinstalling windows gone really really really wrong


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Actually...it sounds as if you might have an upgrade disk, vs a Windows XP CD. Please confirm that your disk looks like this:
http://download.micr..._XP_FULL_CD.jpg
except that, instead of Professional, it may say "Home."
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yes i have the windows xp disc and not the upgrade one :whistling:

Edited by bui_skillz, 11 November 2006 - 02:25 AM.

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ok I think you may have blitzed your windows install so lets see what we can do.
Start the computer and start tapping F8 What happens ? I am not really expecting anything but with computers who knows.
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nope no luck
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ok we are running out of options here
Can you burn cd or dvd on both machines?
I am thinking we burn a linux disk boot (on laptop)boot from this on the desktop burn off files that are needed then try to fix windows.
Or do you have a mate with a desktop we can slave your drive to, copy off the data then try to fix your drive.
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ok well my university semester is over already
i don't think we need the data on my computer
so do u think you can teach me how to fix my drive and remove all my data?
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setup has alreayd attempted to upgrade the following windows installation.

This is odd an upgrade message ? is this an upgrade from 98 or ME ?
I assume your computer is set to boot from the cd.
Put your XP cd in the drive and reboot so it starts from the CD.
Have a look at this link.
Repair XP
Do you get the same options?
We want the repair option AFTER the ELUA not the repair with recovery console option that comes up
with the setup option.

Cheers
Peterm
PS
does your machine and the laptop have a floppy drive?
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i get all those optiosn but when i press R to 'repair the selected window XP installation' it brings me to my original setup error message that showed you guys

do you think its time for me to call in for professional help?
or is my computer so stuffed it cannot be repaired anymore
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It can be repaired
If we reformat then you loose all data all programs and you have to reinstall all up dates.
If you have data you need we can always try to pull it off with Linux.
We can also look at installing another xp as a temp.
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how do i reformat my computer?
i cant continue using this laptop
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Have you got any data you need on any drives
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i dont have any data i need
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To completely erase all data on the drive(s)

Click this to download Boot and Nuke

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so to format a 200 GB Hard Drive, then when you run Windows set up, check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C

Will you only be installing XP now
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hey guys i searched through some documents and i found that i had a guarantee still to fix any hardware problems
so they did a 6 hour disc scan and found that alot of dust had got into the monitor and there was considerable damage so there givin me a new computer and all :whistling:
thanks for all your help
cheers from Australia!
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