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I'm having registry key errors in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,well over 50 of the keys says cannot open: Error while opening key. A few people suggested to me to do a repair install, and I also saw in the guide tutorial how to fix corrupt files, I'm not sure if that would help me though. Since I'm having registry issues my MS Paint, Calculator, Microsoft Games (backgammon, checkers, etc...) are missing. I can't download some programs eg: adobe programs, I often get an Hkey error sometimes nothing happens at all when I try to install, the setup wont run. I want to do the repair install, but I can't find my Windows XP CD, is it possible for me to do the repair install or fix corrupt files without the CD?
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No

You can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD to check the files, or for a repair, using your product key
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okay, thank you.
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This is to check the system files

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc defragmenter

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

You can also start this with task manager, file, new task, type sfc /scannow then press enter

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot


This is to repair XP using your product key

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the power button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

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thanks, for the most part my problem is now solved.
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Thank You for letting me know
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You could install the repair console without an XP CD if there's an i386 folder in X:\WINDOWS\

try this:

Start>Run>X\WINDOWS\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

*Were X is your main windows drive letter


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