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sannie

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Hi,

I have the same problem... I attempted to repair with the Recovery console, but it comes up it only reads C:\> without giving me a list of OS.

Why is that? What does it mean?

Can I do the parallel installation as suggested above really WITHOUT losing my data?
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Hi sannie...

Your problem is a little different so I split the topic.

When you get to the C:> prompt, type the command chkdsk /r and press Enter

Does this start a chkdsk operation? If it does, let it run...it will take a good while to complete. Let me know how this goes.

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Yes, it started to run a chkdsk operation... I'll let you know. Thanks.
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Mmh... it was up to 73% a few minutes ago and now it jumped back to 50%... is that normal?
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Ok, the chkdsk operation is done...
it says...

chkdsk found and fixed one ore more errors on the volume.

and then a bunch of numbers of kilobytes...

what do i do next?
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Are you back at the command prompt?

If yes, type exit and press Enter.

Does it boot to Windows?
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No, I still get the same error "missing file hal.dll"
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Try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.
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Ok, I have to say that I attempted to "How To Repair or Replace Boot.ini in Windows XP"

http://pcsupport.abo...pairbootini.htm

before, because when I tried your suggested repair, I didn't get to my Windows XP, but I had the options that you mention in the other thread [reinstalling XP on one of the partitions].

So when I do a bootcfg /scan now, it comes up with an OS, but it reads

[1]: C:\found.000\dir0000.chk
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What that says is that it didn't find anything it recognizes as an operating system.

You may be able to get a parallel install on it, though...and recover your data.

Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
  • At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
  • Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
  • With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
  • Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
  • To continue setup using this partition, press C
  • Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
  • To use a different folder, press Esc
  • Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The Windows installation should begin. This will install Windows to a new folder, leaving your data intact. Any programs installed on the old directory will have to be reinstalled to the new one. Device drivers will also have to be installed for all the hardware to work as it should.

The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.
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It's for sure I won't lose my data?
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When a parallel installation is done correctly, your data will be preserved intact in it's original user account folder.

Be sure that, when you are offered the formatting options, you choose the option to "Leave the current file system intact (no changes)". Name the new directory as suggested...WINDOWS0
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When do I get the option to name a new folder?
It started copying files right away.
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Now it restarted... showed me 3 systems to boot from and then started setting up the top one... is that all correct so far?
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UPDATE: Was able to successfully parallel install an OS and can access my old files.

Is there a way to restore the old system now that I have access to it?

Edited by sannie, 31 January 2007 - 03:25 AM.

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