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Windows xp repair install

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My sister has recently been having computer problems, she kept getting the blue screen. While trying to do a windows xp repair install, hitting enter when prompted, selecting the file and then typing r. It runs through, restarts and continues to setup, at first it says it will take 39 minutes. It contines until it states that it is down to 34 minutes and freezes, will not continue setting up, I have tried to restart it and it keeps saying restarting set up , then freezes again at 34 mins left to go. We really do not want to do a complete reinstall of windows because she has things on the pc that she does not want wiped out... any suggestions??
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If the system is so badly damaged that you can't recover with a repair you still have a couple of options

(1) Assuming it is XP you could do a new install of XP to a NEW FOLDER...like WINDOWS1 instead of WINDOWS

This will get the system to boot and let you access MOST of the files stored there for BACKUP / RETRIEVAL purposes

NONE of the installed applications will work but most folders will be accessible to average users (more to the experts)

Get the data off.....do a full clean new install and then put everything back

(2) take the hard drive to another computer and install it as a SLAVE device

This will also give you access to retrieve the 'mission critical' data and store it on the other computer

Then put the drive back and do a FULL install and again replace the retrieved data to the new install

No doubt there are some other options available but they would depend on your skills with PC's and may not be an option for you

Either way there will be some pain but if saving the data is the main aim then either way will do it

Sound like time to invest in a rather large USB memory stik

Good Luck

Baudy! :)
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