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Trying to repair fathers XP home machine


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Rikterscale

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Hey there everyone.

I'm trying to run a repair for my fathers computer. He has XP home that wont boot. So I want to boot from the CDRom (Change the boot sequence in BIOS)to repair his system and hopefully save his data. The problem is, I don't have a valid XP home disc, and niether does he! Is there something I can do besides buying a new XP home OS? I don't want to do anything illegal and that will give me nothing but problems in the future anyway.

I have a valid XP Pro disc with product key,but not a home disc. My IT teacher told me to run SFC - system file checker - in the run line. What does that mean? I can't even GET to the run line because the computer wont even boot.

Wanna help my Pop, what to do!?!?

Thanks

Richard

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    Kraków my love :)

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SFC will check for corrupt Windows files, but if it finds corrupt files, it'll ask for Windows CD anyway.
You may borrow Windows CD to run sfc /scannow command, but it must be a CD with exactly same Windows version, and same service pack as on your computer.
You may want to provide more info regarding "it won't boot". What does exactly happen?
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I have another thread talking about this same topic. So I'll concentrate on that one. This thread can be deleted.

Richard
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