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1. Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD and assure that your CD-ROM drive is capable of booting the CD.
2. Once you have booted from CD, do NOT
select the option that states: Press F2 to initiate the Automated System Recovery (ASR) tool
You’re going to proceed until you see the following screen, at which point you will press the “R”
key to enter the recovery console:
3. After you have selected the appropriate option from step two, you will be prompted to select a valid Windows installation (typically number “1″
Select the installation number, and hit Enter
If there is an administrator password for the administrator account, enter it and hit Enter
(if asked for the password, and you don't know it, you're out of luck).
You will be greeted with this screen, which indicates a recovery console at the ready:
4. There are eight commands you must enter in sequence to repair any of the issues I noted in the opening of this guide.
I will introduce them here, and then show the results graphically in the next six steps.NOTE
. Make sure, you press Enter after each command. Make sure, all commands are exact, including "spaces".
These commands are as follows:CD..
ATTRIB -H C:\\boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:\\boot.ini
ATRIB -R C:\\boot.ini
BOOTCFG /RebuildNote about the above command.BOOTCFG /REBUILD
command which searches for pre-existing installations of Windows XP and rebuilds sundry essential components of the Windows operating system, recompiles the BOOT.INI file and corrects a litany of common Windows errors.It is very important that you do one or both of the following two things:
A.) Every Windows XP owner must use /FASTDETECT
as OS Load Option
when the rebuild process is finalizing.
B.) If you are the owner of a CPU featuring Intel’s XD or AMD’s NX buffer overflow protection
, you must also use /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN
as an OS Load Option
For the Enter Load Identifier
portion of this command, you should enter the name of the operating system you have installed.
If, for example, you are using Windows XP Home
, you could type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
for the identifier (it's not crucial, however what the name is, as long, as it's meaningful).
Here is your computer screen:
5. Following command verifies the integrity of the hard drive containing the Windows XP installation. While this step is not an essential function in our process, it’s still good to be sure that the drive is physically capable of running windows, in that it contains no bad sectors or other corruptions that might be the culprit:CHKDSK /R
6. This last command writes a new boot sector to the hard drive and cleans up all the loose ends we created by rebuilding the BOOT.INI
file and the system files. When the Windows Recovery Console asks you if you are Sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition C: ?
just hit “Y”
, then Enter
to confirm your decision:FIXBOOT
7. It’s time to reboot your PC by typingEXIT
and pressing Enter
With any luck, your PC will boot successfully into Windows XP as if your various DLL, Hive, EXE and NTLDR errors never existed.