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how do i reinstall xp using a usb?


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ross616

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i have a medion akoya notebook (i know its not great) and my system files are totally corrupted, but i didnt get a disk and i dont have a drive anyway, so what can i do?

edit: that first answer is no use, you still need the cd and a drive

edit: sfc scannow doesn't work, its corrupted

Edited by ross616, 29 June 2010 - 10:58 AM.

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http://www.lockergno...sb-flash-drive/
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Have you tried a sfc /scannow now to replace the missing or corrupted system files? This would allow you to save your data files.
Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions

Edited by rshaffer61, 23 June 2010 - 08:37 AM.

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Hashim Lokasher

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Hello
U can use different methods to make a bootable windows xp usb drive.
FLASHBOOT
WIN2USB
and u etc.
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Hello
U can use different methods to make a bootable windows xp usb drive.
FLASHBOOT
WIN2USB
and u etc.

That would only work if the notebook is capable of booting from a USB drive.
The OP does not have a CD or a CD drive.

After the sfc/scannow, we will determine if a disk is needed. The OP may have to borrow a disk and possibly a usb cd drive.
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Mr. Kiningham

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If you have access to another computer that DOES have an optical (CD/DVD) drive, you can share the drive itself over the network through Windows and access it from your drive-less computer. That may not work for reinstalling Windows, but it might help for creating a bootable USB drive by copying the files from the Windows disk to the USB stick (not sure if that's legal or why you'd need to do that if you had the other computer to begin with. Just saying.).

Good luck.
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