If any one can give me some advice or tell me how long this thing is supposed to take, I'd really appreciate it!
The ironic thing is I just ordered a brand new computer online last night and today my old computer takes a crap!
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Unfortunately you are in somewhat of a catch 22 situation.
Obviously you cannot just leave it as it is.
If you stop it by forcing a shut down you may indeed end up with a further data corruption.
However that is unlikely.
Personally I would stop it.
Presuming you do NOT have a dos command screen at this stage. you will have to shut down.
It certainly should have shown progress by now.
ARE YOU USING A XP CD in Recovery Console, or the installation repair function from that OR the special recovery CD provided with some branded computers
Edited by Macboatmaster, 26 June 2010 - 03:39 PM.
On those CD`s depending on the model there are usually two options.
One is the complete recovery installation which deletes ALL your data and restores the computer to the state in which it was sold.
The other, not on all CD`s from Dell is a recovery retaining all your personal data.
I have no way of knowing which you have other than going to the Dell site and searching the make and model and service tag of thwe computer. Pls do this yourself.
When you establish that I can then advise you further.
Edited by mmmfloorpie, 26 June 2010 - 03:17 PM.
Take the CD out.
Press F8 repeatedly on first startup and see if you have a boot option screen.
You want to follow the instructions found here...
Edited by mmmfloorpie, 27 June 2010 - 07:25 AM.
Edited by mmmfloorpie, 27 June 2010 - 07:06 PM.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 28 June 2010 - 06:27 PM.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 28 June 2010 - 06:44 PM.
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