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Trying to repair Windows XP


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promise7

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Hello all,

Recently my brother's desktop has been stuck in a Windows XP Welcome Logon screen loop. I think he got a virus from surfing or downloading something. When Windows XP loads it shows his name and when you click it, it just logs him off and goes back to the Logon screen again with his name. I tried to boot into Safe Mode, and the exact same thing happens, but this time it lists Administrator and his name below it. Clicking on either results in the same repeat problem.

I tried to do a Windows XP Repair from this link, http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html, but it never goes to the Welcome To Setup screen. It just detects the partitions on the hard drives and asks which one I want to format and install XP on. How can I repair it from my WIndows XP Pro CD if it doesn't go to the Welcome To Setup screen?

Thanks very much for any help!
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If Setup detects that the current Windows installation is too corrupted or damaged to repair, you won't be offered a 'Repair' option. You will just be asked to select a partition to format & install XP on. That's why it's important to keep backups of your documents and other files on a separate drive, partition, or a flash drive, just in case you suddenly find that your current Windows installation is screwed up and you can't get into it.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 20 July 2010 - 07:37 AM.

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Thanks for your reply, that's unfortunate. Do you know if I can take out his hard drive with this problem, and hook it up on another PC as a slave and just access it as a data disk and pull the files he needs off it onto the working PC? He has files on it he didn't backup :)
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Yes, you should be able to slave your drive in another computer, and save files to a folder/thumb drive and or burn cd/dvd.
However, can you get to the Start-run command then try typing sfc /scannow. Have a windows cd ready, it will try to replace the corrupted files.
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Yes, you should be able to slave your drive in another computer, and save files to a folder/thumb drive and or burn cd/dvd.
However, can you get to the Start-run command then try typing sfc /scannow. Have a windows cd ready, it will try to replace the corrupted files.


no :) unfortunately it won't let me in the desktop at all, even in safe mode the same problem happens. a friend recommended i not install the infected hd onto my pc as a slave because he thinks it might spread on to my pc. he said to use a old spare hd and install xp then install the infected hd as a slave and scan it first then take out the files. would this be a better way to go about it?

thanks for any help, much appreciated!
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I guess you have a plan, sounds reasonable and next time keep your files backed up then it wont be so difficult to get back in business after a fresh install.
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