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You have to make sure you follow the instructions for doing the repair or you will replace your existing OS and then in a nutshell you are in trouble.
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DONE On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
"This is the screen shot I gave you" It doesn't say windows xp. It only says "Partition1 [NTFS] Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.


That is why I am asking what to do. The options are to delete, install, or quit.
Do you need a better shot??

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The first option is to Setup Windows XP on the Selected option press Enter
Press Enter
Then you should get to the next steps in the instructions.
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It says to install press enter. You said 'not' to install only repair.
Repair Installation Instructions

Done· Insert your Windows XP CD in your CD-ROM and then Restart your computer.
Done· At the first post screen start tapping the Del key to enter System Bios
Done· Find the Advance Options or Boot Sequence screen.
Done· You will need to change the boot sequence so that the CDrom is first and the HD is second.
Done· Press F10 to Save and Exit and then press Enter to accept.
Done· The system will now reboot
Done· When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
Done· When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER
Done· To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
Done(Did "NOT" hit "R")· At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION.

Done· On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
This is where I am stuck· Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

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Is your current installatighted highlighted?
Once highlighted you should have the options to
Replace the current installation
Leave current installation and install in another location or folder
Press R to repair the current installation

You want the last one Press R
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There are 2 options to highlight on this page neither of them give me an option to 'repair'
the only options are:
Enter = install D = delete F3 = quit
"R" doesn't work on either option. that is why I am stuck.
you said "do not install"
P.S. It also does 'not' show that is it windows xp ...
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there is also not enough room to install in the second option there is only 8 MB. If that is what you want me to do...
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OK if you look at the tutorial HERE
You have passed the first and second screenshots and you should be at the third one.
If not then something is wrong.
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Per the tutorial:

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.


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Okay I did not miss a step. after hitting the F8 it brought me to the screen you see. no repair option available.
Okay, it not saying Windows XP means that the data is corrupted???
Then what do I do.???
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We can try to save the data using a Linux Live cd and then your option at that point is to get a XP of the same type that is installed and use the reg key that belongs to your system. If you don't have the reg key then sadly you will have to purchase a XP and then do a fresh install.


Get Puppy Linux from my signature below...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
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if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Thanks to happyrock
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Just make sure it is the same version of XP you have installed.. Home, Media or Pro


The installation is XP Home.

I did find a disk of windows Xp Pro.


Edited by Macboatmaster, 14 January 2011 - 03:40 PM.

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Yep this very well could be why it can't find a installation to enable the Repair option.
I would try to find a XP Home and do the Repair installation instructions over.
If it still will not work then you will know the installation is beyond a repair.
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