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Windows Repair Option not in install operation from XP CD

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Melvin Patricio

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I am trying to perform a repair install from a Windows CD but the option to do so is not visible. I am not trying to get into the recovery console, so I am trying to press "R" on the "Install" option, but it does not give me that option. Anybody know what to do?
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If this is a Recovery Disk from a branded system it most likely will not have the option.
Where did the disk come from and is it a Genuine XP disk, copied disk or a downloaded disk?
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Neil Jones

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If the option for repair is not available then one of two things has probably happened:

1) It's the wrong disk (Pro disk on an XP Home installation for example or vice-versa)
2) The installation is damaged and/or the key portions that determine whether a repair or a rebuild is offered is missing or damaged.

If the Windows doesn't boot at all and no repair options are presented, then the options at this point depend on why you are repairing Windows in the first place. What message(s) are you getting on bootup?
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