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Repair Installation Problem with Windows XP Home


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ThunderT

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I posted a boot up problem in the Hardware Forum recently. I finally got past that one, and managed to get Windows XP to try a Repair Installation. My problem is that during the installation, I get several copy error messages where my choices are to either retry, skip, or browse for the file. When I click "Browse", sure enough the file is sitting there in the i386 folder of my Windows XP CD, but for some reason the installer can't find it. I found on another forum that a user suggested copying the i386 directory onto the hard drive to avoid CD Read problems. I did this, and attempted another repair installation but again I ran into a variety of copy error messages. Once I clear all of those, eventually Windows runs, but in an obvious sluggish mode. I am unable to get Windows Update to work properly to get me back.

I tried Windows Restore within Windows, and picked a checkpoint back when everything was fine (about a week ago), but it seemed to freeze there for a very long time - nothing like how it has behaved when I've restored in the past.

I am completely perplexed with what to do. Please help!


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Hi ThunderT!

Go to START-->RUN and type sfc /scannow. Please note the space between sfc and /scannow. You may need your XP CD to do this. What this does is check your windows files and repairs/replaces any files that are corrupt/missing. Once the blue bar goes away, remove your xp cd (if you had to insert it) and reboot your computer.

Post back how things are going after doing this.

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Fenor, thanks for the suggestion. I wasn't aware of that command. What ended up happening was if I just let Internet Explorer sit there for a while (the little Windows icon in the upper right didn't even move) when clicking on Windows Update, eventually I got into the website and downloaded all of the critical fixes, and eventually SP2. After this, my computer seemed to working. Nevertheless, I performed your suggestion just in case any files were missing/corrupted, and rebooted, and as my computer is concerned, all is good once again.
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Glad to hear it! :tazz:

If you experience any more problems/glitches/etc... please don't hestitate to return!

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