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Will a repair install work?


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JLZ286

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I have a laptop that came with windows xp home already installed. I got no windows cd only the toshiba recovery cd that I use to format my hard drive. A couple of days ago I got the black screen that windows couldnt start and it gave me the options of safe mode,safe mode with networking, and some others like last known good configuration. When I choose any of these, windows tries to start and it shows the windows xp home logo for half a second and then I get a really fast blue screen and back to the screen with the options again. I've been reading about this and wondering if doing a repair install will work. I've asked all my friends and none of them have the xp home cd, so im going to buy the windows xp home upgrade cd thats $99. Will this work or will I have the buy the windows xp home thats $199? Im just hoping this will work because my last hope would be to format it but I really dont want to loose all my stuff. Thanks for the help.
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hi
Have you tried the last known good configuration? the only wat you can use the windows upgrade is if you have a windows 98 me 2000 cd. if not you will need the windows full for $199.00
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Put the Toshiba Recovery CD in. Most of the recovery CDs I have seen allow you to do a repair mode instead of a complete reformat and install. It won't hurt to boot the CD as it will prompt you before it goes ahead and does anything.
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Try to restore your system or try the debug mode if it dont work
Try to repair your windows
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I tried last known good configuration, I tried debug mode, i've tried every single option on the screen. I've also tried every option on the safe mode screen by pressing F8 when the computer starts and it still brings me back to the same screen with the options. I also tried the Toshiba recovery cd and the only option was to format the hard drive and turn it back to the "out of the box" state. And there is a warning telling me that if I do that it will delete all the files on my hard drive. So are you telling me I cant use the windows xp home upgrade cd if I only have windows xp home because it came like that on the laptop? Because i bought it I just havent opened it because if I do and it doesnt work thats $99 I just lost.
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I am having the identical problem with XP Pro on a P111/MicroStar MB. lue screen says registry_error followed by string of error codes. There si no way past it. I tried a new install of XP drom the CD but got the same screen. at this point I am installing xp on a spare HD, not getting blue sreen, but numerous other errors thta make me suspect a MB or processor problem. Does that make any sense?
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