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PC Broken, XP corrupt, any help appreciated

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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Hi, my daughter powered off her PC during a windows update and now it just blue screens when starting windows, even in safe mode. I've stuck in the windows CD and tried to do the recovery but we haven't got the required floppy, anyone have any ideas? Rep for all help, thanks in advance.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
you could either do a fresh install and re-install all of your programs. If you have a restore point you can try pressing f2 for autmatic systsm recovery when you boot up with the xp installation disc. what blue screen error do you get? have you tried last known good configuration when you press f8 on bootup?
#2
Go into the bios and change the start up to read the CD drive first
#3
jj584143
you could either do a fresh install and re-install all of your programs. If you have a restore point you can try pressing f2 for autmatic systsm recovery when you boot up with the xp installation disc. what blue screen error do you get? have you tried last known good configuration when you press f8 on bootup?


Trying to avoid a fresh install as she has all of her music and photos etc. plus all the config settings for printers, cameras, msn etc.

Pretty sure it's F2 I press that asks for the WIndows Automatic System Recovery Floppy which we don't have :-(

Tried all the options on boot, last know good, safe mode with and without everything :-(
#4
richhock
Go into the bios and change the start up to read the CD drive first


how will this help?
#5
what dos the blue screen error say roughly? does last known good configuration help as windows should have created a restore point BEFORE it updated anything
1 Like #6
you could use a ubuntu live disc to boot up and then copy all the files you want onto an external harddrive and then do a fresh install
#7
jj584143
what dos the blue screen error say roughly? does last known good configuration help as windows should have created a restore point BEFORE it updated anything


I can't remember off the top of my head, had to come into work so not near it now. Pretty sure it's something about corrupt/missing drivers but I could be wrong. It blue screens very early on in the boot process. Last known good also blue screen!
#8
guerilla
you could use a ubuntu live disc to boot up and then copy all the files you want onto an external harddrive and then do a fresh install


Yeh I've thought about that. I also have Hiren's boot cd which can see all the files. Just trying to avoid re-installing if I possibly can. There must be a way to repair it?
1 Like #9
I can promise you, that a rebuild is the quickest and easiest way to get your computer back, the save your data plug the HDD into a working PC as an extra HDD and copy all the data you need off it. But ultimately you will need to re-install XP, will save you time if you start now rather than trying to trouble shoot a BSOD error.
banned 1 Like #10
you could try a 'dirty install' it reinstalls xp over the old windows files without deleting your saved stuff (i.e. downloads, documents etc.)
search for it on google - there's a good bit on it here
but if I were you I'd copy the stuff off the computer on to an external hdd then format and install xp.
#11
Alfonse
I can promise you, that a rebuild is the quickest and easiest way to get your computer back, the save your data plug the HDD into a working PC as an extra HDD and copy all the data you need off it. But ultimately you will need to re-install XP, will save you time if you start now rather than trying to trouble shoot a BSOD error.


Thanks, that's what I'm thinking but just wanted to throw it out to the community before I do it.
#12
tankos
you could try a 'dirty install' it reinstalls xp over the old windows files without deleting your saved stuff (i.e. downloads, documents etc.)
search for it on google - there's a good bit on it here
but if I were you I'd copy the stuff off the computer on to an external hdd then format and install xp.


Thanks for that, will try the dirty install tonight as a last resort, got nothing to lose.
banned#13
no worries! hope it goes ok!:thumbsup:
#14
my vote still goes for ubuntu to rescue your files, or plugging the harddrive into another computer
1 Like #15
Not that I'm wanting to add more to the confusion of options here, but, I recommend running a repair installation of XP on the system. This is different to the Automated System Repair option in that it doesn't ask for the floppy and sometimes even works. A walkthrough for it can be found at http://www.windowsxpprofessional.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/indexfullpage.htm .

Failing that, the dirty install is the second thing I'd try.
1 Like #16
When my XP has been corrupted I have installed another copy of the OS on top of that partition many times, at times with even a different OS. Take my word for it, it works like a charm! Just go through the procedure as formatting without actually formatting (assuming u have enough HDD storage for a copy of XP). If you have anything you want to back up I promoise you this is the most hassle free way of doing it.

Zak.
banned#17
guerilla
my vote still goes for ubuntu to rescue your files, or plugging the harddrive into another computer


It's a good shout - would definately work.
#18
Does the Error mention NTDLR files missing?!

Partitioning is definately the way forward!
#19
Thanks everyone, lots of stuff to try, going to try the repair installation first as that seems a good way. Failing that will boot it with linux and get the important stuff off before re-installing!

Rep splashed around, sorry if you didn't get any but ran out now, will try and dish some more out tomorrow!
#20
would you believe it, I started to use the recovery method above but the R option wasn't there to repair, it didn't even know there was a windows installation there. Booted to the Recovery DOS prompt and a DIR told me the directory structure was corrupt. Ran a CHKDSK which took about 30 mins then rebooted into XP again fine. All that time just a corrupted filesystem!

Thanks everyone for the help. :-)

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