System Recovery


I just did a system recovery and didn't let the system fully install Windows XP, because my computer got unplugged during reinstallation. All I get now is a message that says The system is not fully installed, please run setup again. The problem is, when I click on the message it starts to load and then just goes back to the message. I can't get any farther than the message displayed (with Black background) so I can't restart the system. Please help me


This question was answered on November 18, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Insert your recovery disk At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10 or press 'R" to repair Use the Winnt32.exe utility with the /cmdcons option to add the Windows Recovery Console to the Windows Startup folder This procedure requires approximately 7 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space on the system partition to hold the Cmdcons folder and files But Keep in mind that When you use the Windows Recovery Console, you can obtain limited access to the NTFS file system, FAT, and FAT32 volumes without starting the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) In the Windows Recovery Console, you can: • Use, copy, rename, or replace operating system files and folders

• Enable or disable service or device startup the next time that start your computer

• Repair the file system boot sector or the Master Boot Record (MBR)

• Create and format partitions on drives

Only an administrator can obtain access to the Windows Recovery Console so that unauthorized users cannot use any NTFS volume

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 18, 2004