How to do a repair installation of Windows XP.


As I startup my computer it comes up with the screen asking which option I want to startup up the computer: safe, last good confige, etc. No matter which one I choose it always goes to the xp symbol for a few seconds and then goes to a blue screen for 2 seconds and then returns to the option screen. What's the problem?


This question was answered on June 15, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Unfortunately you will have to do a repair installation of XP Please note that you may lose data that is stored in the All Users folder and default program templates and settings that are stored in the Default User folder after you do a repair installation of Windows XP.

To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:

1 Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.

2 When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD

Note that your computer must be configured to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive If you don’t know how configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.

3 You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears:

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3

Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.

4 On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

5 Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

6 Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP.


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Posted by Kisha of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 15, 2005