Under "Step 1", part 5 it directs me to copy and delete a list of files. I've completed as far as deleting all the files. When I get to the task of copying the "repair" files, I get the following response:
"The system cannot find the file specified."
I suspect I don't have such files in C drive, and i and also tried to no avail "copy c:\wndows\repair\system.bak c:\windows\system32\config\system"
moreover, I am also not able to get into safe mode.
bad news for me so that I have not backup about 6 months of data and files which I still need to use. I m starting to suspected my hard disk is seriously corrupted.
While I can easily follow explicit directions, I'm no rocket scientist when it comes to PC's. pl explain in layman terms. thanks!
Use this command at the command prompt (after booting from the XP disc) to use System Restore. Take it back to a date before the problem started. C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter.
The guide you have tried should work, but as you suspect, it seems likely that the "repair" folder is missing or damaged.
unpartitioned space 8 mb
I selected C and "to set up Windows XP press Enter" , and it took me to another screen with this dire warning:
You chose to install Windows XP on a partition that contains another operating system. Installing Windows XP on this partition might cause the other operating system to function improperly. CAUTION: Installing multiple operating systems on a single partition is not recommended.
I quit the install because i believed this is a clean installation. What should I do now?
To run a Repair Install you have to use a genuine windows xp disc that has the same service pack or higher to make it work.
You would need to uninstall SP3 before using that disc. But, as you cannot boot the PC you cannot do that.
As the bootcfg command did not work I am now convinced that the setup is not recognising the installed operating system. It will not be the different SP that is stopping it, I just helped someone who had used the same disc on an SP3 install and it totally trashed the installation.
I would suggest you run the diagnostics from the manufacturer to test the hard drive before going any further as I now suspect it may be faulty. Follow this guide.
Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturers diagnostic for ISO CD. Burn the image file to a CD, boot the PC with the disc in the drive and run the diagnostics. You first need to set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order in the Bios setup.
If you do not have an image burner use this free software to make the CD. http://www.isoimageburner.com/
what you need is a rescue disk so you can access the hdd.. http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page click the download menu on theL/H side of the window
get this one as it will boot you machine so you can access the file system on the hdd. If the system folder is missing it may have accidently been moved and drag and dropped in another folder.If so then copy it back to its position on the directory tree.As you have info from microsoft then you can use the rescue disk to copy the files
That rescue disc may be worth a try, not something I have ever used.
Getting a FAILED result with Seatools is a fairly conclusive indication that you hard drive has failed and should be replaced. The only other thing you could try is a format and clean install of XP and then see how it goes but I would be surprised if it recovers after failing the seatools test.
For about €10 you can buy a USB hard drive adapter which will make it possible to hook the hard drive up to another PC so you can save all your important files. Then you could format the drive and run the diagnostics again just to be sure it really has failed.
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