Can I use XP Pro recovery console on XP Home?

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Blade59

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I bought a cheap laptop from Fry's and Windows XP Home was already installed by the OEM. I was only given a set of 'recovery CD's'.(n) XP Pro installation CD to use on the machine with XP Home?
Specifically I'm getting an error message:
autochk program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK.EXE.
This happens right after POST and then the machine just tries to reboot again. I tried to install XP Pro over the Home but it said it could not access my hard drive.
I already booted with the Pro CD (before I realized it wasn't XP home), got the recovery console- but couldn't install it on my hard drive.Does this mean I won't be able to make a BartPE CD? How can I get my machine to boot-up again without having to use the recovery disks and losing :eek: all my data in the process?:confused:
 

Blade59

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JohnWill said:
Use the link provided. :)
How am I supposed to look for the i386 folder with Explorer when I can't get into Windows? I have access to a desktop can I use this to create the CD with my laptop's recovery CD's?
 

Blade59

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The recovery CD's,there are 3, don't look like they will let me access the needed files.
disk 1 has:BIOS.BIN;COVER.DAT;FAT.BIN;DATA.DAT;IT.COM;FONT.FNT;LINUX.BIN;NTFS.BIN;
OTHER.BIN AND WINXPOPK.EG
DISKS 2 & 3 HAVE WINXPOPK.EG.:( (n)
 

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I think you're right, they seem to have compressed it all into an amorphous blob. It may be time to do a backup of your data and bite the bullet and reinstall.

I use Acronis True Image to make an image after I do an install and get it all cleaned up. That's my "recovery" disk, and it works very well.
 
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