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Failed XP repair installation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thelaw1, Apr 23, 2010.

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  1. thelaw1

    thelaw1 Thread Starter

    Apr 22, 2010
    Hi there. Need a little help.

    Everything was running fine with my desktop PC till I turned it on this morning.

    It booted fine, Windows XP started and I entered my password.

    My desktop background appeared as standard but i had no taskbar,
    no start button and i was geting no response from either my right or left mouse
    buttons from clicking on the screen. I tried to get into task manager by using
    CTRL+ALT+DEL hoping I could get my explorer processes running again, but
    nothing happened other than a brief appearance of an egg timer.

    I powered down and started again hoping it was just a glitch. I was too
    optimistic. So I tried again, again and again achieving the same results.
    I had no luck getting into task manager or accessing any functions at all.

    I assumed that if explorer wasnt providing me with rudimentary functionality
    and if task manager was refusing to work either my only option was to attempt a
    repair installation of XP using my Windows setup disk to fix the problems.

    After 3 hours trying to find the disk I then proceeded to begin to repair my
    operating system. Everything was going fine until I encountered the famous 34
    minute device hold up. I waited patiently then went online on my laptop and
    discovered this was quite common and nothing to worry about, so I restarted the
    machine, without prehipheral devices, and let the repair install continue.

    Same problem. I repeated this several times as the advice said it might take a few
    attempts. I gave up on this approach. I restarted and pressed SHIFT+F10 to see
    if the log would show me which device was causing the stall, but all i was rewarded
    with was a black screen with a large cursor. Oh No. This cant be too good I thought.
    I restarted again.

    Now all I get is "disk read error press ctrl + alt + del to restart" on startup everytime
    I turn on my computer unless I prompt it to boot from a CD in which case it enters
    windows setup. I tried a repair install again, but this time it asked me to partition
    the C: drive as there is already an instance of windows installed and that a new
    installation would conflict. Its not allowing me to repair it although its obviously there.
    I didnt create another partition as i had no idea what would happen and i didnt want
    to overwrite and lose all my data. Is there any way I can access the failed repair
    installation of windows on my HDD and ressurect it through the recovery console or
    otherwise. I am totally clueless.

    Please help, I want to see if i can save and repair this instance of windows without
    having to do a clean install and formatting my HDD.

  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    It sounds like a failing drive. Have you tried running chkdsk /r from the "recovery console"?

    You might want to try creating a boot disk, either from your installation disk or using a Puppy Linux disk to access the drive. Otherwise it would have to be removed and booted as a slave to recover data.




    Also the "34" minute error (as I recall) has to do with device driver installation -- so I would remove any unnecessary drives, printers, devices or hardware during the setup process.
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