Formay HDD with XP OS

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tcox

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This is possibly a HDD issue, however, i have managed to corrupt or loose the windows\system32\config\system file. As such windows XP will now not load. This occurred when i tired to relaod XP to fix an outlook express problem. XP loaded to about 39% and then shut down. It just keeps doing the same thing. So hey, i figured i would just dump and reload from scratch, but do not know how to format drive as can not get the computer to start in a command prompt dos mode to allow me to format drive.
All suggestions greatly appreciated. THANK YOU.
 
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When you boot your system from the XP CD, you should have all the options you need?

What options do you get?
 

tcox

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I have now realised that if i go into the BIOS settings and change the boot sequence to CD ROM first it will load from the CD in lieu of the other way which is loading the program as an upgrade which is not working. The only problem here will be that it will be a clean load and i will loose all my mail etc. While i am here out of interests, do you by chance know how to back up the Outlook express e-mail and address book? Have tried many people with this one with no one having a solution. Many thanks.
 

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do a repair
boot from the xp cd and choose install
ignore the first repair option that comes up continue with install
when windows finds the previous installation then do this repair
you will have to reload your video drivers and any ms updates
i.e. sp1 ect. but all of your files will remain intact
 
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