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Who is Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by malcy, Sep 25, 2008.

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  1. malcy

    malcy Thread Starter

    Feb 19, 2007

    This is a strange topic but it is driving me up the wall and round the bend.!!!!

    My Windows XP installation CD (and Recovery Consolse) cannot detect XP or the hard disk it is installed on.

    Yet in Vista (on my second HD)(which I can boot in to, hence this thread) in My Computer I can see the C drive, all of the files (including Windows).

    What identifies an OS (ie XP) to the wider world (install disks, MBR, Recovery console etc...). What file or registry entry says 'Hey, here I am'

    If I can get to the bottom of it, maybe I can find a solution to my XP boot woes.

    I apologise if all this seems flip but me head is spinning with not being able to get XP started again and is getting to me.

    Thanks, as always.
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    How did you install Vista on the second drive?
    You may have made the second drive the BOOT drive and now can not get to your XP drive.
  3. malcy

    malcy Thread Starter

    Feb 19, 2007
    When I bought Vista HP I also purchased a second HD and chose the location for Vista from the Vista installation.

    Both have worked fine together. After Vista was installed I used VistaBootPro 3.1 to set priorities (XP first unless Vista is selected)

    The actual error message on booting Windows is \system32\config\system is corrupted.
    I'm just getting nowhere at all. XP installation disk, Recovery Console just don't see my HD nor Windows!
    Do you think I could be infected with an MBR virus (if such things exist?)

  4. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    You have a SATA HD. Windows XP came out before SATA, so it doesn't include drivers for SATA controllers, and needs a driver provided to see the drive (The F6 prompt you see after booting from the CD). Unfortunately, this needs to be provided via a floppy drive. If you don't have a floppy, the driver can be slipstreamed into an XP CD.

    But, if you can access the drive that XP is installed on from Vista, you can probably fix the problem that way.

    This article shows the steps: How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
    Don't bother with the repair folder or tmp folder,
    Rename the old files as shown in Part one.
    Goto part two, copy the files directly to the Windows\System32\config folder from the snapshot folder, ,then rename them there.


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