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XP repair turned into another install by accident

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by motivated, Jun 9, 2007.

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  1. motivated

    motivated Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2004
    Guy that used to work on my cousins comp is no longer available.

    I was given the comp to see if I could get it going. On booting up all there was was a blue screen with an error message about there being no boot sector or something.

    I wanted to do a repair so I put the cd in and hit enter when it said do a fresh install, accepted the agreement, then expected (as per directions) that I would have a choice of a new install or repair. But instead I was sitting in front of 3 partitions. I thought the obvious partition for windows to be on would be C:

    I selected 'C' and then selected to install saving current files (or something like that). Other alternatives all involved format.

    Next thing its doing a fresh install, I was still waiting for the chance to repair, I thought it would give me a chance to go back if I made a mistake.

    After loading files the computer re-booted to continue the installation, but before continuing with the installation all these errors were repaired in 'D'. Now when I boot up i'm asked which operating system to start with a choice of 2 versions of windows XP.

    First I want to know how to remove the 2nd installation. I believe just deleting the windows folder wont do it, there will still be the option of which operating system to use at start-up.

    Next thing is, looking at 'D' drive. In Documents and Settings/Owner there is a folder Windows, the only thing it contains is a folder 'System' and it appears to be empty. There is also another folder Windows folder at C:/Windows, which I believe is my install (error), then theres D:/Windows which I believe is the original.

    I believe it was CA Anti-Virus that started the initial problems as it wont start properly.

    Any assistance appreciated
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