yet another sp2 error (shocking but true)

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demi4200

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so there i was 2 days ago checking the windows update page for sp2. after a few errors with version 5 of the windows update page i got the thing to download.

during installation i got an error "windows could not find file atapi.sys" the error window gave me a selection of different file paths to use but none worked. i decided to keep installing and everything went fine till i had to reboot. when windows got to the loading screen it froze. i tried to repair xp with the disc and i got another error that made my computer continually reboot at the windows loading screen. even after finishing a full repair windows still restarts at the loading screen, and even when trying to boot into safe mode.

i can still get into the repair console but i dont know what to do once in there, if there is even anything i could do from there.

what i want to do is somehow get into windows and back up all my stuff so i can reinstall. or mabe just uninstall sp2.


if you need me to post further info please post what you need and i'll get it up asap.
 

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From my crib notes....

"If you opted to have SP2 so it could be uninstalled, you should be able to boot from your CD to the recovery console and locate spuninst.exe that will remove SP2 for you. Hopefully that will roll things back to a working XP SP1 setup.

C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$\spuninst\spuni nst.exe

and then press the ENTER key"
 

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will try... right now!!!

thanks

lol i didnt know that $spuninstall$ was a folder
 

demi4200

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$NtServicePackUninstall$ isnt there any more. i clearly remember it being there yesterday tho, before the repair attempt.
 
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are u usign a virtual frive, i heard there are soem problems with that, download the new version of daemon tools, they have a fix i think
 

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if you mean virtual drive i dont belive so... now im faced with the constant rebooting. i retried the repair again and still no good, the system reboots at the xp loading screen along with a quick flashing blue screen that i cant read.

edit* any thoughts on what i should try next or why my system is constantly restarting?
 

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whitphil im not sure sp2 is still even on my comp any more... after i repaired xp i whent into the repair console and didnt see the $ntservicepackuninstall$ folder any more.

the problem now is figuring out why this damn thing is rebooting at the loading screen and giving me a blue screen (wich i've never ever seen on an xp comp before).
 

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I'd use the Recovery Console route, booting with your CD
 

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WhitPhil said:
I'd use the Recovery Console route, booting with your CD
was that in the knoledge base article? cause if so i musta missed it.




you're talking about this arnt you:

Use Recovery Console
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

If you cannot successfully remove Windows XP SP2 by using one of the previous methods, follow these steps:
Insert the Windows XP startup disk in your floppy disk drive or insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive or in the DVD drive, and then restart your computer.

Note When you receive the following message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD:

Press any key to boot from CD

Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or the DVD drive, see the documentation that came with your computer or contact the computer manufacturer.
When you receive the Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.

NoteMultiple options will appear on the screen.
Select the Windows XP installation in question.

Note You must select a number before you press ENTER, or the computer will restart. Typically, only the 1: C:\Windows selection is available.
If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)

Note You will not be able to continue if you do not have the administrator password.
At the command prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press ENTER.

Note After you complete this step, you cannot stop the removal process.
At the command prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.

Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and files being copied. This is normal behavior.
After Windows XP SP2 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.
Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, press F8 as the computer restarts.
Note After you restart, the system may lock up with a black screen. (Your mouse will work.) In this case, restart again by turning the computer off and then back on. The second restart will let you to log on.
When your computer restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows icons and the Start button are unavailable. To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to start Task Manager.
Click File, and then click New Task (Run...).
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\RpcSs

On the right side of the viewing pane, right-click ObjectName, click Modify, type LocalSystem in the Value data box, and then click OK.
Restart your computer
Use one of the previous methods to remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer.
For additional information about how to install and use the Recovery Console, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307654 How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
 

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i tried it

edit* like i said after i tried to do a repair with the xp cd it wasnt there anymore.
 

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this might sounds stupid but im reaching now... is there any way to back stuff up from repair console?

also does anyone have any idea what might be causeing the constant reboots??? again this happens in all modes (safe and regular) and it all started yesterday when i attempted to repair windows and i didnt let it finish (have completed 2 repair's since then).


edit* when my system reboots i get a blue screen that flashes to quick to see, is there a way i can view it? i tried pause/break, but it dosent work or mabe its to fast...
 
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