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Rickles

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#151282 20-Aug-2014 11:19
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Sometime ago I remember refreshing WinXP by using the original instal disk ... sometimes called a non-destructive re-install.

I now have need to do the same again (missing files errors on boot-up), but cannot remember the steps after getting as far as the screen that lets me choose disk and partions etc.

Again from memory there used to be an offer of selecting the O/S and then R for repair, but I cannot find that option anywhere.

Any clues please?

ALSO, can one run the SFC (System File Checker) on an external disk that holds an O/S?

R.

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  #1111900 20-Aug-2014 11:37
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Windows XP is now end of life and you shouldn't be using it anymore ;)




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  #1111912 20-Aug-2014 11:41
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Thank you Micheal, very helpful ... I'll let the computer owner know tongue-out

 
 
 
 


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  #1111923 20-Aug-2014 11:46
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michaelmurfy: Windows XP is now end of life and you shouldn't be using it anymore ;)


Well you are a very helpful soul arent you? - NOT!
That reply is not in the spirit of geekzone at all!

Does this link help the OP at all:
http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f10/windows-xp-refresh-install-414094.html

But to be honest - you could have just googled "refresh win xp" ? Thats what I did....





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  #1111933 20-Aug-2014 11:54
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Hi Rob,  thanks for that, and yes Mr Google did take a hiding foot-in-mouth,  however, none were specific about finding the R/Repair option ... it simply doesn't come up on the machine when I try it.

As I said, I'm not sure where the O/S selection option is as I only get to the Format and Partition window, and think that it wipes the disk at that point?

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  #1111934 20-Aug-2014 11:57
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Rickles: I'll let the computer owner know tongue-out


You definitely should, especially if you're in business (just guessing, you might not be) and the owner is a customer.

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  #1111936 20-Aug-2014 12:00
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I seem to recall that you just pop the install disk in and boot from that.
There is an option to Repair - or just install (which would blow everything away).

Here - this shows screen shots: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxprepair1.htm
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s this what you had in mind?




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  #1111937 20-Aug-2014 12:01
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robjg63:
Well you are a very helpful soul arent you? - NOT!


*aren't - Also it was more-or-less sarcasm :)

OP:
on a serious note you can try shoving a XP CD in and running the repair utility off that, if that fails you might be in for a reformat (boot into a Linux live CD and get your data off your drive that way first)




 
 
 
 


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  #1111945 20-Aug-2014 12:07
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Apparently there is a way to get updates for xp, as they are still being released for those organisations prepared to pay for them.

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  #1111954 20-Aug-2014 12:09
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michaelmurfy: 

*aren't - Also it was more-or-less sarcasm :)



But I subscribe to the 'death to the comma' view. It adds no clarity.
laughing





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  #1111999 20-Aug-2014 12:45
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In spirit of Geekzone, what Michael suggested in the true...

Windows XP's support has ended, OP should really inform the respective computer owner to move on from Windows XP.




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  #1112006 20-Aug-2014 12:56
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Best option is ditch XP as explained above.
Next best option, install a new hard-disk as it seems this one is failing, then fresh full re-install of XP and all their programs.





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  #1112027 20-Aug-2014 13:00
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ghenna ... helping a friend, no commercial value involved.

robjg63 ... thanks, I'd seen that article, and reiterate that the Repair option does not come up even though I'm using the original disk ... appears that OEM disks are not quite the same as what manufacturers use to clone O/S to their product tongue-out

I think complete reformat and reinstall is easiest as data is backed up and hard disk checks out fine.

Cheers all.

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  #1112033 20-Aug-2014 13:02
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Rickles: ghenna ... helping a friend, no commercial value involved.

robjg63 ... thanks, I'd seen that article, and reiterate that the Repair option does not come up even though I'm using the original disk ... appears that OEM disks are not quite the same as what manufacturers use to clone O/S to their product tongue-out

I think complete reformat and reinstall is easiest as data is backed up and hard disk checks out fine.

Cheers all.


If the data is backed up, and you are heading down the reinstall path, I'd suggest for the sake of everyone's security and best interest, try to persuade the computer owner to move on to newer operating system, at least Windows 7.




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  #1112052 20-Aug-2014 13:13
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mattwnz: Apparently there is a way to get updates for xp, as they are still being released for those organisations prepared to pay for them.


I don't know if Wellington DHB has an upgrade program in place but the monitors I saw last week at Wgtn Hospital were all showing XP Pro screen savers.

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  #1112068 20-Aug-2014 13:22
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I read somewhere that there are still 400 million copies of XP still running .... mostly in corporate situations where a complete O/S replacement  roll out would be prohibitively expensive.
These places will wait until their hardware gives out, and then get wholesale machine and O/S replacements at that time.

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