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    Triple Platinum Member wumply's Avatar
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    Angry Attempting to use the XP disk's Repair function didn't work. ?????

    I've been having several but minor problems with my XP that tend to make me suspect corrupt system files.

    So I thought I would boot with the XP disk in my CDROM drive and tell it to "Repair." A logical minimalist first step it seemed.

    But here is what resulted.

    After setup had loaded a host of files from the CD it said "Setup is starting Windows."

    1. To setup XP now, press ENTER.
    2. To repair an XP installation using Recovery Console, Press R
    3. To quit Setup without installing XP, press F3.

    Well, 2 and 3 were out, so I hit ENTER. (I didn't want to use the recovery console just yet nor did I want to quit.)

    Then the next screen said:

    The following list shows existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

    1. To setup XP, press ENTER.
    2. To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
    3. To delete selected partition, press D.

    There followed in a little box this:

    Unknown disk
    (There is no disk in this drive)
    38202 mb Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi (MBR1)

    Below this, there was, also boxed in, what I have typed below.

    C: Partition 1 (NTFS) 32801 MB (31107 MB free). But my HD is 40 gb. Huh?

    BUT THERE WAS A DISK IN MY CDROM. And obviously I have my HD. ???

    I had thought my HD was not partitioned since I bought my computer ready to go. But perhaps I was wrong. I figured I could likely back out if I hit ENTER and didn't want to go farther. so I did that--hit ENTER.

    The next screen announced:

    You chose to install XP on a partition that contains another O/S. (Huh? I've only had the XP O/S.) Installing on this partition might cause this other O/S to function improperly.

    To continue setup, hit C.To select a different partition, hit ESC.

    Here I chose to back out and write this letter.

    Can someone throw some light on what this all means. l I mean I expected a "Repair" button or provision to choose or select.

    Did I make incorrect choices--where's the "Repair" function?

    What can I do? What should I do?

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    I've never had a repair work.. I think it is a bogus tool LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    I've never had a repair work.. I think it is a bogus tool LOL
    It's worked with me once when I changed Motherboards (same chipset but different drivers and components) and was too lazy to format. Formatting is the best though.

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    I've had Repair work when I'd install WIndows 2000 in another partition on my drive. If I installed 2000 after XP, it would overwrite some of XP's system files (and screw around with the Master Boot Record). Repairing worked fine in these cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger
    I've never had a repair work.. I think it is a bogus tool LOL
    I had more problems using the repair tool than reformatting. I always reformat anyway! LOL
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