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Old 06-11-2002, 10:44 PM   #1
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Repairing a Windows XP set-up

I messed up my windows XP set-up by installing Mandrake 8.2 (which I don't know the root password for, but that's another story...) and I did a full reinstall because I couldn't find the option for a repair reinstall. The repair reinstall would save me at least 2 hours of reinstalling applications, can someone please tell me how to get a recovery install on Windows XP (I'm using professional edition, BTW).

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Old 06-11-2002, 11:00 PM   #2
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well, this is more of a linux forum, you answer should go in the general forum, but even there with the site being mainly a bunch of linux people, you might be better off going to a windows site.

unfortunately i have no clue how to do a recovery for XP, my solution would be to wipe it out and just install linux
Old 06-13-2002, 06:44 AM   #3
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I don't know if this works on the Home or Pro editions, but it's available on the Corporate edition (don't ask)...boot from the XP install CD and press F2 quite near the beginning to go into ASR (Automated System Recovery). MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A MANDRAKE BOOT DISK OR THE MANDRAKE INSTALL CD HANDY because doing this will wipe your master boot record (MBR) and you won't be able to boot'll still be there (hopefully), but you won't get the Lilo/Grub menu.

Hope this helps.
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To an extent it depends on what you've "messed up" and whether you made a recovery disk (does anyone ever?).

I must admit to making a basic assumption that Microsoft haven't changed the basic procedure for XP from NT/2k whereby you can enter some basic repair options from the set up menu by booting from the windows CD, however I've had mixed fortunes using this, sometimes it just fails miserably (mainly on NT4 which has much more limited options) sometimes it partially recovers windows but not your application settings and so on, but as a last ditch effort before reinstalling from scratch its worth looking at.

On the off chance you've made a recovery disk and kept it up to date (ie rerunning rdisk everytime you install or remove any software or change settings) you may be able to to restore your installation back to what it was by booting from the recovery disk.

The only thing I have noticed is that since installing Mandrake I've been completely unable to get windows to take back the MBR, I boot via Lilo now whether I want to or not

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Old 06-14-2002, 04:38 PM   #5
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boot your pc up with a boot disk or to a dos command prompt. fdisk /mbr - that will wipe out lilo or grub
xp should boot up after that unless something else is jacked up.
you might want to run the xp setup again and do a repair on it.
Old 06-17-2002, 07:52 PM   #6
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When you boot from the XP cd to the recovery console you might want to check out the "fixboot" command.
But note like Thymox said, bye bye Mandrake boot
Old 06-18-2002, 04:09 PM   #7
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Unhappy xp etc snags

I had a similar snag over last weekend. I haven't got a clue about this linux lark but I installed mandy 8.2 over the top of SuSE 8.0 (which dual booted just fine but I couldn't suss the config 4 my adsl) mandrake seems to know about it but it crunched the xp boot files. And as I'm a total nugget and couldn't suss how to config the lilo or the grub to boot the xp, I just booted and re-installed the xp(home ed) and re-installed the SuSE

Sri if this is no help

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