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    repair windows (Win XP)

    Any ideas as to the best way to reinstall XP on top of itself to repair a file , wheere SFC cannot.
    Ideal install would not create another set of user folders and just reinstall into the existing windows folder
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    Re: repair windows (Win XP)

    Boot to the CD and when it asks if you want to do a repair say Yes.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: repair windows (Win XP)

    JJe--
    Here's KB on Installing and Using Microsoft Recovery Console Q307654 which you can install as a boot option or go to from the CD where Dave is pointing you. Also Q310497 Add More Power to the Recovery Console by Using Group Policy; <A target="_blank" HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q314058">
    Q314058******** Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console********</A>; Q324465 Webcast: Exploring Boot Options and How To Use Commands in Recovery Console.

    Recovery Console doesn't have access to every file and folder, but it has access to strategic ones that may help you repair XP including the MBR, the Registry. It is a command type interface, and it's quick and powerful. It can sometimes repair your partitions. Help and Support (General) on XP has a good discussion of it and a list of its commands.

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    Q315341 How To Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation of Windows XP)

    and Q307852 Last Known Good Configuration. You probably know about or have used this. It will get back your Registry info and driver settings used the last time Windows started successfully. A typical use of this is for example if a driver installed screws up the system or a downloaded program trashes the registry. Two downsides are 1) You can (not always) lose changes since the last start 2) like System Restore it doesn't work for any and all things --won't fix problems not involving control sets--passwords and policies for example.

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