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    Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Hi,

    I need to try and repair my windows installation (it's a long story), but I find I can't use my installation disks to repair the problem. I get an error message that says it can't be done since I have SP2 installed, and the disks are essentially out of date. Now what?

    Any and all advice is welcome!
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Ooh, sounds painful. Problem with this is that by installing SP2 it overwrites everything in SP1 and because SP2 has everything that was in SP1 an uninstall of SP2 will cause problems because it needs the files from SP1 <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

    Is there any way you can get back into your sysetem to see any of your files? I had a similar problem with my laptop and found that most of my energy was being spent on finding a solution. I eventually just backed up all my essential files onto a USB drive and completely reinstalled XP and then loaded the files back on afterwards.

    Before you take my advice though, wait 48 hours until some of the other guys wake up and give their ideas but it maybe an option you should decide on. Good luck..I've been there.
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Look at <!post=this thread,400,622>this thread<!/post> for instructions on slipstreaming SP2 into XP.
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Hey Jezza,

    I had the Vondo hijack virus and between that and the programs I used to clean it (HijackThis and CleanUp!), my computer runs slower and I can't access my Windows Search, Help, Windows Installer, and so on.

    I have also thought I may have to just start over, but I hope someone has another solution. I can get into my files and my programs are accessible, but I have a lot of video work to do and don't want to risk anything.

    Thanks so much for the reply.
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Hey John, I just ran into this same issue today and thought I would give it a try. I'm assuming it allows you to use your original disk to do things like repair Windows, correct?

    RR

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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    It will allow you to use the disk you create by slipstreaming SP2 & XP together and burning a new "original" disk that includes SP2.
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    As Doc pointed out, you must create a new Windows XP SP2 disk (it's quite legitimate and quite legal). All of the instructions are in the the link posted earlier.
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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Ok..I've created the disk. It would appear that you can only use the disk and its repair function by rebooting the machine with the disk in the CD/DVR drive. Unfortunately, my D drive is out of commission and I can't boot up using the disk. I have an external DVD drive (E drive), but I need to change the drive letter in order to boot up from that drive. I have researched the means to rename drive letters, but I need to have administrative access and am unable to figure that out. I have booted up in safe mode, logged in as administrator and Windows still won't let me change the drive.

    I'm kind of at my wits end. Any suggestions? I hope this is all clear....it's late and I"m half nuts.

    RR

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    Re: Can't Repair using Installation Disks (XP SP2)

    Some newer computers can boot from an external (I'm assuming USB in your case) CD drive, but you would have to check the manual for your motherboard (or look at the BIOS settings). If you cannot, then the easiest solution is to either repair or replace the existing internal CD Drive. Once you do this, then you will have to change the boot sequence in the BIOS to enable booting from the CD drive.
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