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    Hi, sorry for the double post, i am new here and errornously put a post in the general area.
    How can i use an xp pro with sp/2 disk to repair an op system that won't start up, it has been playing up for a long time now,
    no known viruses, no adware/spy ware no trogans, occasionally comes up with cpu settings have been changed? i just go back into bios and set back to failsafe defaults as it is not my computer that is all i was going to try so as to not do more damage.
    have trierd the tools settings to make it scan and fix any file system errors and works for a while then plays up again, uncle is about to use it as an airplane and make it go for a flight out the window..... this is a fresh install of xp pro using a genuine disk only done about 4 months ago, i want to try using the disk to repair it to see if it will start up again as he had a "friend" have a look at it and i don't know what the friend did but after a couple days it simply won't even start up now. i am reasonably intermediate when it comes to computers and will try anything if it is explained carefully, thankyou.

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    you follow the procedure as though your going to install windows again, once it detects the hard drives it will show you were the windows install is, once your looking at the windows install you will see R for repair or (i think) L to delete the partition, its not the repair option you see mid way, its once you can see the physical drives

    hit r and it will overlay the files again without losing any stored data, remember to update windows after the repair install as it removes all patch's


    sounds like you already found the 1st repair option and had no luck, so you know to carry on past that 1st repair option now

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    thanks, I am hoping to not to have to reformat and lose all my uncles stuff or worse spend numerous hours sorting through whaat he needs to keep verses what he wants to keep and burn copies..... though he is fine with that option as well.
    i might just try the way of reinstalling windows without formatting i have a copy of a word document written by fred langa on how to do it, I got this doc last month, Don't know why i got this doc but i am glad i did and just now remembered about it.

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    By the way , what is the speed/performance difference between an amd 64 and pentium 4? i have seen a few of these amd's on here and are now curious as i am thinking of upgrading my girl

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    dont reinstall windows without formatting, it will cut all links to progs and stored files, infact it will make a totally new profile and ignore eveything else, chance is afterward you would give in andformat, so make sure you use the repair option

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmuddy11
    By the way , what is the speed/performance difference between an amd 64 and pentium 4? i have seen a few of these amd's on here and are now curious as i am thinking of upgrading my girl
    Depends what you're doing, as a 'very' general rule AMD for gaming & Intel for office stuff & general number crunching.

    That is until the new Intel core 2 duo chips arrived, which seem good all round.

    AMD systems 'tend' to be cheaper, & there have been a lot of price cuts from both sides recently. Shop around & of course ask HeXus if you can't decide
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    Well my husband uses the computer for playing games like battlefield 2, i use it for transcoding and office work, watching dvd's etc, and the kids just try to blow it up i think!
    joking they treat it respectfully generally i think it would be classed as an all round machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0
    dont reinstall windows without formatting, it will cut all links to progs and stored files, infact it will make a totally new profile and ignore eveything else, chance is afterward you would give in andformat, so make sure you use the repair option

    Thanks for the heads up, this wasn't mentioned in the doc and would have had me getting another phone call plus visit.
    i will just try the repair option then if no go , i will just reformat.
    For a legit version of windows this sure has been a real pain in the ar....ms and legs...

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    yep, just remember to follow it past the 1st repair option until its displaying where to install windows, because you have an install there it will show it and offer the repair option, then it just looks like a standard install, but when finished all your stuffs still there

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