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Want to repair XP SP2/3 but option not showing up.

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Wam

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Jan 24, 2001
I want to repair a Windows XP SP2/3 installation that keeps blue screening on start up. After booting the XP installation CD the screen that gives you the option R to repair a previous install does not show up. I just get the option to overwrite, which I don't want to do as there is some stuff in My Documents that I need to keep.
Is there a way to get the old installation to show up so I can see the repair option?
 

orion456

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May 31, 2004
You want to select the repair consol and then run

chkdsk /r <------- which check the disk for defective sectors are attempt to repair

followed by

fixmbr <--- will ensure your boot sector has not been altered

fixboot <--- will repair the boot record

assuming you aren't running a RAID installation.

Right now your system is not seeing any windows installation to allow a repair on, so there is something major wrong with the disk itself or something has damaged the boot sectors.
 

Trap05

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Jan 8, 2005
I see this quite often with customers machines. It almost always ends with a clean install because even if I get back into windows its buggy.
 

Foolios

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Joined
May 9, 2006
You want to select the repair consol and then run

chkdsk /r <------- which check the disk for defective sectors are attempt to repair

followed by

fixmbr <--- will ensure your boot sector has not been altered

fixboot <--- will repair the boot record

assuming you aren't running a RAID installation.

Right now your system is not seeing any windows installation to allow a repair on, so there is something major wrong with the disk itself or something has damaged the boot sectors.

What happens if you are running a RAID installation? Is it still possible to perfrom those commands?