Questions

Can I undo an XP repair install

+
0 Votes
Locked

Can I undo an XP repair install

stash30nh
Is it possible to undo a repair install on XP once its started. It never finished. I get to about 15 minutes on the setup, and it reboots and starts all over at 39 minutes.

Or, does anyone have any suggestions for fixing the problem with the setup.

Much thanks!
  • +
    0 Votes
    seanferd

    Are you using a recovery partition, or CD?

    If a CD, are you using the OEM CD that came with the system?

    Is this you?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252436-31-windows-repair-install-fails

    If you have changed hardware, and are using an OEM CD, you will need to have the drivers for your new hardware ready to install at the beginning when it prompts you.

    +
    0 Votes
    ThumbsUp2

    ... during install, at about 39 minutes if I remember correctly, Windows will reboot. If the CD is still in the drive, it's entirely possible you're either pressing a key to make it boot to the CD, or it's automatically rebooting to the CD without you touching the keyboard to make it do so.

    Have you tried opening the CD drive door and removing the CD when it begins this reboot, just to make sure it's rebooting into the repaired OS and not to the CD?

    To answer your question, no... it is not possible to undo a repair install. You can wipe the hard drive and start all over though, loosing all documents and pictures in the process. Best get the repair install to finish first.

    +
    0 Votes
    seanferd

    Usually, there is a notification to remove anything from the optical drive. Perhaps we've missed the notification?

    +
    0 Votes
    ThumbsUp2

    ... but then, maybe not. Who knows!

    The last full install I saw didn't notify to remove the CD... it just said it was going to reboot. With newer systems, usually there's a notice after reboot to 'press any key to boot to CD'. If you leave it alone, it boots into the repair and finishes.

    However, I remember systems that never asked that question on boot. If there was a CD in the drive, it just booted to it without asking which caused endless loops if you didn't know enough to pull the CD out of the drive.

  • +
    0 Votes
    seanferd

    Are you using a recovery partition, or CD?

    If a CD, are you using the OEM CD that came with the system?

    Is this you?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252436-31-windows-repair-install-fails

    If you have changed hardware, and are using an OEM CD, you will need to have the drivers for your new hardware ready to install at the beginning when it prompts you.

    +
    0 Votes
    ThumbsUp2

    ... during install, at about 39 minutes if I remember correctly, Windows will reboot. If the CD is still in the drive, it's entirely possible you're either pressing a key to make it boot to the CD, or it's automatically rebooting to the CD without you touching the keyboard to make it do so.

    Have you tried opening the CD drive door and removing the CD when it begins this reboot, just to make sure it's rebooting into the repaired OS and not to the CD?

    To answer your question, no... it is not possible to undo a repair install. You can wipe the hard drive and start all over though, loosing all documents and pictures in the process. Best get the repair install to finish first.

    +
    0 Votes
    seanferd

    Usually, there is a notification to remove anything from the optical drive. Perhaps we've missed the notification?

    +
    0 Votes
    ThumbsUp2

    ... but then, maybe not. Who knows!

    The last full install I saw didn't notify to remove the CD... it just said it was going to reboot. With newer systems, usually there's a notice after reboot to 'press any key to boot to CD'. If you leave it alone, it boots into the repair and finishes.

    However, I remember systems that never asked that question on boot. If there was a CD in the drive, it just booted to it without asking which caused endless loops if you didn't know enough to pull the CD out of the drive.