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Reinstall Windows XP Pro SP2 on C: -- Will I lose files located on ???

By citruscove ·
Hi,

I was installing Microsoft updates and my computer locked. Upon rebooting, Windows said (something like this), "Autochk.exe not found" and went into a reboot loop.

I've tried numerous fixes to no avail, including the PTEDIT (07) fix, copying the autochk.exe from the Cd to the hardrive in the ASR repair, holding down any key to bypass autochk, running chkdsk /r.

At this point, I don't have time to try more fixes.

If I reinstall Windows XP Pro SP2 on the C: drive -- will I lose my data/files on the drive?

All my relevant information is on the drive.

Thank you in advance for your help. Please let me know if you need any more information.

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If you know your drives, then no you will not..

But to be safe, unplug your D drive from the motherboard, that way it is less confusing.
You can do a repair install...

Windows XP-Repair Install

A Repair Install will replace the system files with the files on the XP CD used for the Repair Install. It will leave your applications and settings intact, but Windows updates will need to be reapplied.
A Repair Install will replace files altered by adware and malware, but will not fix an adware, malware problem.

Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.
If you get a "Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD." message, if you continue, you will need to apply the SP 2 updates after the repair install completes, plus you will need to take the following steps to keep your system from being immediately infected with a virus.
1. If you connect directly to the internet without a router or hardware firewall, disconnect from the internet by physically removing the connections cable, removing a wireless card, or any other means of internet connection.
2. After the Repair install is completed, enable the XP firewall or install third party firewall software or router before connecting to the internet.
If you get the "Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.". You should create a slipstreamed copy of your XP CD by using the software and step by steps supplied in the links below.
Slipstream XP:
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

A Repair Install is not foolproof and should not be considered the cure-all fix for non-boot situations.
The below procedure applies only if you can still boot into Windows.
To prevent loss of data and/or program settings, perform the following before the Repair Install.
Manually delete the Undo_guimode.txt file from the Windows\System32 folder before you perform any of the actions that are listed in the "Symptoms" section of this article. To do this in Windows XP, type the following command at a command prompt:
del /a /f %windir%\system32\undo_guimode.txt
1.From the Start menu, click Run.
2.In the Run dialog box, in the Open text box, type: cmd. Click OK.
3.Delete the undo_guimode.txt file. In the C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe dialog box, type: del /a /f c:\windows\system32\undo_guimode.txt. Press the ENTER key.

Very important!!
If you still have the ability to access the Windows XP installation, backup all important files not restorable from other sources before attempting any recovery console or other trouble shooting attempts.
Possible Fix by reconfiguring boot.ini using Recovery Console.
1.Boot with XP CD or 6 floppy boot disk set.
2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.
3. Type bootcfg.
4. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP OS
install.
5. Try the repair install.

"Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option and if the CD letter is say K: give these commands

copy K:\i386\ntldr C
copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C

(two other files needed - just in case)
1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini
2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

which will get rid of any damaged boot.ini, search the disk for systems and make a new one.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this info is useful, please mark it helpful. Thanks

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Thanks for your help

by citruscove In reply to If you know your drives, ...

Thanks for your help.

These instructions seem a little intensive for me. Jacky's instructions, written in the next thread, seem to confirm what I was thinking.

Any thoughts?

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Not if you follow these instructions

by Jacky Howe In reply to Reinstall Windows XP Pro ...

to perform a clean install of Windows XP and delete the Primary Partition and recreate the Primary Partition on the fly. The primary Partition is C:
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1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
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2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
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3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
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4. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
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5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. At this stage you can select to delete the Primary Partition and recreate it. Then continue with the install.
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6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.
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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941/en-us
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Thank you, before I proceed...

by citruscove In reply to Not if you follow these i ...

Thanks, Jacky. Your instructions seem to confirm what I was thinking.

Just to clarify, what is your certainty that the drive will not be touched or erased if I follow the instructions (on a scale from 1-10)?

Should I go ahead and unplug the drive from the motherboard? To be honest, I have no clue how to do this...

I appreciate your assistance.

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When you get

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thank you, before I proce ...

to the screen with the Operating System information and Drive information make sure that you select C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows". Just be careful to select the right one. Sometimes the drive is actually on the same Hard Drive as the Operating system. I would rate it a 10.
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Fixed!

by citruscove In reply to When you get

Hi,

Thank you for your help. Your solution worked.

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That's good news <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Fixed!
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Do a repair install instead.

by ken In reply to Reinstall Windows XP Pro ...

Insert the xp disc and boot up to it.
Select install windows (not the repair console option). It will then warn you that "there is already a windows installation" and will ask you if you want to repair it. Select the repair choice. Note this is not the same as choosing the repair console. This will put everything back in order and you will probably not have to reinstall your other softwar

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Thanks Ken, How do I know

by citruscove In reply to Do a repair install inst ...

that this won't affect the Drive in any way?

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A repair install only fixes the ...

by ken In reply to Thanks Ken, How do I know

operating system file. It doesn't format anything.

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