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repair xp & ie with xp restore disk

By computerlady ·
I have a toshiba laptop, that came with a restore disk, windows xp-sp1. I have downloaded all of the updates from microsoft, so the laptop is now a sp2. I have some corrupted files and do not want to do a restore if I can avoid it. I do have xp-sp2 on disk, if that helps.

Up until this computer, I have always owned full versions of windows, so I did know how to do a system check and repair corrupted missing files.

Does xp work in the same manner? Should I use the xp-sp2 disk to restore/repair files? Or do I have to do a restore?


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by p.j.hutchison In reply to repair xp & ie with xp re ...

Run sfc /scannow which will check for missing or corrupted missing files, it will try to restore sp2 versions if available.

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by ctrservices In reply to repair xp & ie with xp re ...

If "sfc /scannow" doesn't repair the problem, you will probably be better off time wise to use the XP1 recovery disk to do a complete reinstall (new partition and reformat) after saving any information you don't want to lose, then load the SP2 disk when the recovery disk has completed and lastly download any other updates needed from Microsoft.

For the best protection when going online for the first time, install a firewall before downloading the updates from MS (you can download and save the free version of Zonealarm to a cd before attempting any of the above). Make sure to turn off the XP firewall before loading ZA.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to repair xp & ie with xp re ...

I would also have an up to date AV product loaded before visiting the Windows Update Site as I've previously picked up a few infections from there and they have all required a wiping and reload of the HDD so it's better to be safe than sorry and ere on the side of caution when it comes to any updates.

But what exactly are you getting as error messages? If you are using a SP2 Update CD which was supplied by MS it is a compressed disc and doesn't have the same file layout as a Restore Cd so you'll most likely have to use your recovery CD and then install SP2.

If you have an OEM or Retail SP2 CD that will have the proper files on it and SFC will work OK. As for restoring you may not be able to do it that way and you may need to do a recovery from the Install CD or in your case the Rescue CD just boot from the CD and then when prompted chose Repair Windows instead of installing Windows although if you have been using that unit for more than 6 months a good wipe and reload would never go astray you will be surprised at all the junk that you manage to pickup particularly if you've had a Virus or Spy Ware Infection.


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by wlbowers In reply to repair xp & ie with xp re ...

In Place Upgrade. It will retain all programs and data.


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