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System restore (XP Home) doesn't work

By home8d ·
My system restore will not work. It asks to reboot The machine. I have tried to repair the system using the XP disk. That showed more issues by getting all the way to where it ask for a administrator password. I type it in and all I get is C:windows nothing else. Any help besides reinstalling the operating system would be much appreciated.
I am having a "error 126"can not find specified module. When I tried to start System Restore from Computer Management. All that aside what really gets me is that I cannot repair Windows with the XPdisk. I just get the C: prompt after I type in the Admin password. Also I have ran Chkdsk/f using start run cmd and this will not work. Did this in safe mode. Did this too after I got the C: prompt while booting off the disk. Crazy, crazy, crazy... any help will be appreciated.

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Check out this Microsoft Knowledge Base bulletin

by nepenthe0 In reply to System restore (XP Home) ...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302796/

You can also run System Restore from the Command line once you have that functionality recovered:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449/

Be sure that System Restore is enabled:

Control Panel > System > System Restore

If you cannot repair Windows, you are better off doing a clean reinstallation, but try the methods discussed in the Microsoft bulletins first.

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He is rebooted into command line access only...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Check out this Microsoft ...

none of what you offered him discusses this situation. The command prompt info you gave begins in Windows, then pulls up a prompt. How should he go about doing this if he can't get into Windows?

etu

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You got the wrong R

by Jacky Howe In reply to System restore (XP Home) ...

if the above doesn't help try this.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341

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You just edited the original post

by Jacky Howe In reply to System restore (XP Home) ...

what may I ask has been added as my memory is not that good anymore.

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This looks changed, True Blue...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to You just edited the origi ...

"I am having a "error 126"can not find specified module. When I tried to start System Restore from Computer Management. All that aside what really gets me is that I cannot repair Windows with the XPdisk. I just get the C: prompt after I type in the Admin password. Also I have ran Chkdsk/f using start run cmd and this will not work. Did this in safe mode. Did this too after I got the C: prompt while booting off the disk. Crazy, crazy, crazy... any help will be appreciated."

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Thanks for that :) <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to This looks changed, True ...
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Repair Install....

Before you do this, make sure you have a full backup copy of your drive or get another drive and install this as master and install the operating system on this, this way you will be able to access your old drive. If you feel confident then progress with the instructions below:

If XP is corrupted to the point where none of the previous solutions get it to boot,
you can do a Repair Install that might work as well as keep the current settings.
Make sure you have your valid WindowsXP key.
The whole process takes about half an hour depending on your computer
If you are being prompted for the administrator's password, you need to choose the 2nd repair option, not the first.
1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD
2.At the second R=Repair option, press the R key
3.This will start the repair
4.Press F8 for I Agree at the Licensing Agreement
5.Press R when the directory where WindowsXP is installed is shown. Typically this is C:\WINDOWS
6.It will then check the C: drive and start copying files
7.It will automatically reboot when needed. Keep the CD in the drive.
8.You will then see the graphic part of the repair that is like during a normal install of XP (Collecting Information, Dynamic Update, Preparing Installation, Installing Windows, Finalizing Installation)
9.When prompted, click on the Next button
10.When prompted, enter your XP key
11.Normally you will want to keep the same Workgroup or Domain name
12.The computer will reboot
13.Then you will have the same screens as a normal XP Install
14.Activate if you want (usually a good idea)
15.Register if you want (but not necessary)
16.Finish
17.At this point you should be able to log in with any existing accounts.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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thanks for trying.

by home8d In reply to Repair Install....

I have tried this. When I get to the point that it asks for the admin-password. I type it in and get a C:windows, and nothing else happens.

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You are still pressing the wrong R

by Jacky Howe In reply to thanks for trying.

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To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps:
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1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
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2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
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Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or DVD drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
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3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:
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To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
<b>DO Not Press the first R</b> press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R.
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To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
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4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
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5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
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6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
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Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, and you do not have the Repair option, contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair install.
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7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP.
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See if one of these helps...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to System restore (XP Home) ...

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

#278 - left hand column
#289 - right hand column

Both of these are registry tweaks. If you're not comfy in the Registry, don't mess with them. Also, back up your Registry before attempting the tweak/s.

edit the usual

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