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Windows SP3 failed to install and now pc does not boot

By andy ·
After trying to install SP3 on a HP Pavillion Laptop it stopped after 80% and the cancel button was not available.I tried to cancel via task manager and it was not responding and so I ended task. Now pc only boots as far as windows logo and then loops -Even in saefe mode. Would starting a recovery console help?

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It sure would as you should be able to Restore the System

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows SP3 failed to ins ...

If you can't enter Safe Mode try this.
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Boot the system using the Windows XP CD-ROM. In the first screen when the Setup begins, read the instructions press "R" (in the first screen) enter the Recovery Console.
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1: C:\WINDOWS
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Which Windows Installation would you like to log on to (To cancel, press ENTER)?
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After you enter the number for the appropriate Windows installation, Windows will then prompt you to enter the Administrator account password.
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Note If you use an incorrect password three times, the Windows Recovery Console closes. Also, if the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database is missing or damaged, you cannot use the Windows Recovery Console because you cannot have correct authentication. After you enter your password and the Windows Recovery Console starts, type exit to restart the computer.
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Type the following command and press Enter.
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Type CD\ then Enter
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Then type cd system~1\_resto~1 then Enter
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Type dir then Enter
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When you hit enter it will list all the restore points folders like rp1, rp2 ??.. If the restore points have more than one page then u have to keep on hitting the <Enter> key to view the last restore point folder. You will have to choose the second to last option folder
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Type cd rp {the second to the last restore point no. } (Note: Example: cd rp9, if rp9 is the second to the last restore point where the last restore point no. is 10
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Then type cd snapshot
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Now the command prompt will look like this c:\system~1\_resto~1\rp9\snapshot
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Type: copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system
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Press enter
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Then type: copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software
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Then type exit
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TIP!.
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If you get an access denied error when doing the above, then do the following at the recovery console:
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Type CD\ then press Enter
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Type cd windows\system32\config then press Enter
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Type ren system system.bak then press Enter
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Type exit and press Enter
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Your PC will reboot, go back into the Recovery Console and then you have access.


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works fine

by andy In reply to It sure would as you shou ...

top dude Jacky, this worked fine. For other users make sure that the automatic reboot option is not chosen in the boot list.This blocked the real error which was gdi32.dll missing.

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Thanks for the Tip! :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to works fine

Glad to see you up and running.

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The procedure for loading on SP3 for XP

First download the SP3 iso:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=2fcde6ce-b5fb-4488-8c50-fe22559d164e&displaylang=en
And burn this to disk using a ISO burner or:
http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm
When you have these disks ready then do a FULL re-install of Windows XP, download the SP2 and then whack on the Sp3 that you have burnt to disk, when finished you will need to go to the update page on the Microsoft web page and add on any updates available to you. This way your errors will become minimal.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this info is useful, please give a thumbs up. Thanks

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At least with SP2

by jdclyde In reply to The procedure for loading ...

you could go online and request MS to send you a FREE cd with the service pack on it. X-(

I guess it is about time to do another survey on how many have vs haven't upgraded yet.

I haven't, and am pissed at how pushy the auto update has been to do this. No WAY would I do it over an autoupdate like that.

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