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windows xp os boot menu

By hdhntrs ·
i some how ended up with a half install of windows on my hdd and every time i booted it would show me os boot choice menu.

the half install wouldn't ever do anything due to error missing <windows root>\system32\hal.dll so i had to choose windows xp from the list which got annoying.

soooooo i went to system properties and disabled os boot menu BUT forgot to change default os now when i boot it automatically tries to start the half install then tells me missing <windows root>\system32\hal.dll and then reboots

so i nstalled windows to a different hdd and hooked up the old drive and would like to know
1: can i start windows from within the old drive and turn that menu back on
OR
2: can i just change the setting back somehow

i have alot of information on this drive and am not really in place to format and re install(the new drive is only 10 gig and not big enough to hold all my stuff)

thanx

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Reconnect you old drive to the System as it was before

by Jacky Howe In reply to windows xp os boot menu

Insert your XP CD and when you see ?Press any key to boot from CD? press a key. Now wait for the XP installer to finish loading up and you will be presented with the option to press R to Repair.

Press R.

The next screen will ask you which Windows? installation you would like to log on to. Normally the following will be listed:

1: C:\WINDOWS

Press 1, then Enter to continue.
You may now be asked for the Administrator password. If you know this type it and press Enter. If you don't know the Administrators password it may be blank. Just press Enter or type your username and password.

When you get into the Recovery Console you will be at:

C:\Windows

We need to change to the C> prompt

Type CD .. and press Enter

Type attrib -h -s -r c:\boot.ini and press Enter

del c:\boot.ini and press Enter

Type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter

Let it scan

Total Identified Windows Installs: 1

[1] C:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)

Press Y and then press Enter

You receive a message that is similar to the following message:
Enter Load Identifier
This is the name of the operating system.

Type XP Access and press Enter

You receive a message that is similar to the following:
Enter OS Load options
When you receive this message

Type /fastdetect and press Enter

Type eXit to exit the Recovery Console

Restart the System

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jacky howe is the greatest human being on earth

by hdhntrs In reply to Reconnect you old drive t ...

jacky you saved my butt last time with the sony vaio windows install with dos 7

i will try this immediately and get back too you
thank you jacky howe!

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next step

by hdhntrs In reply to jacky howe is the greates ...

ok that worked great

but when i try to logon it tells me this instalation must be registered with windows and prompts me to do so

when i accept it shows me my desktop (with no icons) for about 20 seconds then goes back to logon screen and logs off and stays at logon screen

steps i took before running repair console

1: i changed ownership of entire drive because i could not access files(access denied prompt) and wanted to ensure if worst came to worst i could recover my files

2: turned on automatic updates and passed wga but left computer on overnight with both drives plugged in (i used same xp pro cd and serial to install to new drive) maybe microsoft examined computer and saw 2 drives with same install on them and disabled the original somehow

any ideas?

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You shouldn't have

by Jacky Howe In reply to next step

activated the temporary install. Are you saying that it is now asking for activation. If it is you will have to wait 120 days and then reactivate it if you can. Or take your chances with the Microsoft help desk and explain the situation.

If it is just logging you off at the logon screen try this.

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.

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows Installation would you like to log on to
(To cancel, press ENTER)?
After you enter the number for the appropriate Windows installation, Windows will then prompt you to enter the Administrator account password.

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.

Type the following command and press Enter.

CD SYSTEM32
(If that does not work, try CHDIR SYSTEM32)
At the prompt type in
<b>COPY USERINIT.EXE WSAUPDATER.EXE</b>

Quit Recovery Console by typing EXIT and restart Windows.

You'll be able to login successfully as you've created the wsaupdater.exe file (now, a copy of userinit.exe)

<b>"WARNING MODIFYING REGISTRY INFORMATION IS DANGEROUS"</b>
Backup the Key before making changes.

Now, change the USERINIT value in the registry
Click Start, Run and type <b>Regedt32</b> and press Enter.

Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

In the right pane you will see that the value of the Userinit key is incorrectly set to <b>"wsaupdater.exe,"</b>


In the right-pane, change the value of Userinit to C:\WINDOWS\system32\<b>userinit.exe,</b>

Type the above value exactly as given, including the comma. Also, change the path to userinit.exe appropriately if Windows is installed in a different drive.

Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

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clarification

by hdhntrs In reply to You shouldn't have

what a dummy i am
it is not JUST logging off at the logon screen
it is asking me to register then when i accept it is logging off
does that have a bearing on changing the registry
i apologize for my ignorance in the real world i am a carpenter

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also

by hdhntrs In reply to clarification

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.

Type the following command and press Enter.

CD SYSTEM32
(If that does not work, try CHDIR SYSTEM32)
At the prompt type in
COPY USERINIT.EXE WSAUPDATER.EXE


i am confused do i type these commands at the recovery console or do exit the console and then enter them somewhere else

your instructions on that paragraph are not quite clear as you say to exit and reboot once i enter repair console

thank you for your help and patience jacky

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Type exit

by Jacky Howe In reply to also

when you have finished entering the commands.

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Yep it means that your in strife

by Jacky Howe In reply to clarification

sounds like something is corrupted. Normally it would ask if you want to activate it over the net or make a phone call. I'm not familiar with these types of problems and someone else may chime in here with an answer.

I can only think of a couple of ways out of this at the moment.

1. Invest in a larger drive and wait the 120 days and then install XP on it and then recover your data.

2. Put the second drive back in and slave this one. Tidy up the drive by removing as much as you don't need including XP. Then continue saving your data to the slaved drive.


3. My youngest son is a Carpenter.

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that was my original plan

by hdhntrs In reply to Yep it means that your in ...

another thing i am unsure of is how to get all my mozilla bookmarks and saved passwords to my new firefox installation but that will be for tomorrow thank you again jacky

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this did not allow me to log on

by hdhntrs In reply to You shouldn't have

files were copied in repair console
but still does not allow me to log on
shows me my desktop for 30 seconds (with no icons) then logs off and returns to logon screen

it is midnight here and i have to go nighty night but will resume tomorrow if i have to i will buy a new drive and transfer the files to new install

i will try helpdesk first thing in the morning and report back sometime tomorrow

thank you so much you are very generous person

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