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xp home reinstall

By ers709 ·
my computer crash and i got a message (sys/32 driver file is missing or croupt) i tried to copy the file from the xp cd but it said that this is not a valid file, then i tried to repair windows i got a message that there is no operating system.
i place the drive in another computer as a slave and all the data is there i don't want to loose my data including the windows file. how do i restore windows home with out loosing my data?.

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by BFilmFan In reply to xp home reinstall

Do an XP in-place re-installation per details at

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by RG11 In reply to xp home reinstall

Did you try ststem restore to an earlier date. That is if you have system restore turned on in XP..

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by wcp In reply to xp home reinstall

1. CHKDSK /R ? run this by connecting your HD to a Win 2K or XP system.
CHKDSK will try to repair Windows file system that may have caused the problem. I had a few instances that this procedure alone fixed the problem.

2. RAM test ? Faulty RAM(s) might cause the error message.
Down a test utility from

3. How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting (MS KB307545).
This is a very elaborate procedure. You have to absolutely be sure that there is not a single typo. This is basically to boot the Windows to the very beginning and do System Restore to the latest date.

4. Back up data and clean install Windows. If the above steps do not work, this is probably the last solution. Reinstallation does not work. The current Windows will not be seen because of assumed Registry damage.

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Step 3 will not work if you had turned the System Restore feature off.

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by wlbowers In reply to xp home reinstall

If you can do an inplace upgrade that is what you need to do.

This is not the first repair you come to on the cd. Follow the instructions here. This is Microsoft's Knowledgebase article on the subject.

XP Q315341

If it does not see a operating system it will not be able to inplace upgrade or restore.

Get your data off immediatly.


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