Repair Install

Hi Guys,

One of my XP machines has been acting up recently so I decided to do a repair install. I bbot from the windows cd, and add the raid drivers from a floppy, and windows finds the raid array, but when it serches for previous versions of windows it doesn't find my current installation, and I'm not given the option to repair install. Is there any way I can force a repair? Or maybe make some adjustments to the boot.ini to trigger a repair installation on the next time its booted?

pls help its fairly urgent.

Dave.
daveboyle99Asked:
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cheritonitConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, all you can do is check for problems in the boot log and manually fix.

Follow the instructions here:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prmb_tol_rpsc.asp

Basically, press F8 (as you would for safe mode) and enable boot logging

The log file is saved in your systemroot directory as Ntbtlog.txt

Put the Windows XP CD in.  Press R for the Recovery Console

Log in to your windows partition

change to the systemroot directory (e.g. C:\WINDOWS)

edit the ntbtlog.txt file

Check for drivers that failed... what is listed last?

It is then a tedious task ahead of you of checking the system32 folder files against another machine or the CD for irregularities.  Using the System File Checker will aid you (type SFC)
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cheritonitCommented:
If you're having problems with the old install and can't repair, you could always do another install to a temp directory, e.g. WIN.  Assuming you don't have password protection on, you should be able to access all your documents etc. and back up.  My preferred option then is to do a clean install.

The alternative, if you have the luxury of a second machine with a large drive, is put your drive in as a slave, copy it to your other computer, then put it back in your machine.  Reformat, install, and do the same as above to get the files back on to it.

What exactly do you mean by "acting up"?  Perhaps it is something that could be fixed.  Could you be more specific... error messages etc?
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Are you sure it is even seeing your SATA drive?
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cheritonitCommented:
Oh yes, have you tried ignoring the bit about the RAID drivers and continued as normal?  It could be that as you have already installed windows, it has the drivers it needs.
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
hi guys , yeah the windows installer sees the 3 partitions on that SATA Raid disk, it just doesnt think that any of them contains a version of windows. I have lots of applications and stuff installed so i really want to repair rather than back up if possible...

Dave.
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cheritonitCommented:
Have you tried going into the Repair Console (press R)?  Does that work?

Unless you describe the errors you encounter a little further, I'm afraid I'll have trouble assisting you further.
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
I can get into the recovery console and that recognises that there is a windows there "C:/windows" which is option 1 of 1. and I can log onto it with the administrators password.
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cheritonitCommented:
This is the way you'll have to repair windows, then.

So, what errors do you get?   Are you able to boot into Windows?
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
no i get as far as the screen where theres a box in the middle of the screen saying "starting windows" and it freezes there, the same in safe mode.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Are you running any other drives (IDE perhaps) in the system?  If so, you might try disabling them (disconnect the ribbon cable and power)
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cheritonitCommented:
I assume that the same thing happens if you try Last Good Configuration?

Go into the Repair Console, log into 1 as you said.  Type FIXBOOT

You can then reboot.  See if that helps.
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
I have tried that , it didn't work. Any other suggestions?
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Try this:

Using the recovery console,

Attrib -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
DEL C:\boot.ini
    to delete the bad one
BootCfg  /Rebuild

to search for Windows installations and make a new one (Boot.ini file)

FE
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cheritonitCommented:
hmm... do a logged boot, and when the computer crashes, go into the Recovery Console and open the log file.  See what it crashed on.
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
Hi, No still dont get the repair option...
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cheritonitCommented:
You're going to have to do the repair manually.  A repair install only works if you have a repair disk
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daveboyle99Author Commented:
okay thats cool, how do i do that then?
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
If you are speaking of an ASR, this had to be created before the system crashed, and cannot be generated at this point..
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