How to exit XP Setup

Posted on 2005-05-08
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
  I recently installed a second Windows XP in FAT32 on a 6gb partition on my 80gb hard drive using Bootit NG as my partitioning utility.  My original XP is about 70gb in NTFS.  There are 2 other small partitions for Dell Utility and Bootit. I had some hal.dll issues and some other problems that were resolved by editing boot.ini.  See for further background.  Now my question is:
  I can boot into the 6gb new XP installation.  However, when I boot into the old XP I get the graphic setup for windows installation, requesting that I insert the CD to continue installation.      Apparently I accidently began an XP installation where the old XP is or maybe the new installation caused the problem, I don't know...
First, I'm getting a screen that says 'setup is restarting' or something like that and then I get the graphical windows installation screen that has the following in a column on the lefthand side (besides the advertising on the main screen for the features of windows xp):
radio buttons that say
  collecting information     // (selected)
  dynamic update             // (selected)
  preparing installation      // (selected)
  installing windows          //  (not selected)
  finalizing installation       //   (not selected)
  'Setup will complete in approximately: 39 minutes'

I would like to try to get back to the old XP altering as little as possible...
My questions are:
   is there something I can do to exit this installation setup and get back to my old XP?
   has the installation process thus far destroyed any of my old Windows XP configuration?
          apparently no installation has taken place, only 'preparations' whatever that entails
   should it be necessary to continue with this installation, will I be presented with an    
         option that will allow me to do only a repair and keep all my data intact?  I don't    
         know  enough about the installation setup to know if I will be presented with that
         option; I hope someone can enlighten me...
Question by:day7
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    Accepted Solution

    Finish the install and then do uninstall.  but during setup it should ask you if you want to save old files to later unistall.  I think that should do it.  

    Also before you do anything, make a copy of the profile folders "Documents and Settings"  when logged in to your other XP install.  And then even if you do reinstall you can just create a new profile and then copy the old profile on top of new one. Also make a backup before doing so.
    I believe you'd have to reinstall apps in that case.

    Best way to transfer all settings and files associated with windows profile is to use Transfer Wizard from XP install CD but I'm afraid it doesn't apply in your situation.

    Hope it helps.

    Author Comment

    I didn't exactly do it that way.  I ended up copying C: into another partition and then I installed over that to get me up and going again.  I guess I'll wade through everything and see what I want to keep, back it up and do a clean install later.  

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