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Can i "undo" a failed XP Home Repair?

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I have a client's Dell Dimension 4600 that has the dreaded "RPC Shutdown problem" (seen exactly here http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_20752586.html )

Having solved this before with a Repair Install, I tried unsuccessfully to do the same here...I tried to repair a XP Home SP2 installation with a XP Home Dell OEM SP1 disk.  I get stuck at 39 minutes after files are copied, machines reboots, and the install 'stall" happens....I've read on EE that perhaps I need to do the repair with an SP2 disk...

A few questions:
- Can I use the SP2 upgrade CD (from MSFT) in the actual repair process?
- If not...Rather than building a slipstream SP2,  can I undo/restore to the state before the repair ?

When I say restore, I mean the CMD line restore ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449/ ).  I've tried to issue the command in the Repair DOS environment, but get command unrecognized...prob due to the limited DOS env Windows Repair provides....Can I run this via a Shift F10 (DOS) that i can get to when I do not put in the CD for the Repair Install process? Or can i run this when running ERD COMMANDER 2002?

I'm on the road now, or else I'd be experimenting....

Thanks in advance,
CSS
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by:coldspringsolutions
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I just found this....

http://icrontic.com/articles/repair_windows_xp

Would this bring me back to where I was post-failed-repair-install?

I dont want to risk normal start-up of 4 user profiles, plus admin...

Thanks,
CSS
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Any thoughts out there?

Thanks,
CSS
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florin_s earned 1500 total points
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ii think youre best chance right now is using an xp with sp2 slipstreamed. an original xp home disk not the dell oem version(if it's not for that specific pc)
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Thanks Florin....I believe you are right that I need to make a Slipstreamed SP2....=

It turns out the machine is still running SP1...even the (multiple) attempts to do a repair-install failed.
I can not invoke the CMD line restore utility from the SHIFT F10 CMD window during the stalled re-install.
I can not invoke the CMD line restore utility from ERD COMMANDER 2002's CMD window.

I am bummed that this Dell Dim does not have Symantec Image restore, as this box was shipped 7/03....The Ghost Image was shipped with Dell Dim machines after 7/04...

Seems my options are:
- SP2 slipstream repair-install; slipstream I'll need to build
- complete OS re-install, from OEM CD...with re-install of all the drivers, apps, etc....ug...

I'll try your suggestion first....

Regards,
CSS

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by:coldspringsolutions
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I did make the slipstream CD as suggested, but used the Upgrade XP Home CD.  This was in conflict with the XP Home already installed and the repair install did not work....I ultimately did a clean install...thanks....
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