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Because of some software issues, I started a repair install of Windows XP. It is stuck at 31 minutes. I don't want to do a clean install because I have a lot of programs already installed on the hard drive. It is stuck when it says installing networks. I have tried disabling network adapter, removed network cables, hit F10 and checked the logs. Still no luck. I will just like to get back to where I was before I started the repair install. Every time I reboot, the system tries to continue the installation and gets stuck at 31 minutes.
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Hello Fiuca,
Thanks for the link. I have tried all that and still has the same problem. Any other ideas? I would really love to just get back to where the system stops tring to reinstall windows xp.
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Well, let me think:

-not sure if under your circumstances you can press F8 while rebooting and try to load the last known good configuration

-if your files are so important and you need to recover, you'll need another hard drive, set it up as a MASTER, set your trouble HD as a slave, clean install the master and after reboot, you will be able to see your files from your slave drive.

-I'll try searching though
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Yes Fiuca,  I have tried that.  I have the drive as a slave drive and was able to access the data. But that still does not solve my problems. I have a lot of applications installed on the drive and do not want to have to install all of them over again; not to mention I dont even know where the cds are for about 15 of the applications. I really would love to just find a way to edit registry to where Windows will boot to my original Windows Xp without trying to continue the repair install. I have ghosted the drive to another drive and installed in the system but still with the same problem. I dont think it is a hardware problem at all. I know it has to be an OS problem trying to resolve something in registry duting repair install. I will to know how to stop the repair install and revert back to my old Windows Xp. Thanks for your help.
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Sti, I'll be off tomorrow so I'll try to find more ideas.
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Thank you Fiuca, Have a good evening.
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Found this one:

After many many many retries::
1. Booted XP CD to recovery console.
2. Did FixMBR and Fixboot C:
3. Disconnecte my network cable
4. Went into BIOS setup, pressed F9 (restore defaults - just in case)

and it worked.
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Another thing that could be: the media cables. Try with another media cable - whatever it is IDE, etc.
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Found another one that got it fixed this way:

1. When you are stuck at 32 or 31 minutes, press shift + F10. A command prompt box should pop up saying "C:\windows\system32".

2. At the prompt, type "taskmgr". The task manager window should pop up.

3. Click the "processes" tab

4. Find the process that is taking up all of the system resources (more than 90%) and click on it. Probably "spoolsv" or something to that effect (I'm relating that from my memory, as I have no desire to go through the repair install process again).

5. Click "end process". At this point your hard drive should start working again, the windows progress bar should begin to move, and you will cross that hitherto uncrossable 31 minute barrier!

6. Go through the rest of the install. It may freeze again (it did for me at 13 minutes), but make sure you give it some time to work before assuming it's a freeze. Once you determine it is indeed a freeze (esp. if it's at the 13 minute mark), then repeat steps 1 -5. It should then continue to progress. I experienced two freezes: one at 31 minutes and one at 13 minutes. At 2 minutes it looked at first like it might be a freeze but it was just slow. So don't be trigger happy about ending a process but do it when it is clear you're stuck.

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Thank you, Fiuca. I am trying this right now. I will let you know if this fixes my problem. By the way, I tried the FIXMBR and FIXBOOT ever before I posted the problem. That did not correct the problem.
Again, thanks for your help.
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Fiuca, You are a genius. The last solution you sent me fixed the problem. It worked just as you explained it. The isntallation got stuck at 31 minutes and 13 minutes. And ending the "spoolsvr" services from taskmanager both times got me through. All the other garbage recommendations on the internet did nothing but caused me more problems. Really, YOU ARE A GENIUS !!!! Thanks a million.
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Fiuca, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!! Thanks for your persistence and help in resolving this problem. All the recommendations on internet I tried only cause more problems. I really appreciate your help. The problem is solved . I am back to where I was three weeks ago. All my applications are working fine. God bless you.
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I'm so glad it worked.
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