How to Repair Windows XP Home OEM Version on a HP PC?

I have a HP Desktop PC. I am trying to repair Windows XP Home without using the recovery partition included on the computer. If I use the recovery partition, I will have to reload any software that is currently on my pc. I have several programs loaded that I cannot locate the discs. When I try to repair using a Windows Xp home disc, I get past the F8 prompt but I don't get the option to repair windows. What can I do to repair my Windows files without using the HP recovery application?
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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
>>Windows XP Home OEM
This means that you have the Actual Windows CD.
Is this correct?
If so.

Reboot the computer with the CD in the drive.
Press key to boot from CD.
(Making sure that BIOS is set to boot from CD F2, F12, DEL usually gets you into BIOS)

Drivers load screen
F8 to accept the License Agreement
Choose [Enter] To Repair your Installation (Choose this option)
Then follow the prompts.

Good Luck
Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
Do you receive an error or what do you see after pressing [F8]?
(Sorry, typed faster then I read)
What does it do, and what are your options?
ccchelpAuthor Commented:
The options that I get are just to delete a partition and install fresh copy of windows or create load windows on same partition as previous installation.
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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
You should be seeing something like this

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
As seen in this screenshot. (pay no attention to the arrow)
ccchelpAuthor Commented:
This is the screen that I am getting. I would like to repair the pc without using the recovery console.
Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
Have a look here please.

It has been a long time since I did a Repair on an XP System.
So, I am providing the link above for your reading pleasure.
I hope that it will have the information that you are needing.
(It should)


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Have you tried system restore before anything else ?
If you have correct install disk

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

In this window you must choose install, and windows will search for existing windows instalation on disk. When founded windows will offer option to repair existing installation.
make a windows cd from the recovery :
ccchelpAuthor Commented:
I will try the solution from nobus. It looks very promising. I let u know if it works and apply the points accordingly. Thanks for everyone's response.
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