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Rollback failed XP Repair install

I have an XP Home SP3 machine that is sick.   I'm pretty adept at unwinding problems, but created a bigger one.

One of my standard steps is to do a repair install from OEM Dell CD for SP1.

Repair Install went fine, however on Setup it hangs on 39 minutes.

I looked in setupapi.log and there are problems with initpki.dll.

I read this board, and many others, thru the night, to no avail.

What I would like to do is a System Restore.  Ive read the at MSFT has purchased the ERD software, and had it available for a time for a 30 day trial.  I have ERD 2002, but it does not have the System Restore function.

Two questions:
- can I rollback the failed Repair install
- is there another way to invoke System Restore

I have uninstalled both iE8 and iE7, as suggested by MSFT.  I've renamed CATROOT2 folder.  I've deleted tmp* files in CATROOT.

Help much appreciated.


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There is no way to rollback a failed install.

What I would try, at this point, is two things:

Run a chkdsk /r, to repair any disk errors.

On a separate computer, use nLite to slipstream SP3 into your installation CD, and try again.

With SP3 slipstreamed, it might skip right over that error, and you'll get your repair.
Try Ubcd4win's system restore feature (regreswiz).
http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm  iso help

Also if it does work try repairing with a sp2 or 3 cd :)
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coldspringsolutionsAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks....I've already done the chkdsk /r in the Recovery Console.

will try the SP3 slipstream...

Failing that, will try regreswiz

Stay tuned
coldspringsolutionsAuthor Commented:
I was able to create the Slipstream SP3 boot disk.  Made with Dell OEM SP1 install and MSFT SP3.
The Repair install attempt would not show the Repair option.
I followed the standard chkdsk, copy ntdlr, copy ntdetect.com, bootcfg /rebuild, fooxboot, chkdsk...
Repair option will not show...I've read that this is common with Slipstream cd's.

Now onto UBCD4WIN and the regreswiz....

More ideas welcomed.....
coldspringsolutionsAuthor Commented:
regreswiz got me back to the windows UI !!!

THANK YOU optoma!

Next....the system is slow as heck...

So....I went back to the SlipStream SP3 cd....and the repair option is THERE....!

Repairing now....
coldspringsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Both were equally as important...THANK YOU....
You're welcome :)

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