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XP repair installation keeps restarting over and over, while a normal installation works

Staudte asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi Experts,

I have PC here where the XP installation was somehow messed up. After some fiddling around I decided that the easiest thing would be to run a repair installation - that something I have done many, many times.

However, after the system rebooted the first time to continue in graphic mode, it displays the full-screen XP logo with the running bar for a short while and then reboots - over and over again. Hardware can be excluded, because I have imaged the system to a completely new PC, too, and that made no difference. However, if I do a full reinstallation along with formatting the partition, the setup continues nicely in graphic mode - only when I do a repair installation it dies as soon as it gets into the graphic part of the setup.

How can some old and (more or less) messed up configuration cause the setup (that is supposed to overwrite it) to crash? I could, of course, just reinstall cleanly, but I want to save myself the effort of reinstalling all the applications...

Do you have any suggestions out of this misery?

Thanks a lot!

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