The "To Repair the selected Windows XP installation by pressing the letter R" option not available

This is a Windows XP system. Due to some reasons, I want to run the system repair on this system. But, when booting up from XP CD, I found that the above option doesn't available. BTW, how to make it available OR any alternative to get system xp repaired?
BalackAsked:
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edbedbCommented:
You have to have the same version as the installed Widows XP OS. For example you can't repair an XP Pro SP3 with XP Home SP2.
What are you trying to repair?
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B HCommented:
to install the windows recovery console itself, you can run combofix here, it will also fix any usual infection.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

after installing the recovery console, you'll have a choice at bootup:  "windows xp" or "windows xp recovery console" with a few seconds to pick which one you want.  the default will be windows xp of course

no cd's needed
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TCM_KCHCommented:
Can you please explain your steps? Where you started and reaching the point where there is no repair command?
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BalackAuthor Commented:
After booting up xp using cd, and after choosing a fresh new xp, you may come to a stage whereby you can repair using recovery console by pressing "R". Skip this one, after that, the setup will proceed to check for any existing xp installation, if found, it would present an option - To Repair the selected Windows XP  installation by pressing the letter R"
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B HCommented:
ok that comment is flawed.

when you boot to the windows xp cd, it should load a bunch of files...

the VERY FIRST prompt after the files copy, that requires your interaction, will have the option to press R to get to the recovery console.  this is a dos-like state, where you can run some advanced commands.

if you press ENTER there, you'll get to the screen where you can choose to install a clean copy, or do a "REPAIR INSTALL".  the repair install copies all the files overtop of what's on your computer, not damaging your documents and whatnot.  

are you looking for RECOVERY CONSOLE or REPAIR INSTALL ?
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TCM_KCHCommented:
Do you mean that you can reach up to this stage, but you cannot press r for repair?
RC-001.jpg
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B HCommented:
note that pressing ENTER at the first prompt, the next screen might not let you do a repair-install if you are trying to use an OEM cd that came with your computer (will have a dell/hp/manufacturer logo on it).  this disk will want to erase everything and start over.

to do a repair install (R at the second prompt) you're going to need a full retail copy of XP.  you can make one using the files and OEM cd you already have, but it's not terribly easy.
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edbedbCommented:
You are getting a lot of bad or just wrong information here. I know exactly what you are trying to do and you are doing it right, but you need to have the correct version XP install CD to do it. Being OEM or full install does not matter as long as it is the type you have a key for.
What is it that you are trying to fix?
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BalackAuthor Commented:
On the snapshot shown by tcm_kcm, type ENTER to proceed. After that, the setup will try to detect any existing xp installation, if it find one, it will present an option - To Repair the selected Windows XP  installation by pressing the letter R".

And now on this xp system, I can't see this option. So, I can't repair xp. Take note, this repair is different from the FIRST REPAIR OPTIION BY USING RECOVERY CONSOLE.

got it?
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edbedbCommented:
Yes I got it, I got it from the beginning. Let me try to explain it to you.
If you have XP Pro with SP3 you have to have an XP Pro with SP3 install CD to have the repair option at that screen. You won't have the option to repair with a XP Pro with SP2 install CD. You won't have the option to repair with a XP Home with SP3.
Likewise if you have XP Home. You cannot do a repair install with XP Pro CD.
You also have to make sure you have the right type of install CD. If you have a Dell or HP for example you have to have an OEM type CD and not an upgrade or full install. Otherwise, you will not be able to activate it
 I assume you do not have the install CD you need. The only other option is to do a full install or fix the problem without doing a repair install.
So I will ask you for the 3rd time. What is it that you are trying to fix?
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BalackAuthor Commented:
close for the sake of closing
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