Repair Install on Toshiba Laptop

I need to perform a repair install on a  toshiba laptop. My problem is that the toshiba recovery disks do not give the repair option, only a format and install option, I tried to do a repair install with an OEM disk but it gave me activation issues. now is there a way to do a repair install on a system that will not boot(even into safe mode) when the manufacturer restore disk does not give a repair install option?
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did you try the repair on the first screen
NerdsNowAuthor Commented:
These old Toshiba Restore disks dont boot the same as an xp disk. it boots to a toshiba recovery screen where the only option is to restore the factory image, there is no repair on the first screen
Check this:

you had to either contact Toshiba, , or maybe use the XP CD , but make sure that you backup the data first

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Since you already did a repair install with an OEM disk you need to backup their stuff if any and reinstall using the toshiba disks now to fix the activation issue, I know from experience. Toshiba sucks like that.

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Gonna have to agree, backup and reinstall. Unless you can get a hold of a Windows XP cd that's not OEM you might get luck, especially getting it to accept your key.
Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
if you can get to your data, back it up and use the XP cd to install the system, instead of the Toshiba Restore Disc.
You "SHould" be able to use the CD Key which should be some where on the Laptop to install the system against the XP OEM CD.

This is a better way of installation than the Restore Disk, as you are given better control over your installation and you have no limits like you do using the restore disks.

Manufactures that started doing this restore disk mess, did this purely to remove the control from the end user, knowing that after a while they would purchase another computer (or) purchase another CD through them, in return making more money per consumer.
That is why when I purchase a new computer I will purchase a OEM CD (or) Just purchase a Retail CD of what ever OS that I want to install and get the system home and never boot up to the desktop, I automatically boot to the OS CD and
[D]elete the drive
[C]reate a partition for the OS

Sometimes I will create the rest of the partitions (or) I will wait until I get on the desktop after the install to create the rest of the paritions.

Good Luck
(Restore Disk Sucks
Actual Microsoft Disk Are the real deal)

Just my 2cents here
NerdsNowAuthor Commented:
ok so in this case I can do that but for future reference, if somebody has a toshiba, is there a way to do a repair install?
read warning #2  : what if the repair option is not available :
NerdsNowAuthor Commented:
Toshiba does suck
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