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W7 repair disc and xp

Hi there,

Easy question for you all ----- I read somewhere many months ago that a W7 repair disc might actually be useful in repairing an xp install. searches didin't find anything so now I'm thinking that I read whatever it was I read incorrectly.

The question: Can a w7 repair disc be used to troubleshoot an xp install?

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Jackie ManCommented:
From my experience, the answer is NO.

From Winodws Vista onwards, the XP recovery console has been replaced with WIN RE, Windows Recovery Environment, and consequently, the tools provided by XP recovery console and WIN RE only share a little bit in common. (only chkdsk /r are the same among the two recovery plaftorm). Besides, XP recovery console is a DOS-based (i.e. command line) whereas WIN RE is a User-based (i.e. graphical user interface with most of the repair tools which can be done by users, not desktop support engineers).

The principles behind the change in the recovery platform is that there is a fundamental shift from the technology behind the OS and the security standard being adopted. From Windows Vista onwards, the technology behind the OS is based on server technology and more emphasis have been made on tightening the security of the OS, such as UAC, reserved system files and folders, etc.)

If you want to discuss on your question, it can be a technical thesis at the length of a book. So, I will not say too much and let other experts to share their views and ideas.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Well, I'd say that the selected answer is WRONG in my opinion.  It depends is a better answer.  It depends on what is wrong with the XP install.  If it's a corrupt registry, AND if you know what to do, then a Win7/Vista DVD is definitely enough.  You boot to it, open a command prompt, and you no longer have the limited recovery console environment but rather a FULL Command prompt to manipulate files and restore a backup of the registry. Not to mention that especially on newer systems, the SATA drivers are going to be built in to the Vista/Win7 media and NOT (likely) in the XP media.
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sio2yAuthor Commented:
Hmmm....can fixboot, diskchk, rstrui be run at that point?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I agree with leew ... you probably cannot use the Startup Repair or System Restore features of the Windows 7 RE to repair XP, but there are certainly other things from the command prompt that could be done through the Windows 7 DVD.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Never tried fixboot on an XP system... MAYBE would be my answer on that scenario.
Chkdsk should work - might even be SAFER since original versions of Windows XP had issues with large drives over 128 GB.
rstrui?  Don't think I ever used or heard of this...
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sio2yAuthor Commented:
rstrui.exe....syem restore
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Jackie ManCommented:
I do not agree as it will just make a mess for the fix.

As a desktop support technican, using the right tool for the right OS is important amd there are many commands which are different between XP and Windows 7.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'll repeat - IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING - using the a Win7 boot CD is fine and EASIER than an XP CD.  My time is valuable and I know what generally works and what doesn't - and if you know what generally works and generally doesn't then it's perfectly fine to use.

Put another way - I use the Command prompt features ONLY on the Win7/Vista disk - I would not use any of the "automated' tools to recover an XP system.  But using those tools means you know how Windows works and would otherwise perform similar tasks with a BartPE based boot CD.
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