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How to Recover Windows XP using CD

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I have an old Dell computer that I am attempting to revive.  Booting from the Installation CD I choose "R" to "repair a Windows XP installation using Recover Console." I am then asked which installation I would  like to log onto. There is only one and I enter "1." I enter the administrator password and then am taken to a C:\Windows prompt. I am not prompted for anything more.  Where do I go from here?
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Are you trying to repair the operating system or re-install it?  If your trying to run a repair of the O/S, don't enter the recovery console.  Once your past that part of the install boot up, you will get an option after setup scans your drive (if it finds the old version of Windows) to perform a "repair" of that operating system.  You can also go past that and perform a new install, but I think your trying to get to the repair and not the recovery console...
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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After this it should ask "Which windows installation you would like to log on to"
Then you have to select.
Go through this article once.
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Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console for advanced users
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

The recovery console is really for people who are familiar with the exact process they need to accomplish in it. The above has a list of commands available....

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

I think this is where kcoect was going to with their comment....
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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You've gone to the Recovery Console but I think you might have been trying to repair/reinstall.  See this article for what to do with the Dell media
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_3218.html
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by:Dave Baldwin
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It depends on what is wrong with the system.  From the command line you can run 'chkdsk' to repair some things in the file system.
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All: Thank you for the suggestions. It will be a day or two before I can have access to the computer again. I will then wend my way through the material you submitted and see what repairs can be effected.
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by:johnb6767
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Thanks for the update... If you let us know more of the problems, we can help more accurately....
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by:nobus
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the recovery console you're at is intended for running commands, like fixboot, fixmbr and more
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All: Indeed, I should have approached the question with what is wrong with the system that I would like to correct. The issue is that after the computer starts and sometime during the process where the Windows XP logo is showing it reboots.  It will continue this cycle repeatedly. At the boot menu I have tried "Last Good Configuration" but with the same results. I had assumed a reinstallation or repair of the OS would do the trick.

So now with the question reworded what should I do?

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well - obviously something is wrong somewhere ; probably with the disk or it's contents
what i do is :
1-if you want to protect your data, make an image of the drive, or backup your data
--->you can do so, by connecting the disk drive to a workking system, and copy what you need, or use a live boot cd :
===http://www.ubcd4win.com/                  ubcd  Win
===http://www.knoppix.org/                         Knoppix      
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2-then i TEST the drive with the manufacturers diag; you find them all on UBCD : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
3-then you can run chkdsk on the drive, by booting from the install cd to recovery console, or from UBCD4Win
4-then you can do a repair install : http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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by:Dave Baldwin
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I had one like that where the video section had partly failed.  It would do plain VGA but as soon as the real Windows driver tried to load, it would reboot.  I could get it to load Knoppix if I selected 16-bit video but If I selected 24-bit video, it couldn't find the hard disk.  I think that indicates a broken memory interface.
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nobus: Without following anything you suggested in your points 1, 2, or 3 I skipped straight to item 4 and followed the instructions from  http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm.  It worked and I am able to boot the computer just fine.  I did have to reinstall the device drivers however. Thank you for the link.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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hmm ... wasn't that the link johnb6767 posted earlier?
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by:nobus
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>>  : Without following anything you suggested in your points 1, 2, or 3 I skipped straight to item 4 <<    that is your choice; but that is taking risks -  what happens when you try to repair a system on a bad disk ??
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Indeed, john6767 did suggest the solution first. However, it was nobus answer after I reworded the question.  I hope both will accept a a sharing of the points with john6767 getting primary credit for the sake of others who may venture into this question.
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by:nobus
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no problem with me
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All I was hoping for.....  Thanks!!
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