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Windows Bootable CD????

I can't believe I'm asking this - it doesn't seem that long ago when all disks used to be bootable, I suppose things have moved on so much, but I have a sick XP Home PC with no install disks. It won't boot into Safe Mode but the HDD is spinning up so I'm guessing a chunk has come out of the HDD in a system file...maybe...so I'm trying to create a bootable CD to run a repair. I have a Vista laptop on the web, and I can't understan how hard it is to get an image for the XP disk(s?).
My question is:
If I go to the site www.allbootdisks.com the XP home has four disks, do I need only disk one for repair?
Another site bootdisk.com has a xp diskette zip file which only has 4 files on it, forgive my vintage but no command.com does that matter for running the old disk repaird utils?
Can I just use an old dos 6.2 to run the chkdsk?


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Silas2
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flubbsterCommented:
You should be able to download an iso boot disk for W98 and then run chkdsk from there.

Use something like imgburn to burn the image to the cd.
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Silas2Author Commented:
You reckon Win98 will be ok even if a file needs replacing?
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danleinCommented:
Take your pick.. There are downloadable links to make a bootable CD here with recovery console as well as instructions on creating a bootable USB drive:

http://reboot.pro/2254/

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flubbsterCommented:
No. It is only for running chkdsk. If a file needs replacing, you will need the same version XP CD that you are currently running so that you can run a system file check (sfc). That is the only way files will be replaced. Your best bet is to try to borrow one if needed. The other option is that if your system has the i386 folder on it, that can also be used for file replacement if needed. The problem is that you still need to be able to run sfc.
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Silas2Author Commented:
The vista laptop seems to burn cd's at 4.5 gig, will that run on the old XP machine?
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flubbsterCommented:
If you can't getan xp cd, the just get the recovery console from here:

http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso

Use a program like imgburn (free) to burn the image to a cd. The only other issue is if there is an admin password and you don't know it. You will need it to boot to the recovery console.
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skaraiCommented:
Be carfeful with your media - the Vista laptop wont burn a CD with 4.5 GB since a CD cant hold that much data - in case you insert DVD media it will. Your XP machine on the other hand may only have a CD rom and may not be able to read DVD media. Accordingly make sure you use CD media not DVD media when you are trying to burn the recovery image for XP.
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Silas2Author Commented:
Thanks for all your help. I found an XP disk so I could run the Recovery Console, it needed a chkdsk to enumerate the files, then I just needed to rename a seemingly unneeded sys file (gagp30kx.sys?? i think only used by some chipsets...maybe...hopefully) which was damaged and making Safe Mode hang.
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