how to Repair Windows XP

For some reason, when I try to open XP I get a small screen
that says:  The system is not fully installed.  Please run setup
again.  I was hoping I could repair using Recovery Consul,
rather than in starting over again, even with a quick install.
The problem is that a password is required.  I recently reinstalled
XP, and don’t recall assigning a password.
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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS DeskCommented:
If you need to clear the password, you can use the Ultimate Boot CD, it does come with a utility to clear it or change it. As for the repair, you should boot off the XP CD and run the repair option. I hope this helps.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Have you tried leaving the password blank?
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
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GlenAJAuthor Commented:
Epemias – There is no repair option when booting
From the disk - only from the Recovery console.

MASO – Yes – I left it blank when I installed the OS.
That doesn’t help when I’m asked for the password.

Alan – can’t get to run to use file checker unless I start XP.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
GlenAJAuthor Commented:
Alan - can't get to any mode - am told to run setup again
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
So at this point
Recovery Console launchesHitting 'Enter' without putting in a password gets an error or "Access Denied"?

Which installation media are you using?  If it's from a PC manufacturer which brand?
Which version of XP & which Service Pack?
i agree with Masq : more info is needed on what you are using and doing
GlenAJAuthor Commented:
To repair the OS, I am using the same XP Professional sp3 CD that
I originally used to install the OS.

Hitting ‘enter’ without password brings you back to the command
line again.  After 3 tries with or without a wrong password, you
have to start over.

So, I gave up on repairing using recovery consul, “bit the bullet,”
and decided to run setup again as I was told. (read question again)
The two choices are recovery consul or install XP.  After choosing
to install XP, I saw an option to repair.  No password was required,
repairs are completed, and everything now works.  I’m surprised
you experts didn’t advise me of this.
well i was not sure of what you were doing
btw it's not a repair consul - but repair console
if you had said that from the start i could have helped you directly

anyway - i'm glad it's resolved
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
I think we all had worked out where you were, what we didn't have was the info about which media you were using and checking that a blank password (usually the commonest solution) wasn't relevant.

The error you were getting is caused by the installation CD containing a proprietary Admin password that isn't present on all XP media but until we know what media you are using that doesn't become clear.

The route you took would, I'm sure,  have been the recommendation of anyone here & we of course expect that you're going to be trying other things while waiting for replies from your posts so it's no surprise you got there ahead of us.  You've the advantage of being there and seeing exactly what's happening.

We're effectively at the other end of a phone line unable to see what you can, hence the extra questions to make sure we don't send you down a route that's going to make things worse.

If you've the time to read it, this is why knowing which XP CD you're using is important as it can fix things but also mess them up so much you have to start again.

Kudos on fixing it though - you get to accept your own comment as the solution so that others seeing the same issue get directed to it.

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GlenAJAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your efforts.  I’m awarding points for trying to answer a question
 that may not have been worded correctly.  But then, if I knew enough to be
more precise, I probably would not have had the problem in the first place.
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