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Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option

Fred Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup.

Screen Seven finally shows verbiage that's not recycled from the generic XP setup, but is specific to our Repair task. Setup should find your damaged copy of XP and present it for repair, as shown:


At long last, Setup begins to refer to a Repair option. Here, Setup should have found your damaged XP setup, which you can select and then press R to start the nondestructive repair.

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Screen Seven
At long last, Setup begins to refer to a Repair option. Here, Setup should have found your damaged XP setup, which you can select and then press R to start the nondestructive repair.

If your damaged copy of XP isn't highlighted in the list box, highlight it now. When it's selected, press R to start the repair process.

The Repair process then selectively deletes system files in the \Windows folder and subfolders and copies undamaged replacement files from the setup CD to their proper locations.


Screen Eight
The Repair operation replaces all potentially damaged system files with fresh copies from the CD.

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The Repair operation replaces all potentially damaged system files with fresh copies from the CD.

The Repair process then works on the current setup's Registry, leaving much of it intact and rebuilding the rest.


There's no fanfare, but this is one of the nicer parts of the Repair process: Setup retains what it can in the current Registry so that already-installed hardware and software will remain installed.

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Screen Nine
There's no fanfare, but this is one of the nicer parts of the Repair process: Setup retains what it can in the current Registry so that already-installed hardware and software will remain installed.

The system then needs to reboot and will do so automatically. If your setup CD is still in the drive, remove it so that the system won't try to boot from it.


Screen Ten
With the system files freshly copied and the Registry ready for rebuilding, the system needs to reboot. Remove the CD from the drive so that the PC will boot to the hard drive instead of to the CD.

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With the system files freshly copied and the Registry ready for rebuilding, the system needs to reboot. Remove the CD from the drive so that the PC will boot to the hard drive instead of to the CD.

The first Repair reboot will take longer than normal. Don't be alarmed. Also, don't be alarmed when Setup resumes. Once again, it will appear that you're performing a full, from-scratch setup; there's nothing on-screen to indicate that you're repairing an existing version of XP. But although the setup screens are the same as what you'd see in a full install, it's still a repair process, as will become clearer in a moment.

The first two of the Repair setup screens ask for your language preferences and product key. Enter these normally.


Screen Eleven
When Setup resumes, it will appear that you're performing a full, from-scratch setup. But don't worry--you're still indeed repairing your existing version of XP.

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Screen Twelve
When Setup resumes, it will appear that you're performing a full, from-scratch setup. But don't worry--you're still indeed repairing your existing version of XP.

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When Setup resumes, it will appear that you're performing a full, from-scratch setup. But don't worry--you're still indeed repairing your existing version of XP.


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ttodd0450
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6/25/2014 | 1:18:10 PM
recovery disc using the fix R stage from within reinstall windows stage
read the entire 5 page report on this  and I followed all of it .. I was having a problem with "NTLDR missing"   .. and needed to boot from the recovery disc and install these  two files for 'ntldr missing' to be fixed .. I went into the  'fix R'  stage from 'install XP windows' page  .. and strange as it seems it just grabbed the files from the disc and 15 seconds later rebooted into the windows logo .....   

all worked fine ..
JamesD502
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JamesD502,
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4/24/2014 | 8:13:25 AM
Re: Upgrading from Windows XP
If using a different XP install disc, do you enter the original key, or the key from the new disc?
ChrisR000
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2/14/2014 | 10:44:01 PM
Re: Upgrading from Windows XP
Yes, look on ebay and just purchase another.

 
dripley
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1/27/2014 | 6:30:36 AM
Non-destructive rebuild....
Like several others, I too do not get the 'R' option when selecting the existing installation. Why is this?
jaybee1450
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1/9/2014 | 3:03:39 PM
Upgrading from Windows XP
I am trying to install Windows 7 on an older Dell XPS 400 that came with Windows XP installed. Unfortunately when I cleaned up the computer I erased and lost the pre-installed XP. The XP came pre-installed and I do not have a diskette to reinstall it. The reason I need to do this is because my Windows 7 program looks for it in order ti install over it. Can anyone think of a way to (a) get a copy of XP on diskette or (b) to get around this problem another way. Thanks for any help.
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byterbit,
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11/30/2013 | 10:16:29 PM
SP3 ? Can this work with SP3 ?
 Can this work with SP3 ?
JustinT755
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11/7/2013 | 3:45:26 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I never got an option to Repair Windows Installation, I was able to delete the windows files and re-install them, but no Repair Option
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3/24/2013 | 1:27:05 AM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I've used this procedure more than once since I read this article. It worked perfectly each time and instantly refreshed and speeded up my old XP system. I printed it out and have it on a shelf in my computer desk for easy access when needed. All it takes is the ability to follow very easily understood instructions. Probably the most useful thing I've ever read, ;)

Thanks, Fred!
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2/13/2012 | 5:24:19 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I have reached screen 16 and was wondering how long does it take for it to get to the next screen..not sure if it is hung up or configuring..
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12/21/2011 | 5:08:44 PM
re: Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
I'm trying to do this on a computer that I have been using for a long time but with a 9 month old 320 g drive. a virus is preventing me from using any programs or internet from c:even though it boots ok and the desktop looks fine. It just wont do anything. My screen 7 does not mention the repair option. It doesn not recognize a damaged xp.but it is telling me I have a either a full partition or damaged or not formated right and is telling me I have to format the partitian and that I have 131072mg left (which doesn't seem right) It only leads to distructive re install NO REPAIR OPTION. Do I just have the wrong set up disc? what now? .
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