After system restore WinXP Pro wont start

By vinman
Aug 10, 2005
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  1. I work for a kid's shelter where the kids have had access to the computer as an administrator. I used system restore and went back maybe 4 or 5 months. Now the computer won't start. We have another computer that was donated that is essentially the same as the other and therefore I tried creating a boot floppy from the functioning computer (both have PROFESSIONAL INSTALLED). This didn't work and I did set the boot sequence.
    I know one can repair using the Installion CD. We were never given this.

    I have gotten to the recovery console and have tried all w/last known config going into a loop of restarting and the others (safe mode w/or w/o command prompt and the others) and it just hangs when loading.

    The only other options I have is to
    1. Install win 98 se (this is our only copy of an OS) or possibly
    2. I could install my version of XP Home and try tp repair PRO from there?

    Please help

    Vince
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    I don't think you will be able to use your XP Home disk to repair the Pro version. Even if you can, once you have repaired, you wouldn't be able to register for the updates anymore.

    I'd say you have to either buy a copy of XP, or install the version you already own (98se).
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