How do I get into repair on XP cd

By fnugen
Oct 12, 2005
  1. Okay.........stupid question time. How do I boot my pc off the winXP cd to attempt a repair of XP ?? I placed the CD in my drive, changed CMOS to 1st boot cd/dvd..........and it goes right into windows. WTF am I not doing right ?? Off the CD I have install, or upgrade when in windows.....can I shortcut my way through to the repair option through there?? Not ready for a reformat yet, want to try the repair side of !!!

  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Did you make sure to save the changes before exiting? what kind of OS disk do you have? retail, OEM?
  3. fnugen

    fnugen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 104

    Yes I saved. XPhome SP2 retail.
  4. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    Is this an original CD or a copy? If it's a copy maybe it's not bootable. In that case you will need to use the 6 floppy disk boot disk set. On my PC it prompts me to hit a key to boot from CD-ROM, if I don't it goes to the next boot device set in the bios and skips the CD-ROM drive. Once you get it to bot from the CD-ROM you just follow along the menus as if you were going to install XP. You will get an option to repair the existing XP install on the hard drive.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    iss has a very good point.

    When you change the boot order in bios, you must save and exit the bios, with your Windows XP disk in the drive.

    Full instructions for doing a Windows repair can be found HERE

    Regards Howard :) :)
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