System reinstall from CD

By MrsBubster ยท 4 replies
Apr 29, 2007
  1. Hi all,

    I have been having problems with my PC since yesterday and Windows XP will no longer load. It doesn't load any further than the blue Windows XP screen. I have been told to try and repair Windows from the CD I was provided with when I bought my computer. I have tried this tonight and everything seems to go OK but after keying in the product key and with about 29 minutes to go my computer freezes. The little green light in the bottom right corner stops moving. I have waited for about 30 minutes but nothing else happens. I am then forced to boot my PC and I end up going through the same process all over again without being able to complete the repair installation.

    Any ideas as to why this is happening and how I can finish the repair and reinstall Windows XP?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    How old is the hard drive?
    You might want to try a cold boot to a floppy windows 98 boot disk if you have a floppy drive... remove the partition, reboot, install the partition, reboot. Format the partion with FAT 32.
    Then cold boot to the Windows disc after assuring that it is clean and without scratches... and try again.
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  4. MrsBubster

    MrsBubster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The hard drive is about 2 years old.
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    From MSoft FAQ

    ? asked
    How do you perform a reinstallation of Windows XP, sometimes called a repair installation?
    Reply :
    Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

    When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

    Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

    Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

    In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

    Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
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