Problems with Windows XP... Someone please help ASAP

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  1. reaXion

    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    I can't book up windows xp and I don't want to reformat my hd and loose everything on my HD.

    I can't install a copy over the copy that I already have installed.
    I can't network the stupid thing for some reason either.
    The laptop that I'm using doesn't even have a cd-rw so I can backup the files.

    How do I backup the files without loosing everything on the HD?

    Will deleting the partitions delete the contents of the HD?
    Can I delete the partitions and install a copy of windows on one partition and then network the laptop back it up repartition it back to one drive and reinstall after I backup everything...

    I'm so fustrated.
    please help me out.
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    If repairing the existing installation doesn't work, just install Windows into a different directory (ie. c:\windows2). Choose to leave the file system intact. Deleting a partition deletes all data contained in it. Don't do that. Once you have a working Windows, you can network it or use a USB drive to backup your stuff.
     
  3. reaXion

    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    Wow thanks for your help.
    Ok I have 804 mb free on my laptop (I use the thing for DJing)
    and I need like 990 to install windows.

    I used dos to try to delete some program files and it won't let me
    I'm using a ms-dos start up disk.
    Any other recomandations?

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Exile

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    Well its about as crude as you an get, but its possible to establish a network to another computer using the serial port. Can't remember exactly how (not somethng you really want to do) its very slow, but at least you can back the stuff up to another machine.

    What exactly is the problem you are having with Windows? Maybe its possible to fix the issue.
     
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    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    When it starts up I get a blue screen saying that I installed hardware that was conflicting with the system, but I haven't installed anything.
    It won't even boot up in safe mode.

    It's very fustrating.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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  7. reaXion

    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    I will the serial cable thing as a last resort... if i can find the cable...

    I got a dos program that will let me see the files on my HD.
    When I got to delete some files like
    del d:\peachw it says access denied.
    How can i access these files so i can delete them and install windows elsewhere?
     
  8. Exile

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    Sounds like a driver got corrupted then. Those are always a pain to fix. You might be able to track the driver by booting in safe mode, when you do it lists all the drivers files that it is attempting to load (it looks like a big list of files zooming by). In theory if you can figure out the last file it tried to load you can identify the problem driver. Thats a heck of a trick since they go by so fast.

    Here's a thought, if you can get a copy of partition magic (there are other programs that can do this but thats the only one I know of) you can resize your C: partition. Shrink it down to as small as it can get. Basically you are cutting the 800 MB of freespace out of the partition. Then you can create a new partition (which should be drive D:) you can copy your files to the new partition then format C: to reinstall windows.

    There is no way to resize a partition from the basic Dos tools, don't even try this in fdisk. Aside from that the only other option I can think of to reinstall windows without losing your data would be to copy all the files out using the floppy. I'm not sure what all you need to back up but odds are floppies will take forever.
     
  9. Exile

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    You need a Null Modem cable, just FYI.

    Do you know what the filesystem you were using was? If it was NTFS thats pretty much game on removing the files from Dos, I don't know of any tools that let you modify or delete NTFS files outside of windows.
     
  10. reaXion

    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    Yea it's NTFS
     
  11. Exile

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    Resizing the partition should still work with NTFS. But you won't be able to delete files, you can't modify an NTFS file system with the windows drivers and auhentication for it. At least I've never seen anything that will let you do it.
     
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    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    can you run partition magic in dos?
     
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    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    Is there anyway i can delete the files through the recovery console from a windows xp disk or win2k disk?
     
  14. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    yes, you can delete from the recovery console
     
  15. Exile

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    Thats cool, guess I should take a closer look at the recovery console then, never knew you could do that
     
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    reaXion Texas is better then your mom

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    Thanks for your help guys.
    I got win2k pro to install and backed up everything.

    Thanks again.
     
  18. Mark

    Mark Diesel Junkie

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    now get Linux (Debian is best) and never let it happen agn.
     

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