Repair install XP

  Strawballs 00:58 01 Dec 06

My son has bought a PC home from work because every time you try to boot it it goes to the screen that gives the option to boot into safe mode, last known good configureation, etc.

I have tried all of the options and each time it goes back to the same screen and no further, he also has the windows disc that came with the machine.

I am right that if I do a repair install using that disc then he will not loose any applications or non windows data?

  Diodorus Siculus 07:57 01 Dec 06

Repair installations should be ok - they tend to keep the data on the disk and just repair the system files etc.

But as with all things Windows, no guarantee!

  BurrWalnut 08:37 01 Dec 06

Just to add to Diodorus Siculus's reply, you will have to reinstall all Windows service packs and updates.

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  Taff™ 08:55 01 Dec 06

I would copy the data first before you do the repair install. It is rare to lose the data but....

  Strawballs 14:02 01 Dec 06

If I could copy the data Taff that would mean that I could get into windows and would not have a problem.

The repair would not work because when it got to the part of checking for previously install copies it just came up with unformatted partion yet the windows screen comes up at first with the scrolling blue bar before it loops back into the safe mode screen, could this be something to do with the fact that the HDD is SATA, I only have expirence of IDE.

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