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Got XP File Corruption?

Now you can partially reinstall the operating system to correct the problems.

Windows XP includes a new Repair Reinstall option. This option should be used when you have determined that the operating system files are corrupt, but you don’t want to completely format the hard drive and reinstall the entire operating system.

To Perform the Repair Reinstall, follow these steps:

1. Reboot your computer with the Windows XP CD in the CD drive.
A message will appear on a black screen with white letters: Press any key to boot from the CD.

2. Press the <Spacebar> to boot to the Windows XP CD.
After several moments of initializing some modules, the Windows XP Setup screen will appear.

Windows XP Home Edition Setup

Welcome to Setup.

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft<R> Windows<R> XP to run on your computer.

   To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using
Recovery Console, press R.

  • To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Enter=Continue R=Repair F3=Quit



NOTE:    The second option on this screen reads R=Repair, Do Not Press the <R> Key at this time. This option is actually for the Recovery Console. There will be another repair option available later in this process.

3. Press the <Enter> key. The Windows XP Licensing Agreement appears.

4. Read the license agreement and press the <F8> key to agree. Setup will search for previous versions of Windows.

Windows XP Home Edition Setup

If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an installation.

To repair the selected Windows XP installation,
press R.

  • To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC. C:\WINDOWS "Microsoft Windows XP Home Editio

F3=Quit R=Repair ESC=Don't Repair


5. NOW press the <R> key to repair.

NOTE:    Setup will examine your computer and copy files to the Windows installation folders. This process will take some time. Once it has completed, setup will initialize and then restart the computer.

This time do not press any keys when the message Press any key to boot from the CD appears. Let Windows boot normally.

The amount of time it takes to complete this process will vary depending upon the size of your hard drive and the speed of your system. It can run unattended, so you can step away from the computer at this time.

6. When this portion of the repair is complete, setup will pause at the Regional and Language Options window.

7. Click the Next button and Setup will continue to install files.

8. After several minutes the Welcome to Microsoft Windows window appears.

9. Click the Next button. The Thank You! window appears.

10. Click the Next button.

The repair is complete.

Beverly Rosenbaum, a HAL-PC member, is a 1999 and 2000 Houston Press Club “Excellence in Journalism” award winner. She can be reached at