Thursday, April 21, 2011

Windows XP - Repair Install

Running a Windows XP repair install will reinstall windows over the top of your existing one keeping all your personal files and programs intact.

Step 1:

Boot your computer from the Windows XP CD.

Step 2:

After the setup loads the files you will have 3 options:

  • 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.

Press ENTER.

Step 3:

Press F8 to accept the "Windows XP Licensing Agreement".

Step 4:

Press R on the Windows installation you want to repair.

Setup will then copy files to your computer and reboot.

Step 5:

Let the computer boot. You will come to a screen that says "An exciting new look" where the setup will continue just like a new installation.


You will not lose your personal files or programs when performing a repair install, only system files needed for Windows are replaced.

Some programs may need to be reinstalled after the repair has finished.

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