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Old 19. Aug 2010, 11:02 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The registry hack you did the other day should allow you to install in Safe Mode.
If not try installing AutoStreamer to your PC using Wine.
A third option is to use a friend's computer to create the disk.

In your first post you said that XP opened for a minute or two before it crashed, something else you could try is to download EndItAll2 from HERE and try to install it in Safe Mode.
If it installs reboot normally and as soon as you can open the program and hit the 'kill' option. (Skull and crossbones icon.)
Depending on what is actually corrupted this might enable you to keep the system running so that you can work on it.

Try to create the SP3 disk first as that will give you a number of options, if you are unable to for any reason try EndItAll, either way let us know what happens.
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Old 19. Aug 2010, 02:46 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Have now managed to install Autostreamer while in safe mode by logging on as admin.

Autostreamer appears to have done its magic by combinng my XP SP! installation CD files with my XP SP3 files and has made an ISO file.

This ISO is currently being burnt to a CD.

Is there anything I should be aware of before running the CD?
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Old 19. Aug 2010, 03:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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The first thing that I would try would be to boot into Safe Mode and once the system is running insert the CD.
If the installation window opens just close it but leave the CD in the drive.
If that works go to Start-Run and enter sfc /scannow then click OK. (Make sure you leave the space after c.)

In the event that does not work follow the instructions I gave you for installing/running EndItAll, provided that works to keep the system running insert the CD and follow the instructions above in normal mode.

If both the above fail leave the CD in the drive and boot from it, at the welcome screen select 'R' which will open the Recovery Console, when it finally opens select the OS number for XP and press 'enter', if you have an administrator password type it in and press 'enter' again, if you have no password just press enter anyway.
When you get to the next line type 'chkdsk /r', with the space but without the commas.

You should not need to get as far as the third option but see how you go and let us know.

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Old 19. Aug 2010, 03:51 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Have now managed to boot from CD and am now in the Recovery Console.

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows would you like to log onto

What do I need to type into this exactly?

Thanks in advance.
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Type '1' (no commas) then press enter.
Wait for the next line to appear and follow my last post.

Did SFC fail in both modes?
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Old 19. Aug 2010, 04:44 PM   #26 (permalink)
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chkdsk /r is now doing its job; just impatiently waiting for it to finish!

PS SFC has never worked, well so far anyways!!
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Old 19. Aug 2010, 05:16 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Right. When I have posted this I will be off-line until tomorrow.

After chkdsk has run see if it will boot normally, if it will then run SFC.

If not try to install and run EndItAll even if you have tried it before.
Once again if that works run SFC.

If after all that you have got no further forward make absolutely certain that you have everything backed up, which you should have done anyway.

Copy the SP3 file you downloaded onto the hard drive, go to the location where you copied it to and double click on the file.
As it is an exe file and since you made the registry hack it should run even in Safe Mode.
I have used this method twice before when SFC failed and it worked both times.
It will reinstall SP3 and should sort out any system corruption as well, provided it does not go too deep.
If this works you will need to go to MS Updates to reinstall everything since SP3.
If this idea works it will still be worth running SFC afterwards.
Only try it after you have tried the other suggestions.

After that if it is still not sorted your only option short of a fresh install is a Repair Install which you can now do with the new CD.
That too will mean running MS Update afterwards.

I'll be back tomorrow to see where you have got to.
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Old 20. Aug 2010, 01:39 PM   #28 (permalink)
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After exiting chkdsk I was able to log on as normal and this time there was no BSOD!

I have downloaded and installed Enditall (a very appropriate name given my IT circumstances!) but had no need to run it.

I also attempted to use SFC however, not long after launching it requested that I place an XP CD in the CD drive. After putting the XP SP3 CD in the drive SFC stated that it was the wrong CD, this also happened with the slipstreamed CD ie XP1 installation files plus XP SP3 files. As a result I had to exit SFC.

I then decided to allow a few start up items in msconfig but after a restart the LT crashed with the same error code. I have since only allowed my firewall and an entry marked: dumprep O -k in startup and thus far my LT is running fine.

At some point in the proceedings (can't remember exactly when) I got a message stating that the XP SP3 installed on my LT was a newer version than the XP SP3 files on the CD I had made.

The XP SP3 on my LT is Build 2600 and the XP SP3 files I downloaded fom MS is file KB936929.

Two questions:

Should I insert my original XP SP1 installation CD when using SFC?

Have I downloaded the wrong files from MS?
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Glad to hear that we are getting there.

To answer one question, you put your SP1 CD somewhere out of site and after we confirm that your new CD is working you can forget about it.

I am going to check on a couple of things and I will post again shortly.

Well done.
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Old 20. Aug 2010, 02:23 PM   #30 (permalink)
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The SP3 file you should have is: WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe, which I suspect is what you do have, there is only the one.
Build 2600 is the same as mine and is the latest.

The CD on which you placed the downloaded file can not be used for working on a computer, I suggest that you put that too to one side.

The only CD you should be using to do anything with is the one you made with AutoStreamer.

I suggest you clearly mark both CD's, one as XP-SP3 (the slipstreamed CD), the other as SP3 installation files.
You can of course mark them as you like but you need to be sure you know which is which and I will refer to them as I have just suggested so that you know what I am talking about.

If you get the CD's mixed up before you mark them you can insert them one at a time once the computer is running and see what opens, if nothing opens you can open My Computer and double click your CD Drive to see what is on the CD.

When we get things a bit more sorted out I will tell you how to install SFC to your hard drive but for now you have to insert the XP-SP3 CD before you try to run it as the files you need are on the CD, not your hard drive.

Start the computer normally and once it has booted insert the XP-SP3 CD. (slipstreamed)
Open EndItAll and click on the 'kill' option that I mentioned before, then wait until it stops running at which point you can close it.
Go to Start-Run, type in sfc /scannow and click OK.
SFC should now run, depending on what needs doing it can take up to about half an hour.

Once you have tried this get back to me and let me know if it is running.

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