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Old 12-20-2016, 05:08 AM   #1
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I'm trying to repair a PC
It's a Pentium 4 and I believe that it has a Windows XP
the PC is trying to boot, i can see the Boot Progress Bar(Those 'lil white rectangles)

and then i get
“Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

"repair the file with a windows setup CD-ROM....and repair"

I booted with a Windows XP installation CD and
I wanted to run a repair installation of Windows XP but made the mistake and typed "R" so I went to the recovery console
But I didn't have any option to choose which Windows installation I want to log ontoDo you think a repair installation will be an easier method to fix it, or I have to go to the recovery console and follow this guide ?

Also I'm not sure what Windows XP and what Service Pack are installed
Should I get a Windows XP Pro SP3 cd?
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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Not every XP CD has the Repair option built in like all versions of Vista on up do.
But certainly try that first How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
If that doesn't work, then you can follow this long winded video on how to repair through the Recovery Console.

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