complete crash!!!



tortuga_2112
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?

petecee
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
You cannot backup from teh recovery console.
If you start up using recovery console then type help at the command prompt
it lists the commands you can use.
I wouldn't like to advise you which to use without knowing more about the
cause of failure.
Feel free to post back for more help.

petecee

"tortuga_2112" wrote:

> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?

Anando [MS-MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
Hi,

Maybe you want to perform a repair install of Windows XP. A very good guide for such an operation
can be found here:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
[Courtesy: MVP Michael Stevens]

--

Anando
Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
http://www.mvps.org

In memory of Alex Nichol
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/nichol.mspx

Folder customizations
http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku

Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/protect


"tortuga_2112" <tortuga_2112@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B2AF593D-28DA-4806-86BF-0ED4A8409C4D@microsoft.com...
> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?

tortuga_2112
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
I'm really unsure about the nature of the crash. I know that the system
would turn on with out anyone touching it.

"tortuga_2112" wrote:

> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?

petecee
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
Try following the link from Anando above which is a good step by step guide
with info about what you are doing and you should be ok.

petecee

"tortuga_2112" wrote:

> I'm really unsure about the nature of the crash. I know that the system
> would turn on with out anyone touching it.
>
> "tortuga_2112" wrote:
>
> > The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> > beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> > either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> > harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
That is not a whole lot of information to go on. Do you have a full copy of
XP? If so, Anando's advice to Repair Install is the way to go.
If you do nothave a full copy of XP, you may have a nondestructive
restoration method available to you as outlined in your computer
manufacturer's manual.

tortuga_2112 wrote:
> I'm really unsure about the nature of the crash. I know that the
> system would turn on with out anyone touching it.
>
> "tortuga_2112" wrote:
>
>> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup
>> at the beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the
>> recovery console to either backup my harddrive or somehow get
>> windows XP reinstalled on the harddrive so that I can access the
>> contents of my C: drive?

Alpha
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
> I know that the
>> system would turn on with out anyone touching it.

Really? Poltergeists?

tortuga_2112
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
I can't seem to get to the repair screen. When the system starts up i see a
quick message that something has detected that the harddrive is at emminent
failure. Trying to boot from cd doesn't work with Office XP or the red
compaq operating system disk cd that came with my computer.
I can get the screen that tries to restart windows normally or in safe mode.
When i just let it go to "Start Windows Normally" I get this error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or
corrupt:\windows\system32\config\system

Should I just go and buy a new full version of windows and install?
The disk that came with the computer says that it is windows XP for home but
it doesn't seem to be the full version. Maybe XP Pro or some other one would
help this situation.

I also get a message about installing multiple OS of the computer. I guess
because XP is already there and I am trying to re-install an OS on top of it.

HELP!

"Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Maybe you want to perform a repair install of Windows XP. A very good guide for such an operation
> can be found here:
>
> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
> [Courtesy: MVP Michael Stevens]
>
> --
>
> Anando
> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
> http://www.mvps.org
>
> In memory of Alex Nichol
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/nichol.mspx
>
> Folder customizations
> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>
> Protect your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>
>
> "tortuga_2112" <tortuga_2112@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:B2AF593D-28DA-4806-86BF-0ED4A8409C4D@microsoft.com...
> > The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> > beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> > either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> > harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?
>
>
>

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
You do not need a new copy of XP at this time (it will not solve your
current problem), but you may need a new hard drive, if you read the message
about imminent failure correctly. If you need to rescue your files from this
drive, you want to remove the drive and take it to a shop or to a friend
with a computer who can slave your hard drive to their machine and use their
operating system to rescue your files.
Your disk is a full version of XP, but it is modified by your computer
manufacturer in certain ways. This is why it cannot do a Repair Install,
although it should be able to do a nondestructive restoration if your drive
is healthy. Your computer manual ought to have this information.
I think your money is best spent having your hard drive tested, and, if
necessary, your files rescued, your hard drive replaced and your XP
restored, by a competent shop.

tortuga_2112 wrote:
> I can't seem to get to the repair screen. When the system starts up
> i see a quick message that something has detected that the harddrive
> is at emminent failure. Trying to boot from cd doesn't work with
> Office XP or the red compaq operating system disk cd that came with
> my computer.
> I can get the screen that tries to restart windows normally or in
> safe mode. When i just let it go to "Start Windows Normally" I get
> this error message:
>
> Windows could not start because the following file is missing or
> corrupt:\windows\system32\config\system
>
> Should I just go and buy a new full version of windows and install?
> The disk that came with the computer says that it is windows XP for
> home but it doesn't seem to be the full version. Maybe XP Pro or
> some other one would help this situation.
>
> I also get a message about installing multiple OS of the computer. I
> guess because XP is already there and I am trying to re-install an OS
> on top of it.
>
> HELP!
>
> "Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Maybe you want to perform a repair install of Windows XP. A very
>> good guide for such an operation can be found here:
>>
>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
>> [Courtesy: MVP Michael Stevens]
>>
>> --
>>
>> Anando
>> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
>> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
>> http://www.mvps.org
>>
>> In memory of Alex Nichol
>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/nichol.mspx
>>
>> Folder customizations
>> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>>
>> Protect your PC!
>> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>>
>>
>> "tortuga_2112" <tortuga_2112@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> message news:B2AF593D-28DA-4806-86BF-0ED4A8409C4D@microsoft.com...
>>> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and
>>> setup at the beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in
>>> the recovery console to either backup my harddrive or somehow get
>>> windows XP reinstalled on the harddrive so that I can access the
>>> contents of my C: drive?

tortuga_2112
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
That site did not help. It doesn't seem that the software wants to cooperate
or I am repeating my same mistake.

"tortuga_2112" wrote:

> I can't seem to get to the repair screen. When the system starts up i see a
> quick message that something has detected that the harddrive is at emminent
> failure. Trying to boot from cd doesn't work with Office XP or the red
> compaq operating system disk cd that came with my computer.
> I can get the screen that tries to restart windows normally or in safe mode.
> When i just let it go to "Start Windows Normally" I get this error message:
>
> Windows could not start because the following file is missing or
> corrupt:\windows\system32\config\system
>
> Should I just go and buy a new full version of windows and install?
> The disk that came with the computer says that it is windows XP for home but
> it doesn't seem to be the full version. Maybe XP Pro or some other one would
> help this situation.
>
> I also get a message about installing multiple OS of the computer. I guess
> because XP is already there and I am trying to re-install an OS on top of it.
>
> HELP!
>
> "Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > Maybe you want to perform a repair install of Windows XP. A very good guide for such an operation
> > can be found here:
> >
> > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
> > [Courtesy: MVP Michael Stevens]
> >
> > --
> >
> > Anando
> > Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
> > http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
> > http://www.mvps.org
> >
> > In memory of Alex Nichol
> > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/nichol.mspx
> >
> > Folder customizations
> > http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
> >
> > Protect your PC!
> > http://www.microsoft.com/protect
> >
> >
> > "tortuga_2112" <tortuga_2112@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:B2AF593D-28DA-4806-86BF-0ED4A8409C4D@microsoft.com...
> > > The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and setup at the
> > > beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in the recovery console to
> > > either backup my harddrive or somehow get windows XP reinstalled on the
> > > harddrive so that I can access the contents of my C: drive?
> >
> >
> >

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:39 PM
You are right. The site cannot help because your version of XP is altered by
the manufacturer of your comuter. Anando was not aware of the type of disk
you had when he gave his advice. Look at my post in this thread and see what
I advise regarding having a professional look at your computer.

tortuga_2112 wrote:
> That site did not help. It doesn't seem that the software wants to
> cooperate or I am repeating my same mistake.
>
> "tortuga_2112" wrote:
>
>> I can't seem to get to the repair screen. When the system starts up
>> i see a quick message that something has detected that the harddrive
>> is at emminent failure. Trying to boot from cd doesn't work with
>> Office XP or the red compaq operating system disk cd that came with
>> my computer.
>> I can get the screen that tries to restart windows normally or in
>> safe mode. When i just let it go to "Start Windows Normally" I get
>> this error message:
>>
>> Windows could not start because the following file is missing or
>> corrupt:\windows\system32\config\system
>>
>> Should I just go and buy a new full version of windows and install?
>> The disk that came with the computer says that it is windows XP for
>> home but it doesn't seem to be the full version. Maybe XP Pro or
>> some other one would help this situation.
>>
>> I also get a message about installing multiple OS of the computer.
>> I guess because XP is already there and I am trying to re-install an
>> OS on top of it.
>>
>> HELP!
>>
>> "Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> Maybe you want to perform a repair install of Windows XP. A very
>>> good guide for such an operation can be found here:
>>>
>>> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
>>> [Courtesy: MVP Michael Stevens]
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Anando
>>> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
>>> http://www.mvps.org
>>>
>>> In memory of Alex Nichol
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/meetexperts/nichol.mspx
>>>
>>> Folder customizations
>>> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>>>
>>> Protect your PC!
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>>>
>>>
>>> "tortuga_2112" <tortuga_2112@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>>> message news:B2AF593D-28DA-4806-86BF-0ED4A8409C4D@microsoft.com...
>>>> The only screens that i can get into are the Compaq screen and
>>>> setup at the beginning and the recovery console. What can I do in
>>>> the recovery console to either backup my harddrive or somehow get
>>>> windows XP reinstalled on the harddrive so that I can access the
>>>> contents of my C: drive?


complete crash!!!