repair win xp

John Heinen hensandpat at
Mon Jan 19 00:56:23 UTC 2009

NoOp wrote:
> On 01/06/2009 06:32 PM, hermanaa wrote:
>> On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 08:23:41 +0800, John Heinen <hensandpat at>  
>> wrote:
>>>> XP (XP Professional in my case) is not following standard
>>>>  'boot from CD' behavior:
>>>>  --to start from XP bootable CD, you have to touch a key.
>>>>  --without touching a key, the CD in the CD-drive will be ignored,
>>>>  the system (with XP CD in drive) will try to start the XP OS
>>>>  instead.
>>>> I used that behavior to get XP started when GRUB did not show XP
>>>>  in the menu.
>>>> My incomplete GRUB was the result of a failed Ubuntu installation.
>>>> Herman in PHL.
>>> Thanks Herman, Actually I /have been lucky so far by not succeding in
>>> the restoration of win xp until I first recovered the files out of win
>>> xp. That I have to learn yet/ . Paul Kaplin mentioned to recover the
>>> files by Dolphin, I don't know how to do that either, I am still
>>> learning. I have also found an article by Microsoft how to restore xp[
>>> it's a bit complicated, but first I need to remove those files, tel me
>>> how. Thanks John H.
>> I (for myself) have made quite an issue out of RESCUE (recovering).
>>   (I have seen your XP problem ....)
>> I did a re-install of XP. I lost access to to my Ubuntu of course.
>>   As I did not know GRUB well enough, I did a 6.06LTS-Ubuntu-install
>>   to a spare partition (less than 30 minutes). As part of that install
>>   GRUB picked up all the OS'es. At startup I now have choice of WIN
>>   and 2 Ubuntu systems.
>> ---
>> I have 2 convenient ways to 'steal' files from any OS:
>>   (incl historical WIN, incl NTFS)
>> 1. Puppy-Linux, running from CD+USB-flashdrive (default start-up).
>>   It is a joy to operate Puppy: copy files from any OS (and back,
>>   if so required), to any destination (incl burning a CD).
>>   It has GParted as well (for checking/changing partitions).
>>   It gives Internet access and has a browser (SeaMonkey). You can
>>   do any Internet-work (urgent email: my system is DOWN!) or send
>>   a file to safety somewhere on Internet.
>>   (Puppy is INVALUABLE here, even the kids use it if my
>>    Ubuntu-Linux is 'under repair', like 'no flashplayer'. It is
>>    amazing what a little spare OS can do to peace with myself
>>    and peace in the house.)
>> 2. The PartedMagic CD (Partitioning, bootable CD, good GUI) has
>>   good file-see/copy/save capability. As a partition-program
>>   it has access anywhere.
>>   It also provides Internet-access, browser FireFox.
> And add Knoppix to that list - that's pretty much at the top of my
> system recovery CD's.
> However I suspect that John Heinen will need some direct hand-holding/help.
>   So John if you'll drop me a direct email tomorrow I'll try to help
> work you through the issue directly (or perhaps Herman can as well -
> Herman?). Either way *don't* mess with any of your XP files just yet.
Thanks Herman I thought I should get the puppy cd first,it took awhile,
I am ready for your help. Should I respond to gigxg at John

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