How do I reinstall Windows XP without logging in or using the CD?

by on April 27, 2011

Q: How do I reinstall Windows XP without logging in or using the CD? I can’t run windows because it’s crashing and I don’t have the CD.


2 Responses to “How do I reinstall Windows XP without logging in or using the CD?”
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    During start up you can try to press F8 at the Bios screen several times.
    This should prompt you for the type of startup.
    Select Safe mode.
    Then once safe mode boots you can restore to a previous point when your PC was working.(You should be prompted right when safe mode starts up)

    If you still cannot boot into safe mode you will need a disc to continue to repair your OS.
    As well if you do not have any restore points set you may need the disc as well.

    Let me know if this helps you out.

     
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    If this computer was purchased from a major manufacturer like Dell or HP there might be a hidden restore partition that can be used to restore the computer. A restore partition is a separate part of your harddrive that contains a copy of the Windows XP install CD and other supporting files from the PC builder.

    The methods for launching this vary from computer to computer. You’ll need to lookup your manual on-line at the PC manufacturer’s website.

    If this computer was home built or not from a major manufacturer it probably won’t have a restore partition, so you’d need to buy or find a Windows XP disk to perform the reinstall.

    If you are confused or unable to location information on if your computer has this or how to use it, please post the make and model information for your computer and I can attempt to lookup the information.