madjac
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unable to boot dimension 4100 with xp home

Could someone please help me boot from my cd drive. I can access the bios  menu. I arrow over to boot, highlight the cd rom press f10 and still get the same black screen of death "unable to start because of corrupt or missing \windows\system32\config.....

The only other access I have is a floppy that says xp on it but whem it loads it says windows milenium and

has a   A\   something waiting for a command. The one time it did work I had the xp disc in and when I pressed r I got the same " unable........  What is going on here. I was trying to download sketchup. Is some copmpletely destructive trojan that came from Google????

Message Edited by madjac on 07-29-2008 03:41 PM
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mombodog
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Re: unable to boot dimension 4100 with xp home

Go to boot tab in the bios and set the cdrom as first boot device, hard drive as second, floppy third.

 

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dzuul/syssetup.htm#boot_screen

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madjac
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Re: unable to boot dimension 4100 with xp home

I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I highlight the cdrom but I can't move it up in the list. I got it to work once by clicking f10 after highlighting the cdrom then y when it asked for a yes or no and then enter. But instead of reinstalling the operating system when I had my chance I typed r as directed and now I just keep getting the black screen .  Thanks for your help.
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mombodog
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Re: unable to boot dimension 4100 with xp home

They don't move, highlight the first boot device and hit enter, then use up andf down arrows to select cdrom from the list, then hit enter again to set your selection, do this for 2nd and 3rd. Then save changes.

 

 

"The bottom right area lists keys and their functions for the currently displayed screen. "  taken from the page I linked to.

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madjac
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Re: unable to boot dimension 4100 with xp home

Great! I got to the recovery console but I don't see a command for substituting the system 32 folder on the disk for the one on the hard drive. I quess I have two choices.

1. Install ubuntu

2.Try the repair option of the windows setup. I'm going to read knowledge base 315341 as directed in Windows xp inside out. Do you think this is the best option?   Thanks a million!

Well I read that and it says I have to reinstall service pack 2 again after the reinstall which looks complex.

I think I'm done with windows-ubuntu here I come!

Message Edited by madjac on 07-29-2008 08:35 PM
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