Came home from work the other day to find out that since I had accidentally left the windows xp student edition sp3 cd still in the drive, when my room mate booted it looks like he's decided to start reinstalling windows ontop of itself..... Anyway obviosuly I don't want to do that so I got home and I think he had already started the process...
anyway so now when I boot, even WITHOUT the xp cd.... it boots shows the xp loading screen, then jumps into Setup is being restarted.........
then takes me to the installer, showing that its up to here:
Collecting information (checked)
Dynamic update (checked)
Preparing installation (checked)
Installing windows (not checked. but current)
Finalizing installation (not checked)
and pops up a dialogue saying "Insert disk - insert the windows xp pro service pack 3 cd" and click OK.
So here's my crisis! How do I cancel this new installation that appears to have been started and rollback to what I already had ?!?!?
PLEASE HELP!!! desperate as I am leaving the country in a few days and need my laptop working!
I just tried this fix, but still have the same problem:
Another thing to try is running FIXBOOT. This will reset the boot sequence back to default with Windows XP.
To do this:
Boot from CD.
Press "R" for repair install when promted. They will give you the option to hit "enter" for a fresh installation, "R" for repair, and I believe ESC to exit out of the setup program completely.
After hitting "R"
Choose the correst OS to repair. Usually the number "1". It will ask you to confirm that you want to go to that drive letter that is listed or 1 (c:\Windows) After this it will ask for the Admin password.
When you get to the c:\ prompt, enter FIXBOOT