I am unable to boot into Windows. It says files are missing. I am attempting to repair it using my original XP disk but I don’t want to lose data. Are there any applications that can help without reinstalling the entire OS? Thanks.
Hello, is it possible for you to try and start your computer in safemode? Depending on what the problem is, safemode could be your solution. If you can start in safemode and the problem is with corrupted files, you can use the system file checker to get rid of corrupted files and replace them with original from CD. To try in safemode do the following:
-- restart computer
-- keep pressing F8 to enter advanced menu
-- highlight safemode with networking and press enter
-- computer will restart in safemode(if possible)
-- click on start
-- click on run
-- type cmd
-- type following command and make sure to have your installation disk handy:
-- let the scan run, if it finds any corrupted system files, it will replaced them.
If there is something wrong with hardware or drivers, you could try updating drivers in safemode. That is why, you try to login to safemode with networking.
If the above doesn't help, or you could not access safemode, there are two ways you could do this. One is by repairing your system and the other is by creating another partition and install a side by side installation.
If you do a system repair, you do not usually loose any data located in your system. Sometimes you have to provide the key. The old data is just stored in a folder in your main drive. The folder is usually named windows.old When repair is finished, just navigate to this folder and you can see your data.
The other option, is to create a side by side installation. Create another partition big enough to accomadate XP. Install XP as you normally would and when installation is finished make sure to set that installation as default. That means that this is the version that will start when you turn on your computer. Once everything is setup, you can pull the data from old installation to new installation. Afterwards, you just delete the installation giving you trouble.
if its simple data recovery you want , i would suggest boot your computer into a Live Linux USB and back up all your data with it .
get Puppy Linux http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm . its fast and small and will easily install over a USB .
plug it in , boot your PC into the USB and you would be logged on to Puppy Linux user interface .
from here its just a matter of a few clicks and you would get your data .!
you can also try - Hirens Boot CD . it has plenty of tools in it for data recovery and many other stuff .
depends which kind of message do you have, error number?
you can try repair windows