How do I stop Windows XP trying to re-install itself every time I restart?

Pwince Khan October 22, 2012
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I use Windows XP Service Pack 2 and recently I tried to upgrade it to Windows XP Service Pack 3 via CD. When I started to install manually from my computer, it only copied the files from the CD and then asked to restart. I restarted but found out that it wanted to delete my Windows XP installation and format my C: drive.

I cancelled the installation, but now whenever I restart my computer it asks for the XP setup CD. How do I stop it? I can use my PC as normal by cancelling the setup, but it would be really helpful if someone can help me!


  1. Macnoisee Aziz
    November 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I advice that you should just format the drive C. then after that, try using the file recovry software to restore you data.

  2. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I don't know the exact way, but i do reinstall it if i were you.

  3. Nikhil Chandak
    October 24, 2012 at 4:44 am

    ask the company from which u hv buyed ur PC

  4. Ahmed Khalil
    October 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    i think you install windows xp partially and it is now detected by the pc, try to but the cd and select to cancel the installation

  5. josemon maliakal
    October 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    The xp support has already ended ...i prefer windows 7 ..

  6. ha14
    October 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

    if you want to do sfc /scannow you will need windows xp sp3 cd, even if you want to repair you will need that CD XP SP3.

    the Windows File Protection service constantly monitors for any changes to the main system files. Well Windows XP keeps a cache (copy) of these essential files at the following location:

    C:WINDOWS\System32\Dllcache (assuming C: is your system root which it probably is.)
    if the Dllcache folder, or part of it, has become corrupted for some reason then you will be prompted for the XP CD - so your computer can get a clean copy!
    If the %systemroot%\system32\dllcache folder becomes corrupt or unusable, use sfc /scannow, sfc /scanonce, or sfc /scanboot to repair the contents of the Dllcache directory.

  7. Dino Pearsons
    October 23, 2012 at 12:31 am

    The setup is now in your MBR, but you can fix that easily. Here's a guide:

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