I'm am desperate for help, please! I've used nLite to create XP Pro/SP3+updates install CDs for performing XP Repair Installs in the past, but as of this last week I've always utterly failed (at least 20 times now) to create one that actually allows a Repair Install! AARGH!!
And yes, I've read the nLite faq entry that reads:
I dont have repair [R] option at install, why, and how can I get it back?
In the Unattended - General page, the Unattended Mode, set to 'Prompt repair'.
and I've always made certain that I do exactly that. But that never works now, and it's driving me CRAZY!
The main point of my OP is this: I never see any 'R' option or prompt for performing a Repair Install!
I've attached a copy of one of the 20+ sets of LAST SESSION.INI for you to examine, but note that I've tried so many different settings trying to get the Repair Install function to work that I chose the file to attach pretty much arbitrarily.
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Here's some info that might help clarify things:
(1): I need to perform a Repair Install because that particular XP Pro/SP3+ installation won't boot because of a corrupted registry hive (SYSTEM, I think).
(2): I want to perform a Repair Install because my cloned backup is a bit too old.
(3): I read several places that other approaches to repairing or replacing that registry hive are so difficult and error-prone that the only acceptable solution is to perform a Repair Install.
(4): I'm using nLite version 18.104.22.168, and usually I run it under 32-bit XP Pro. However, I've recently started running nLite under 64-bit Windows 7 Pro/SP1U with the XP SP3 Compatibility mode enabled. Running under Win 7 doesn't seem to have broken or changed anything.
(5): I'm using OnePiece_Windows_XP_Post-SP3_UpdatePack_v1.0.2_FINAL_ENU... for updates and hotfixes.
Are there some little-documented tricks I need to know about in order to produce a XP CD capable of performing a Repair Install, beyond what the nLite FAQ says about the 'Prompt repair' option in the Unattended section of nLite? Or is there some key or something like that I need to press to produce the Repair prompt?
Please help me!
This is what happens when I try to perform a Repair Install with an nLite-created install CD:
- Boot from nLite-created XP CD (based on SP3 OEM CD + all XP updates through EOL).
- No need to press F6, since the necessary SATA RAID drivers were inserted via nLite.
- On the "Welcome to Setup" page, I press Enter to start the installation (I do not press "R" for recovery console).
- I press F8 to accept the EULA.
- At the next page, Setup displays a list of several partitions on the one and only attached disk system, a RAID 0 array (I've detached all other disk subsystems). The desired XP (boot) partition is the very first partition, which is a primary partition starting at sector 0. (as an aside, one of the other primary partitions is a cloned backup copy of a Windows 7 system). At the bottom of the screen, the legend reads: "ENTER=Install D=Delete Partition F3=QUIT". No "R" or Repair Install option/prompt shows up.
- I select that XP boot partition, then press ENTER to install.
- Curiously, only with the last few nLite build/Repair Install attempts, something I've never seen before occurs. The next page shows a warning that reads: "You chose to install XP on a partition that contains another operating system... Installing multiple operating systems on a single partition is not recommended..." But I am not trying to install multiple OSs on a single partition -- I'm trying to perform a Repair Install!
NOTE that this strange event isn't really related to the topic of this OP (but it will obviously have to be resolved). I can only guess that something I've done during previous Repair Install attempts has messed something up, something that produced this new behavior. I've tried everything I can think of to clear this matter up, from using Acronis DD 11u2 to 'Hide' the other partitions to deleting BOOT.INI and running BOOTCFG /REBUILD from the recovery console, but nothing seems to help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.)
- Even if I ignore the warning about installing multiple OSs on the same partition and try to proceed anyway, I'm never presented with the Repair Install option!
I'm totally stumped and I desperately need your help, friends!
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