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No Option to "Repair Windows" on HP Pavillion a730n

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Sup!? lol- JK

I have a Pavillion here that I'm trying to do a System repair on with an XP Pro Install Disk but the HP has XP home on it. Is this even possible to do the reapir if it's removing the old and replacing with new Sys files anyhow?

Reason being is that it's a family members PC and the OS is all jacked up and is running Really slow because of it as well as throwing errors. I have the HP restore disks (all 8 of them) and I could do an HP factory restore that wouls save all fo the personal data on the HDD but they would have to reinstall all of the optional programs that they have on it already...


The Xp install menu doesn't give me the option to do a System Repair. And whe the XP install menu serches for "installed versions of windows" it shows the C: drive but it reads "HP_Pavillion".

Is there a way around this so that I can do a System reapir without using the HP Factory Restore?

I guess if I can't, I will just have to present the option of the HP restore to this person.

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You need the XP Home CD. I believe that is the reason you are unable to perform a repair.
Also, you will need the XP Product Key. The key on the computer and the key on the case may be different. I suggest you extract the key on the computer first (produkey).

Shouldn't be hard to find an OEM Home CD via bittorrent.
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post #3 of 4
You'd need a home disk to repair home.

You could always do a side by side install to save data, but that doesn't exactly circumvent the need to reinstall their apps. Personally I would nuke the entire thing (saving user data of course), and start fresh with a Windows install straight from the disk rather than that bundled OEM garbage.
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SO it's fosr sure Not possible to do a System reapir of Home with Pro, basically turing it into Pro?

What about upgrading Home using the pro install disk?
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