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SP3 setup changed the boot sector and didn't restore it after setup failure.

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    After an unsuccesful SP3 installation attempt, my XP Pro system keeps booting into Windows XP Pro Setup and aborts/reboots due to missing setup file.

    Looks like SP3 setup has changed something in the boot sector and failed to restore it after aborting setup.

     

    System boots into a setup menu which has 2 options,

    1)Windows XP Pro Setup (default selection...auto selects this after 3 secs.)

    2)Windows XP Pro (normal boot.. system runs normally when I choose this.)

     

    I managed to reinstall SP3 successfuly but it keeps entering in boot menu and running the XP Setup everytime I reboot.

    I need to manually select 2 to prevent it getting into an endless loop of reboots.

     

    There was a temporary setup folder on boot drive named $WIN_NT$.BT. I tried deleting it but it didn't work.

     

    Is there a way to undo the change that SP3 setup done to the boot sector?

     

     

    Monday, August 18, 2008 6:43 AM

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  • The changes you need to make are in the hidden system file:

     

    C:\boot.ini

     

    which you can edit with Notepad.  You might need to turn on the viewing of hidden files first, in control panel "Folder Options", tab "View"

    Monday, August 18, 2008 3:07 PM