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Need floppy to boot in XP PRO on HD

I have XP PRO SP3 installed on my HD. It will NOT boot due to a bad boot record. I can boot into the installed OS if I use a XP PRO SP 2 CD, but can't repair the boot record.. I have tried FIXBOOT and FIXMBR and they run without problems but then when I try to reboot from the HD, it gives me a boot failure and tells me to insert a systems disk. If I do that I can either boot to the HD or go into setup to either use Recovery Consol or to reinstall.

I do NOT want to loose my installed applications. What can I do besides leaving the CD in the CDROM and booting through it everytime?

I thought about making a floppy copy of the boot record section of the CD and just booting through it every time because I don't use the floppy for anything else but I can't find any instructions ot make anything except a MS-ODS boot disk which I don't know how to go on into XP from a bootable DOS disk.

Any help you can give besides reinstalling XP, UNLESS YOU CAN TELL ME HOW TO REINTALL XP ON THE HD WITHOUT LOOSING MY INSTALLED APPS, will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Don Jones

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Hi, if you can boot using xp cd then instead of going into recovery console you can elect to install xp. The cd will search for existing installations and offer to repair for you. If you are able to get this option it will not delete your programs or personal stuff. You will need your xp code and you may need to reactivate windows when finished. If it doesn't offer repair then f3 to exit so you don't overwrite your personal stuff.

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