I have a drive that I cannot boot, but it has an installation of Windows XP on it. I need to know what type of XP it has, and MS's solution (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310104) presupposes I can load the OS. Is there a folder or file I can look at that might give me a clue as to the flavor of XP (Home, Pro, MCE, etc) I need to use for a recovery installation? Thanks.
If you are able to boot to the command prompt you can type in:
and it should show you what version of XP you have installed. Similar to something like this:
; ;Note to user: DO NOT ALTER OR DELETE THIS FILE. ; [SMS Inventory Identification] Version=1.0 [Product Specification] Product=Windows XP Professional Version=5.0 Localization=English ServicePackNumber=0 BitVersion=40 [Version] DriverVer=07/01/2001,5.1.2600.0
If you have MSTSC.EXE (Remote Desktop Connection) anywhere, then it's Windows XP Professional. If you have ehshell.exe (the Media Center Shell) anywhere, it's Windows XP MCE. Otherwise, it's XP Home.
I don't think you need the (exact) same version of recovery/repair CD if your only goal is to fix the boot files. The files are the same any flavour of Windows XP
In case you want to fix your boot files have a look at this TechRepublic article: 10 things you can do when Windows XP won't boot
After some tinkering, I found that when I booted to a WinXP (MCE) CD, when I got to the prompt to install the OS / format the drive, it told me the version of XP that was previously installed on the HDD. Thanks for the help all.
Start -> Control Panel -> System
Under the General tab.
The computer I'm on now says:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3