Repair Install

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Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard drive
to one on a new system?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    NOTE, while a repair install should leave your data files intact, if
    something goes wrong during the repair install, you may be forced to start
    over and do a clean install of XP. If you don't have your data backed up,
    you would lose your data should that eventuality occur.

    Assuming your system is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive and you have an
    actual XP CD as opposed to a recovery CD, boot with the XP
    CD in the drive and perform a repair install as outlined below. If the
    system isn't set to boot from the CD or you are not sure, you need to enter
    the system's BIOS. When you boot the system, the first screen usually has
    instructions that if you wish to enter set press a specific key, when you
    see that, do so. Then you will have to navigate to the boot sequence, if
    the CD-ROM drive is not first line, set it first in the boot sequence. Save
    your settings and exit with the XP CD in the drive. The system will reboot.

    When the system boots, a few screens into the process you may see a message
    instructing you
    to hit any key in order to boot from the CD along with a countdown. When
    you see this be sure to
    hit a key on the keyboard, if you miss this instruction and the system fails
    to boot from the CD, it's too
    late, you'll need to reboot and try again.

    Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a reference
    asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
    wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
    setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.

    Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a screen
    with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
    using the Recovery console. ***The selection you want at this screen is
    "Setup Windows,"
    NOT "Repair Windows Installation.

    The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you to
    press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement. Setup
    will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
    version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
    install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
    on, follow the screens.

    Note, in some cases, you won't receive the repair option, only an option to
    reinstall. We have discovered that sometimes this is caused by damaged
    boot.ini file that can be repaired as follows and also note, in the
    instructions, "K" refers to the CD drive in which you have placed the XP CD,
    replace that drive letter with the appropriate letter on your system, "K" is
    simply an example.

    Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option (this is the section I told
    you to skip above. In this case, you will need to get to the Recovery
    Console to perform the function below), and if the CD letter is say K: give
    these commands

    COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:
    COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:
    (two other files needed - just in case)
    ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
    DEL C:\boot.ini
    BootCfg /Rebuild

    Once you've completed this function, reboot and see if you can access XP as
    sometimes, the problem is the damaged boot.ini. If you still cannot access
    XP, then reboot and re-run the repair install instructions at the beginning
    of this message.

    If you only have a recovery CD, your options are quite limited. You can
    either purchase a retail version of XP which will allow you to perform the
    above
    among other tools and options it has or you can run your system recovery
    routine with the Recovery CD which will likely wipe your drive, deleting all
    files but will restore your setup to factory fresh condition.


    --
    Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    Windows Shell/User
    Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

    "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    > Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    > drive to one on a new system?
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Plug n Play might actually work to pick up the new hardware found. However
    if it doesn't you can run a Repair Install and it is generally very
    successful. However you should always ensure you have a backup in case it
    doesn't. Info on doing a Repair Install is found here. Look for How To Run A
    Repair Installation http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm

    --

    Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
    www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


    "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    | Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    drive
    | to one on a new system?
    |
    |
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    My previous post, should have had the following intro:
    If you mean is that the procedure for cloning one hard drive to another, the
    answer is no. Most new hard drives come with software that will clone the
    contents of the old drive to the new one. After that, if you are unable to
    boot, a repair install as follows, assuming the new drive is properly
    connected and jumpered may resolve the issue:

    --
    Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    Windows Shell/User
    Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

    "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in
    message news:evgsxN7iEHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > NOTE, while a repair install should leave your data files intact, if
    > something goes wrong during the repair install, you may be forced to start
    > over and do a clean install of XP. If you don't have your data backed up,
    > you would lose your data should that eventuality occur.
    >
    > Assuming your system is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive and you have an
    > actual XP CD as opposed to a recovery CD, boot with the XP
    > CD in the drive and perform a repair install as outlined below. If the
    > system isn't set to boot from the CD or you are not sure, you need to
    > enter
    > the system's BIOS. When you boot the system, the first screen usually has
    > instructions that if you wish to enter set press a specific key, when you
    > see that, do so. Then you will have to navigate to the boot sequence, if
    > the CD-ROM drive is not first line, set it first in the boot sequence.
    > Save
    > your settings and exit with the XP CD in the drive. The system will
    > reboot.
    >
    > When the system boots, a few screens into the process you may see a
    > message instructing you
    > to hit any key in order to boot from the CD along with a countdown. When
    > you see this be sure to
    > hit a key on the keyboard, if you miss this instruction and the system
    > fails to boot from the CD, it's too
    > late, you'll need to reboot and try again.
    >
    > Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a reference
    > asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
    > wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
    > setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.
    >
    > Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a screen
    > with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
    > using the Recovery console. ***The selection you want at this screen is
    > "Setup Windows,"
    > NOT "Repair Windows Installation.
    >
    > The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you to
    > press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement.
    > Setup
    > will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
    > version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
    > install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
    > on, follow the screens.
    >
    > Note, in some cases, you won't receive the repair option, only an option
    > to reinstall. We have discovered that sometimes this is caused by damaged
    > boot.ini file that can be repaired as follows and also note, in the
    > instructions, "K" refers to the CD drive in which you have placed the XP
    > CD, replace that drive letter with the appropriate letter on your system,
    > "K" is simply an example.
    >
    > Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option (this is the section I
    > told you to skip above. In this case, you will need to get to the
    > Recovery Console to perform the function below), and if the CD letter is
    > say K: give these commands
    >
    > COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:
    > COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:
    > (two other files needed - just in case)
    > ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
    > DEL C:\boot.ini
    > BootCfg /Rebuild
    >
    > Once you've completed this function, reboot and see if you can access XP
    > as sometimes, the problem is the damaged boot.ini. If you still cannot
    > access XP, then reboot and re-run the repair install instructions at the
    > beginning of this message.
    >
    > If you only have a recovery CD, your options are quite limited. You can
    > either purchase a retail version of XP which will allow you to perform the
    > above
    > among other tools and options it has or you can run your system recovery
    > routine with the Recovery CD which will likely wipe your drive, deleting
    > all
    > files but will restore your setup to factory fresh condition.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    > Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    > DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >
    > "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    > news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    >> Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    >> drive to one on a new system?
    >>
    >
    >
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    "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in
    message news:uyMTGm7iEHA.1656@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > My previous post, should have had the following intro:
    > If you mean is that the procedure for cloning one hard drive to another,
    > the answer is no. Most new hard drives come with software that will clone
    > the contents of the old drive to the new one. After that, if you are
    > unable to boot, a repair install as follows, assuming the new drive is
    > properly connected and jumpered may resolve the issue:
    >
    > --
    > Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    > Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    > DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >
    > "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in
    > message news:evgsxN7iEHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> NOTE, while a repair install should leave your data files intact, if
    >> something goes wrong during the repair install, you may be forced to
    >> start
    >> over and do a clean install of XP. If you don't have your data backed
    >> up,
    >> you would lose your data should that eventuality occur.
    >>
    >> Assuming your system is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive and you have an
    >> actual XP CD as opposed to a recovery CD, boot with the XP
    >> CD in the drive and perform a repair install as outlined below. If the
    >> system isn't set to boot from the CD or you are not sure, you need to
    >> enter
    >> the system's BIOS. When you boot the system, the first screen usually
    >> has
    >> instructions that if you wish to enter set press a specific key, when you
    >> see that, do so. Then you will have to navigate to the boot sequence, if
    >> the CD-ROM drive is not first line, set it first in the boot sequence.
    >> Save
    >> your settings and exit with the XP CD in the drive. The system will
    >> reboot.
    >>
    >> When the system boots, a few screens into the process you may see a
    >> message instructing you
    >> to hit any key in order to boot from the CD along with a countdown. When
    >> you see this be sure to
    >> hit a key on the keyboard, if you miss this instruction and the system
    >> fails to boot from the CD, it's too
    >> late, you'll need to reboot and try again.
    >>
    >> Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a
    >> reference
    >> asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
    >> wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
    >> setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.
    >>
    >> Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a
    >> screen
    >> with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
    >> using the Recovery console. ***The selection you want at this screen is
    >> "Setup Windows,"
    >> NOT "Repair Windows Installation.
    >>
    >> The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you
    >> to
    >> press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement.
    >> Setup
    >> will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
    >> version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
    >> install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
    >> on, follow the screens.
    >>
    >> Note, in some cases, you won't receive the repair option, only an option
    >> to reinstall. We have discovered that sometimes this is caused by
    >> damaged boot.ini file that can be repaired as follows and also note, in
    >> the instructions, "K" refers to the CD drive in which you have placed the
    >> XP CD, replace that drive letter with the appropriate letter on your
    >> system, "K" is simply an example.
    >>
    >> Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option (this is the section I
    >> told you to skip above. In this case, you will need to get to the
    >> Recovery Console to perform the function below), and if the CD letter is
    >> say K: give these commands
    >>
    >> COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:
    >> COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:
    >> (two other files needed - just in case)
    >> ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
    >> DEL C:\boot.ini
    >> BootCfg /Rebuild
    >>
    >> Once you've completed this function, reboot and see if you can access XP
    >> as sometimes, the problem is the damaged boot.ini. If you still cannot
    >> access XP, then reboot and re-run the repair install instructions at the
    >> beginning of this message.
    >>
    >> If you only have a recovery CD, your options are quite limited. You can
    >> either purchase a retail version of XP which will allow you to perform
    >> the above
    >> among other tools and options it has or you can run your system recovery
    >> routine with the Recovery CD which will likely wipe your drive, deleting
    >> all
    >> files but will restore your setup to factory fresh condition.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    >> Windows Shell/User
    >> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    >> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>
    >> "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    >> news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    >>> Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    >>> drive to one on a new system?
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    Thanks for the info on the previous post. What I was going to do first was
    to clone the exisiting drive using Norton Ghost. The new drive with the
    cloned data would go on the new system then the repair install would begin.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Oh, it's a new system. Well, that presents some additional issues. If you
    have an OEM version of XP supplied by the previous system's manufacturer,
    that version of XP was likely tied to that system's hardware and is bios
    locked. In other words, it can't be used on another computer. Cloning
    would just result in an unbootable setup and a repair install would not
    resolve it.

    Second, because it is from a different computer, I'm assuming that's what
    you meant by new system, the cloned setup would contain settings and drivers
    specific to the old computer, again, this could result in an unbootable
    situation. A repair install might resolve some of it but you might still
    end up with a lot of issues as you can't be sure you would have all the
    hardware and driver issue sorted out. You could end up with a lot of
    errors, crashes, hangs and other issues. I would never advise cloning a
    system drive from an old computer to a new one.

    --
    Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    Windows Shell/User
    Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

    "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    news:VqidnTLcBpjW-bPcRVn-sw@comcast.com...
    >
    > "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in
    > message news:uyMTGm7iEHA.1656@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> My previous post, should have had the following intro:
    >> If you mean is that the procedure for cloning one hard drive to another,
    >> the answer is no. Most new hard drives come with software that will
    >> clone the contents of the old drive to the new one. After that, if you
    >> are unable to boot, a repair install as follows, assuming the new drive
    >> is properly connected and jumpered may resolve the issue:
    >>
    >> --
    >> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    >> Windows Shell/User
    >> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    >> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>
    >> "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in
    >> message news:evgsxN7iEHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>> NOTE, while a repair install should leave your data files intact, if
    >>> something goes wrong during the repair install, you may be forced to
    >>> start
    >>> over and do a clean install of XP. If you don't have your data backed
    >>> up,
    >>> you would lose your data should that eventuality occur.
    >>>
    >>> Assuming your system is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive and you have
    >>> an
    >>> actual XP CD as opposed to a recovery CD, boot with the XP
    >>> CD in the drive and perform a repair install as outlined below. If the
    >>> system isn't set to boot from the CD or you are not sure, you need to
    >>> enter
    >>> the system's BIOS. When you boot the system, the first screen usually
    >>> has
    >>> instructions that if you wish to enter set press a specific key, when
    >>> you
    >>> see that, do so. Then you will have to navigate to the boot sequence,
    >>> if
    >>> the CD-ROM drive is not first line, set it first in the boot sequence.
    >>> Save
    >>> your settings and exit with the XP CD in the drive. The system will
    >>> reboot.
    >>>
    >>> When the system boots, a few screens into the process you may see a
    >>> message instructing you
    >>> to hit any key in order to boot from the CD along with a countdown.
    >>> When you see this be sure to
    >>> hit a key on the keyboard, if you miss this instruction and the system
    >>> fails to boot from the CD, it's too
    >>> late, you'll need to reboot and try again.
    >>>
    >>> Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a
    >>> reference
    >>> asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if
    >>> you
    >>> wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
    >>> setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.
    >>>
    >>> Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a
    >>> screen
    >>> with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
    >>> using the Recovery console. ***The selection you want at this screen
    >>> is "Setup Windows,"
    >>> NOT "Repair Windows Installation.
    >>>
    >>> The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you
    >>> to
    >>> press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement.
    >>> Setup
    >>> will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
    >>> version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
    >>> install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From
    >>> there
    >>> on, follow the screens.
    >>>
    >>> Note, in some cases, you won't receive the repair option, only an option
    >>> to reinstall. We have discovered that sometimes this is caused by
    >>> damaged boot.ini file that can be repaired as follows and also note, in
    >>> the instructions, "K" refers to the CD drive in which you have placed
    >>> the XP CD, replace that drive letter with the appropriate letter on your
    >>> system, "K" is simply an example.
    >>>
    >>> Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option (this is the section I
    >>> told you to skip above. In this case, you will need to get to the
    >>> Recovery Console to perform the function below), and if the CD letter is
    >>> say K: give these commands
    >>>
    >>> COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:
    >>> COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:
    >>> (two other files needed - just in case)
    >>> ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
    >>> DEL C:\boot.ini
    >>> BootCfg /Rebuild
    >>>
    >>> Once you've completed this function, reboot and see if you can access XP
    >>> as sometimes, the problem is the damaged boot.ini. If you still cannot
    >>> access XP, then reboot and re-run the repair install instructions at the
    >>> beginning of this message.
    >>>
    >>> If you only have a recovery CD, your options are quite limited. You can
    >>> either purchase a retail version of XP which will allow you to perform
    >>> the above
    >>> among other tools and options it has or you can run your system recovery
    >>> routine with the Recovery CD which will likely wipe your drive, deleting
    >>> all
    >>> files but will restore your setup to factory fresh condition.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    >>> Windows Shell/User
    >>> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    >>> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>>
    >>> "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    >>>> Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    >>>> drive to one on a new system?
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    > Thanks for the info on the previous post. What I was going to do first
    > was to clone the exisiting drive using Norton Ghost. The new drive with
    > the cloned data would go on the new system then the repair install would
    > begin.
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    I followed instructions and hit enter to setup windows, accepted the user
    agreement, however "setup cannot find a previous version of windows on your
    computer". Windows XP is installed on the computer. I don't want to do a
    fresh install as I don't want to lose what is on the hard drive. Are there
    any other options??

    "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/Us" wrote:

    > NOTE, while a repair install should leave your data files intact, if
    > something goes wrong during the repair install, you may be forced to start
    > over and do a clean install of XP. If you don't have your data backed up,
    > you would lose your data should that eventuality occur.
    >
    > Assuming your system is set to boot from the CD-ROM drive and you have an
    > actual XP CD as opposed to a recovery CD, boot with the XP
    > CD in the drive and perform a repair install as outlined below. If the
    > system isn't set to boot from the CD or you are not sure, you need to enter
    > the system's BIOS. When you boot the system, the first screen usually has
    > instructions that if you wish to enter set press a specific key, when you
    > see that, do so. Then you will have to navigate to the boot sequence, if
    > the CD-ROM drive is not first line, set it first in the boot sequence. Save
    > your settings and exit with the XP CD in the drive. The system will reboot.
    >
    > When the system boots, a few screens into the process you may see a message
    > instructing you
    > to hit any key in order to boot from the CD along with a countdown. When
    > you see this be sure to
    > hit a key on the keyboard, if you miss this instruction and the system fails
    > to boot from the CD, it's too
    > late, you'll need to reboot and try again.
    >
    > Once you have pressed a key, setup should begin. You will see a reference
    > asking if you need to load special drivers and another notice that if you
    > wish to begin the ASR (Automatic Recovery Console) depress F2. Just let
    > setup run past all of that. It will continue to load files and drivers.
    >
    > Then it will bring you to a screen. Eventually, you will come to a screen
    > with the option to (1) setup Windows or (2) Repair Windows Installation
    > using the Recovery console. ***The selection you want at this screen is
    > "Setup Windows,"
    > NOT "Repair Windows Installation.
    >
    > The first option, to setup Windows is the one you want and requires you to
    > press enter. When asked, press F8 to accept the end user agreement. Setup
    > will then search for previous versions of Windows. Upon finding your
    > version, it will ask if you wish to Repair your current installation or
    > install fresh. Press R, that will run a repair installation. From there
    > on, follow the screens.
    >
    > Note, in some cases, you won't receive the repair option, only an option to
    > reinstall. We have discovered that sometimes this is caused by damaged
    > boot.ini file that can be repaired as follows and also note, in the
    > instructions, "K" refers to the CD drive in which you have placed the XP CD,
    > replace that drive letter with the appropriate letter on your system, "K" is
    > simply an example.
    >
    > Reboot, this time taking the immediate R option (this is the section I told
    > you to skip above. In this case, you will need to get to the Recovery
    > Console to perform the function below), and if the CD letter is say K: give
    > these commands
    >
    > COPY K:\i386\ntldr C:
    > COPY K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:
    > (two other files needed - just in case)
    > ATTRIB -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
    > DEL C:\boot.ini
    > BootCfg /Rebuild
    >
    > Once you've completed this function, reboot and see if you can access XP as
    > sometimes, the problem is the damaged boot.ini. If you still cannot access
    > XP, then reboot and re-run the repair install instructions at the beginning
    > of this message.
    >
    > If you only have a recovery CD, your options are quite limited. You can
    > either purchase a retail version of XP which will allow you to perform the
    > above
    > among other tools and options it has or you can run your system recovery
    > routine with the Recovery CD which will likely wipe your drive, deleting all
    > files but will restore your setup to factory fresh condition.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    > Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
    > DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >
    > "BudMan" <notme@none.net> wrote in message
    > news:V7SdnRVy-aCAz7PcRVn-gQ@comcast.com...
    > > Do you use "repair install" when you clone the contents of an old hard
    > > drive to one on a new system?
    > >
    >
    >
    >
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