Windows XP Home Edition files missing. Wont let me log in

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I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
appreciated, thx.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Yega wrote:

    > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
    > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
    > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
    > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
    > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
    > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
    > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
    > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
    > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
    > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
    > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
    > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
    > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
    > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
    > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
    > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
    > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
    > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
    > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
    > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
    > appreciated, thx.

    In safe mode try a system restore to before you started the cleanup. If
    that doesn't work do a repair install:
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    --
    Rock
    MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Boot the CD and do a repair install. Press the enter key
    when the CD loads and select install, then select to install
    over the existing installation (repair). See
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q315341&ID=KB;EN-US;Q315341


    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
    some support
    http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm


    "Yega" <Yega@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:68EA600E-0079-437B-B31A-BB70C046E31F@microsoft.com...
    |I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition
    on my old computer.
    | I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started
    deleting some folders form
    | the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a
    uninstaller. I then
    | used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically
    scans for any Temporary
    | and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies,
    Internet temporary files
    | and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted
    the files that it
    | found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got
    a error message
    | from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files
    were deleted and
    | that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files,
    but because I
    | couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this
    message and proceeded
    | with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle
    bin icon was gone,
    | as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text
    underneath it was gone and I
    | couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons
    Run, Search and
    | Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to
    see if that would
    | fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear.
    I restarted again
    | and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also
    booted up with 'the last
    | working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my
    question is: Would
    | putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it
    help? How do I replace
    | those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it
    and how would I do
    | that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it.
    Any help greatly
    | appreciated, thx.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair install instead of
    'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I still want my files to
    stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows XP. Also, because
    sometimes for some reason the repair option is not available, I would like to
    back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and go into command prompt
    and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto my USB pen drive?
    Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My Documents' realy, as there are
    no very important applications on there. Thx for your help.

    "Yega" wrote:

    > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
    > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
    > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
    > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
    > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
    > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
    > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
    > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
    > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
    > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
    > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
    > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
    > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
    > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
    > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
    > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
    > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
    > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
    > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
    > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
    > appreciated, thx.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I tried going into safe mode, but the icon with my name doesnt appread so I
    cant actualy log onto my computer. All I can see is the Windows XP icon as if
    its loading but it doesnt actualy get anywhere.

    "Rock" wrote:

    > Yega wrote:
    >
    > > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
    > > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
    > > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
    > > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
    > > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
    > > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
    > > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
    > > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
    > > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
    > > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
    > > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
    > > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
    > > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
    > > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
    > > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
    > > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
    > > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
    > > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
    > > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
    > > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
    > > appreciated, thx.
    >
    > In safe mode try a system restore to before you started the cleanup. If
    > that doesn't work do a repair install:
    > http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
    >
    > --
    > Rock
    > MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    The "r" is the recovery console. To do a repair install,
    press "enter" and then select to install. It will detect
    the current installation and you select to install on top,
    which performs a "repair install."


    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
    some support
    http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm


    "Yega" <Yega@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:645C5E67-18B3-4B78-A4E4-1212015DA418@microsoft.com...
    | When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair
    install instead of
    | 'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I still
    want my files to
    | stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows XP.
    Also, because
    | sometimes for some reason the repair option is not
    available, I would like to
    | back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and go
    into command prompt
    | and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto my
    USB pen drive?
    | Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My Documents'
    realy, as there are
    | no very important applications on there. Thx for your
    help.
    |
    | "Yega" wrote:
    |
    | > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home
    Edition on my old computer.
    | > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started
    deleting some folders form
    | > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a
    uninstaller. I then
    | > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically
    scans for any Temporary
    | > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies,
    Internet temporary files
    | > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted
    the files that it
    | > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I
    got a error message
    | > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition
    files were deleted and
    | > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files,
    but because I
    | > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this
    message and proceeded
    | > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the
    recycle bin icon was gone,
    | > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text
    underneath it was gone and I
    | > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the
    buttons Run, Search and
    | > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to
    see if that would
    | > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt
    appear. I restarted again
    | > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also
    booted up with 'the last
    | > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now
    my question is: Would
    | > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it
    help? How do I replace
    | > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it
    and how would I do
    | > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it.
    Any help greatly
    | > appreciated, thx.
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Ah, so its basically as if I was installing XP again but it should detect
    that I have a copy of it already installed and it just just install on top of
    the other one? Its like installing it on a new PC right? If I do this, will I
    have my files left as they were on the computer: my documents and
    applications? Thx for your help btw.

    "Yega" wrote:

    > When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair install instead of
    > 'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I still want my files to
    > stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows XP. Also, because
    > sometimes for some reason the repair option is not available, I would like to
    > back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and go into command prompt
    > and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto my USB pen drive?
    > Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My Documents' realy, as there are
    > no very important applications on there. Thx for your help.
    >
    > "Yega" wrote:
    >
    > > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
    > > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
    > > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
    > > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
    > > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
    > > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
    > > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
    > > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
    > > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
    > > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
    > > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
    > > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
    > > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
    > > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
    > > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
    > > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
    > > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
    > > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
    > > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
    > > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
    > > appreciated, thx.
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Yega wrote:

    > Ah, so its basically as if I was installing XP again but it should detect
    > that I have a copy of it already installed and it just just install on top of
    > the other one? Its like installing it on a new PC right? If I do this, will I
    > have my files left as they were on the computer: my documents and
    > applications? Thx for your help btw.
    >

    <snip>

    Yes a repair install should save installed programs and data, however
    there is always a chance of data loss. You should always have a full
    and complete backup. If you don't consider, before doing the repair
    install, to slave the drive in another XP computer and copy important
    data.

    All the information on how to do a repair install is in that link I
    already gave you: http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    In the future consider getting a drive imaging program to save an image
    of the hard drive to external media such as DVD or an external USB hard
    drive. Programs of this type include Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image,
    and Terabyte Unlimited's Image for Windows and BootIt NG.

    --
    Rock
    MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Ok thx. I'll give it a go. Is it possible to get into the command prompt
    using the XP CD, so that I can use the copy command and copy the files on my
    USB pen drive?

    "Yega" wrote:

    > Ah, so its basically as if I was installing XP again but it should detect
    > that I have a copy of it already installed and it just just install on top of
    > the other one? Its like installing it on a new PC right? If I do this, will I
    > have my files left as they were on the computer: my documents and
    > applications? Thx for your help btw.
    >
    > "Yega" wrote:
    >
    > > When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair install instead of
    > > 'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I still want my files to
    > > stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows XP. Also, because
    > > sometimes for some reason the repair option is not available, I would like to
    > > back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and go into command prompt
    > > and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto my USB pen drive?
    > > Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My Documents' realy, as there are
    > > no very important applications on there. Thx for your help.
    > >
    > > "Yega" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home Edition on my old computer.
    > > > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started deleting some folders form
    > > > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had a uninstaller. I then
    > > > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically scans for any Temporary
    > > > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies, Internet temporary files
    > > > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I deleted the files that it
    > > > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I got a error message
    > > > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition files were deleted and
    > > > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these files, but because I
    > > > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this message and proceeded
    > > > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the recycle bin icon was gone,
    > > > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text underneath it was gone and I
    > > > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the buttons Run, Search and
    > > > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC to see if that would
    > > > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt appear. I restarted again
    > > > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also booted up with 'the last
    > > > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now my question is: Would
    > > > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it help? How do I replace
    > > > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve it and how would I do
    > > > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with it. Any help greatly
    > > > appreciated, thx.
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Yega wrote:

    > Ok thx. I'll give it a go. Is it possible to get into the command prompt
    > using the XP CD, so that I can use the copy command and copy the files on my
    > USB pen drive?

    If the drive is NTFS, then no. But there are other options besides
    slaving the drive. If you have a CD ROM and a CD burner create a
    Knoppix disk on another working computer. Knoppix is a linux distro
    that can be burned from .iso to a CD and runs from the CD. It has a
    utility, k3b, to backup files to CD.

    http://www.knoppix.net/


    --
    Rock
    MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Personal files and settings should be retained, but as
    always, accidents can happen so backup critical data files
    and write down your settings so you can recover from a crash
    during the process.


    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
    some support
    http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm


    "Yega" <Yega@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6196AEA2-627E-41B1-9A26-377632199CA4@microsoft.com...
    | Ah, so its basically as if I was installing XP again but
    it should detect
    | that I have a copy of it already installed and it just
    just install on top of
    | the other one? Its like installing it on a new PC right?
    If I do this, will I
    | have my files left as they were on the computer: my
    documents and
    | applications? Thx for your help btw.
    |
    | "Yega" wrote:
    |
    | > When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair
    install instead of
    | > 'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I
    still want my files to
    | > stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows
    XP. Also, because
    | > sometimes for some reason the repair option is not
    available, I would like to
    | > back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and go
    into command prompt
    | > and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto my
    USB pen drive?
    | > Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My Documents'
    realy, as there are
    | > no very important applications on there. Thx for your
    help.
    | >
    | > "Yega" wrote:
    | >
    | > > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home
    Edition on my old computer.
    | > > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started
    deleting some folders form
    | > > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that had
    a uninstaller. I then
    | > > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which basically
    scans for any Temporary
    | > > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies,
    Internet temporary files
    | > > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I
    deleted the files that it
    | > > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later I
    got a error message
    | > > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition
    files were deleted and
    | > > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these
    files, but because I
    | > > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this
    message and proceeded
    | > > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the
    recycle bin icon was gone,
    | > > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text
    underneath it was gone and I
    | > > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the
    buttons Run, Search and
    | > > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my PC
    to see if that would
    | > > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt
    appear. I restarted again
    | > > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also
    booted up with 'the last
    | > > working configuration' but that didnt help either. Now
    my question is: Would
    | > > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from it
    help? How do I replace
    | > > those deleted files? What would I need to do to solve
    it and how would I do
    | > > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with
    it. Any help greatly
    | > > appreciated, thx.
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    The "r" option is the recovery console, which is the command
    prompt. You can copy files and even run the system file
    check which might even fix your problem. It may ask for the
    Administrator password, which if none has been set just
    means you tab over the field and press enter.
    To see a list of supported commands type help /? to see the
    switches for a command type the command followed by a space,
    / and ? as this... sfc /? to see system file check
    switches.


    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
    some support
    http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm


    "Yega" <Yega@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7198E5DC-81CD-4CAF-B96E-8F9A14E2391D@microsoft.com...
    | Ok thx. I'll give it a go. Is it possible to get into the
    command prompt
    | using the XP CD, so that I can use the copy command and
    copy the files on my
    | USB pen drive?
    |
    | "Yega" wrote:
    |
    | > Ah, so its basically as if I was installing XP again but
    it should detect
    | > that I have a copy of it already installed and it just
    just install on top of
    | > the other one? Its like installing it on a new PC right?
    If I do this, will I
    | > have my files left as they were on the computer: my
    documents and
    | > applications? Thx for your help btw.
    | >
    | > "Yega" wrote:
    | >
    | > > When I boot from CD I choose 'R' which is the repair
    install instead of
    | > > 'ENTER' which is the clean install, right? Because I
    still want my files to
    | > > stay on the computer, I just want to reinstall Windows
    XP. Also, because
    | > > sometimes for some reason the repair option is not
    available, I would like to
    | > > back up my files. Is it possible to boot from CD and
    go into command prompt
    | > > and go into the C:\ directory and copy my files onto
    my USB pen drive?
    | > > Because I realy want to keep the files in 'My
    Documents' realy, as there are
    | > > no very important applications on there. Thx for your
    help.
    | > >
    | > > "Yega" wrote:
    | > >
    | > > > I have a problem with the copy of Windows XP Home
    Edition on my old computer.
    | > > > I needed to make some space on my HDD so I started
    deleting some folders form
    | > > > the Porgram Files folder, uninstalling those that
    had a uninstaller. I then
    | > > > used a program called WinCleaner 2002 which
    basically scans for any Temporary
    | > > > and Junk files, broken shrotcuts, Internet cookies,
    Internet temporary files
    | > > > and startup errors. After it finished scanning I
    deleted the files that it
    | > > > found and recognised as junk. About 15 seconds later
    I got a error message
    | > > > from the OS saying that some Windows XP Home Edition
    files were deleted and
    | > > > that I need to insert my OS CD to reinstall these
    files, but because I
    | > > > couldnt find the disk at the time I disregarded this
    message and proceeded
    | > > > with my deleting. After about 30min I saw that the
    recycle bin icon was gone,
    | > > > as in that it appeared to be hidden and the text
    underneath it was gone and I
    | > > > couldnt click on it. Also when I clicked Start the
    buttons Run, Search and
    | > > > Help & Support were also gone. I then restarted my
    PC to see if that would
    | > > > fix it, but I couldnt even log in: the icon didnt
    appear. I restarted again
    | > > > and booted up in Safe Mode and it didnt help. I also
    booted up with 'the last
    | > > > working configuration' but that didnt help either.
    Now my question is: Would
    | > > > putting the Windows XP CD back in and booting from
    it help? How do I replace
    | > > > those deleted files? What would I need to do to
    solve it and how would I do
    | > > > that? I do have the CD but dont know what to do with
    it. Any help greatly
    | > > > appreciated, thx.
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