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Windows XP Repair Option Not Available

We had a XP Home system in which when a repair install was attempted the option did not appear..

What you need to do is to reboot, boot off a Windows XP CD,  select R for Repair Console and do the following..
copy K:i386ntldr C:
copy K:i386ntdetect.com C:
Type: attrib -h -r -s C:boot.ini del C:boot.ini (if this does not work you can boot with an ERD CD and delete c:boot.ini)
and finally Type: BootCfg /Rebuild

This will then give you access to the repair option once you boot off an XP CD.