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Windows XP pro wont start fully

Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by KLR, Aug 2, 2004.

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  1. KLR

    KLR Guest

    Having a nasty problem with my Windows XP pro.

    was having a few problems with it (the usual crap - running slow
    occasionally, and taking about 5 minutes to go through the normal
    start sequence

    decided to try using the boot disks and do a "repair" of the existing

    This process worked fine (according to the machine), but when it was
    restarted - it gets as far as the "windows xp" logo with the bargraph
    underneath (the part that occurs just before the pic changes to the
    desktop or the "select user" menu) and just stays in that screen
    indefinitely. The bargraph in the lower middle continues to move -
    so presumably the thing hasnt totally frozen ?

    When you use the boot options (from the F8 menu during startup, they
    produce the same results - or just sit and hang indefinitely, whether
    safe mode, (of any type) last known good settings etc.

    I tried to boot again using the boot disks and "repair" the
    installation once more but it still doesnt work.

    anyone got any ideas about how I can recover this windows installation
  2. Andrew

    Andrew Guest

    XP is relatively stable, provided you keep updated. I would guess that you
    have most likely caught a virus or have a driver problem. Turn on boot
    logging. Since you are posting a message here I assume you have access to
    the web. Do a search on troubleshooting XP at boot time.
  3. Lord-Data

    Lord-Data Guest

    You could also try posting it to a group that is even slightly relevant?
  4. Could be HDD problem? are you using NTFS?
    Check H/W. I assume you have a backup of your data.
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I would have run bootvis, (search for it), at this point.
    Remove all 'extra' hardware, (ie. everything EXCEPT mouse, keyboard, HD,
    floppy and video card), then boot into Safe Mode.
    If you can boot to the command console then run System Restore and see
    if you can restore to before your repair installations, (but I don't
    think so).

    If you can't recover it, then, (providing you have access to another XP
    machine), go to and make a BartPE CD with
    the tools you want/need.

    Boot off of it, then run a virus scanner, other recovery tools or just
    be able to access your files on NTFS/FAT partitions to copy them off to
    somewhere else.

    I've found that when XP dies, it dies very well, (ie. format then

  6. KLR

    KLR Guest


    I see you are about as relevant with your typical posts of late too.
  7. KLR

    KLR Guest

    It was very persistant in staying faulty unfortunately.

    Even though i didnt want to go that far - this last bit of advice
    turned out to be the best, so I copied all the important stuff onto
    another drive using a second machine and reformatted and did a clean
    install :)

    While it took several hours to get everything installed and back how I
    like it - its a lot less time than has been spent (wasted) to date
    getting it to work, but it's running very well again now :)

    Thank you for all your help :)
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