Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

When Windows XP won't start (primary fix)

Symptoms: When you start your computer, you get the black screen with a menu that tells you to start in safe mode, normal mode, etc. When you make a choice, you end up in the same place.

Solution: If you have Windows XP, you'll need an installation disk. Doesn't matter if it's yours or not. You just need a Windows XP disk. Any flavor. Put it in the CD drive and start your computer. Be sure the computer boots from the CD.
You will see the Windows installation message and the first question you will be asked is if you wish to repair Windows or install it. Choose "r" for repair. You will now be presented with a black screen that asks you which version of Windows do you wish to repair. Choose the one that is probably the first on the list--it should just say Windows. It may appear like this: C:\Windows.
You may get a second screen asking for the password. This is the password for the Administrator account. If there is not a password on this account, just hit "enter."
When you get to the C:\> prompt, type CHKDSK /P and let it run. It will most likely find errors and fix them. Once it's finished, Windows should start normally.
If it doesn't, you'll need to check out my link that addresses the "secondary fix."

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Starting Windows comes up that passes then all I get is a white mouse on a blank black screen for ever whats the deal?


Try restarting the computer and as soon as it begins to start up click on your " f8 " key repeatedly until a start menu comes up. Click on " safe mode" the computer will try to boot up to a simpler mode of windows. If this is successful you will get windows up with larger icons on a black background. Click on shut down / restart the computer will reboot to normal mode. This is often sufficient to resolve windows start up problems. If safe mode worked but the computer still does not fully start click on three keys at the same time " ctrl alt and delete" when you have the mouse only screen. This should bring up the " task manager" click on " run new task" and enter " explorer.exe" this should bring up your desktop

Feb 11, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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vaio cr series laptop - the desktop is all black


restart the computer and continue press F8, you will get few choice in the DOS screen. select last known good configuration and press enter.
that should bring you back to where it works.
if that didn't bring back the screen, try startup in safe mode, restart the computer after the safe mode completed.

Apr 22, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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when I start my computer it goes to a black screen that tells me my computer did not start successfully and that that I can pick to start my computer in safe mode, safe mode with networking , safe mode with comand prompt, last known good configuration, or start normally, and I tried all of those options and the same screen continues to pop up. I am leaving for Hawaii in the morning and I need my computer to do my homework and email my professors, I also do not have any of the disks to use. What can I do???


while you in the booting screen like safemode , safemode with command prompt In that screen press F8 key you goto the other screen like safemode etc., select Enable Vga mode and select the operating system.If it is not work properly then you have reinstall the missing file in the operating system that means you have Repair the operating system.If you dont know how to repair the operating system plese inform to fixya.com

May 13, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Black screen comes up "windows did not start successfully...." choose from safe mode, safe mode with networking etc Last known Configuration or Start Windows Normally. Computer then tries to start windows, blue screen flashes up momentarily then computer restarts itself automatically. Continues over and over, will not load up


You should opt Safe Mode:
  • On the black screen just navigate throug up and down arrow keys.
  • Goto Safe Mode and press enter.
  • It will boot your system in safe mode.
If the boot is success full:
  • try to remember any software or hardware you recently installed/change. Then remove/uninstall that software/hardware. Also remove some device driver like Video/Audio driver and make re-start. and try to normal boot. If success then install your audio/video.
If no success then I think its time to re-install your windows.
Please post your feed-back.
Gud Luck
Iqbal

Apr 20, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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