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When Windows XP won't start (final fix)

So--you've tried everything else and you still can't get XP up and running? Time to do a system reinstall.

If you have a recovery disk (or set) provided by the manufacturer or if you remembered to make one when you got the computer, put the first disk in the CD/DVD drive, boot from it, and then follow the prompts. The program will most likely format the hard drive and restore your computer to its original (factory) condition. Bad for you if you have not backed up your data.

When I have the opportunity, I would much rather use a Windows disk (same flavor of Windows on your machine) to install a fresh copy of the operating system. You would boot from this disk in the same manner as I described in the first two tips. This time, though, you will not choose "repair" but will proceed with the installation of a fresh copy of Windows. When prompted, I would recommend leaving the file system intact (that is, not reformat the hard drive) if you have data that you really don't want to lose. In the end, you will have two installations of Windows that you will be able to see in Windows Explorer, but only one will be functional. Your data will usually be intact. You will have to reinstall all your programs, though. All the files will be there, but no programs will work until you reinstall them.

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Need To Reboot to factory settings


System Recovery is Factory Settings. Did you make the System Recovery Disk or are you trying to use the Recovery Partition that the manufacturer put on your hard drive?

Anyway, for the time being lets forget about system Recovery since you say it does not work.

Run the Check Disk Utility.

To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r
Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.

Apr 26, 2012 | Acer Computers & Internet

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I have an Everex Impact GC 2500 and it says I need to reinstall windows xp but I dont have the disk or product key code from yrs ago. Part of my sticker on the side of the computer is torn so I cant see all of the numbers but I can see a serial number on another sticker,.


If your current copy of Windows is still working, search online for the free 'PRODUKEY' software.
Download it. Unzip it. Run it, and it will tell you the 25-character product-key that you used when you installed Windows. Write it down!

> don't have the disk

Some computers have an option at power-on time to boot to the "System Recovery" environment.
From that environment, you can reinstall Windows.

Some computers have a utility to use your CD/DVD writer to burn a set of "System Recovery" disks. Get up to 10 CD-writable disks, and run the utility.

Or, contact the manufacturer, and order a set of "System Recovery" disks.
Probably about $20, plus $20 for overnight-courier.

Nov 26, 2010 | Everex IMPACT GC2500 PC Desktop

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acer aspire 5100 stops at agpcpq.sys and keeps rebooting. Will not boot up normally, safe mode, or any other way. Booted off of install CD and ran chkdsk /r. No luck.


Hi,
Boot from the CD again and this time run chkdsk /f
This command will try to fix any errors with the file system and check for and recover bad sectors.



Hope this helps.

Aug 28, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook

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My sony laptop with windows xp home media center keeps rebooting


When XP gets into the rebooting mode, you will have to run a chkdsk or do an XP repair. You will not lose your data. But you do need your recovery cd or a WinXP cd.

Take the Windows XP disk. Boot from it, then DO NOT select F2 (automated system recovery) but continue through the procedure until you get to the point where you can choose between installing Windows XP and entering the Recovery Console. Once you get into the Recovery Console, do chkdsk and fix potential errors on your disks! Type chkdsk C: /R at the prompt in the recovery console.

XP repair
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
Lastly, your drive can be taken out of the unit and set into an enclosure or adapter. The data can be saved, the your hard drive can be formatted and programs and data reinstalled.
Good Luck,
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

Mar 10, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-NR120E/S Notebook

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System Recovery Media error 10-FA11-045D


This error comes up if the toshiba recovery cannot recognise the file system and partitions. try removing all partitions using the fdisk utility or a windows XP CD and then run the recovery.

Mar 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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