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Windows XP professional loop

When I turn on the computer I get the 'you improperly turned off the computer' page and given the option to start in windows or the safe mode. Either way Windows starts loading with the blue dots moving accross the bar. The blue dots stop and the computer returns to the 'you improperly turned off the computer' window. I cannot shut it down unless I shut it off. I've tried the windows XP program disk and get a message, do you want to load off the CD but the same results occurs. I've considered replacing the hard drive and reloading windows then connecting the old hard drive as a external drive and recovering the data. I can probably buy a new computer for the hardware I'd need to buy to buy. Is it possible to connect the problem computer directly to another computer and have it act like a external drive? Any suggestion will be appreciated.

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I think there is an easier way.

  1. This often happens when the toggle bit for the shut down gets corrupted. you should be able to run the msconfig utility and force "safe mode". Restart, then force it back to "normal mode". The startup issue should be resolved.
  2. You can also try "fixboot" and "fixmbr" commands from the recovery console.

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Glad to hear you have your OS disc handy... let's try this:

Insert your XP CD and when it asks if you want to boot from the CD, press any key (ENTER) to do so. When asked, press ENTER ("To setup Windows XP now") and follow these steps...

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press "R"
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press "F3".
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console". You Do Not want to load the Recovery Console.
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press "R" to start the repair.
((Note: If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read Warning#2! ))

Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and at some point the system will reboot. When this happens, you want to now allow the system to boot from the hard disk but leave the CD in the drive. So do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Hope that helps.
Good luck!

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