When starting up my Gateway Pentium 4 Desktop, Windows XP tries to load and then a blue screen comes up and says "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" and I can't load Windows
I recently tried starting up an old computer I haven't used in about 10 months. It's a Gateway Pentium 4 with Windows XP, I believe I originally bought it new in 2001. I had to go out and buy a new monitor cable (Belkin, 17" and less) chord to connect to my PC because i couldn't find my old one. When I attempted to start my computer a screen came up that said something about possible damage to my harddrive or that new software might have been installed and asked if I wanted to either: load windows normally, load windows from previous settings, load windows in safe mode, load windows in safe mode with command prompt, or load windows in safe mode with network connections. I tried all of these options and with all of them I got a blue screen that came up and said "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" followed by some text that said I should check for updates or restart and then was followed by some code that went something like "STOP: 0x00000DED (0x81B62A88,0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). everytime I shut off my PC and started it up again this would happen. The starting windows normally and Safe mode options got me to atleast the beginning windows XP loading page, but all the options eventually brought me to this blue screen. please help!
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Which OS do you have? Have you tried booting to safe mode?. Restart the computer. Immediately after the BIOS post ends, start tapping the F8 key repeatedly. when Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select safe mode and see whether it boots completely without blue screen(BSOD)
MBR stands for Master Boot Record. It is an essential piece of information written on the Hard Drive that allows the program to load. If the MBR is corrupted the computer boot process cannot proceed. You have to repair it. On old systems with a floppy drive you would get a Win98 boot disk on a floppy, boot the system using the A:drive (floppy) then use a DOS command to refresh the Master Boot Record. If your system is using Windows XP tablet PC edition you might be able to use the installation disk to boot to the recovery console and use the command FIXBOOT or FIXMBR. You can also reinstall the Operating System. I hope this answer gave you some starting point to investigate further. There are on the web some software vendors who sell system recuperation CDs. Some may be free other you have to buy.
1. On boot up keep tapping F8, then select safe mode with networking
2. type TDSSKILLER.EXE in google.
3 Download tdss.killer.exe to your desktop screen (not the tdsskiller.zip file)
4. Install tdsskiller.exe and run a scan.
5 Once scan is complete, select cure.
6 Reboot your system as normal and everything should work just fine and no more blue screen.
If you get a blue screen of death (BSOD) after trying this method you will have to reinstall windows and the problem will stop.
I have used this method myself on 4 laptops and has fixed every single one. Best news of all is that tdsskiller is a freeware program that sorts all of your drivers in the system32 folder and it's FREE.
Yu possibly have a virus You will need to format the hard drive and reload Windows if this doesn't work you will need a new hard drive. Try to "defragment the hard drive 1st. check the disk for errors.
try to boot to windows xp or dos command, for winXP go to recovery console-select your windows-type the admin password then if C:\WINDOWS come up type chkdsk /r if that doesnt help, repair your operating system or backup your files and reinstall your operating system.
If you are getting a Blue screen repeatedly and you can't start up to
windows in any custom setting ( from f8 start up menu ) one way to
solve the problem is to Use the restore disc or windows installation cd
or dvd to install
windows into the computer or perform a repair installation if a windows
already exists on the computer and the setup can find it.
how to perform a repair installation
this is for xp, but its similar on 2000 and on vista.
insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen,
press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
not then the computer is not set to start up from a cd, you can either
enter the setup / bios to change that setting OR right when you power
up the computer look at the screen it will say what button to press in
order to enter boot menu or bios, it will very likely be button F12 or similar, it should say on the screen when you power on.
if it doesn't, then you need to go into the bios and change the boot order so that the computer starts from the CD first.
after that you should be able to start from the cd and install the OS (Operating system, eg.Windows)
here's some info on how to work the bios: http://www.whitecanyon.com/how-to-change-boot-order.php
Repeat step 1 when you have changed the boot order.
2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
windows is working you will need the drivers for your computer, they
are at the makers website, for hp and compaq. www.hp.com for acer
http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/downloads.html for all other
brands go to google and write Brand drivers. Should get you to the
right place. Dell is most likely www.dell.com and so on.