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Windows does not start

I have windows xp home edition and  windows doesn't start. I tried recovery from hard drive but  i get a black screen with ( _ ) intermitent and i can not go to anywhere. I tried too pressing F8, F10, and F12 and one more time i got the black screen or windows blue screen stop: 0x0000008E, 0xc0000005, 0x00000080413051, 0xF6ECD778, 0x00000000, or windows system 32 error 257. A friend mine gave windows xp professional cd and at to install i was at 2% of installation but were more than one hour and half and i thinking installation was too delay i turned off the computer.After this i got the same black screen or windows blue screen describe above. Is there any one can help me? Or you Ginko can help me to resolve this issue? Thank you , caridad

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  • cari leal
    cari leal Nov 09, 2008

    My computer is HP Pavilion a714x.

  • caridad leal
    caridad leal Nov 11, 2008

    I can not do recovery from hard
    drive and windows recovery console because my pc does not stsrt windows, neither pressing F1,F8,F10,F12.

    I got a black screen with (-) intermitent, o windows blue screen 0x0000007F,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000,0x00000000

    System Bios Shadowed Status,System Video Bios Shadowed.

    My computer is HP Pavilion a714x.

    This that is happening is for a bad hard drive(malfuntion) or problem

    with windows system operating.

    I have windows xp home edition.

    Thank you to some body can help me.

    Caridad

  • deathgundam0 Nov 20, 2008

    I keep getting the problem with ( - ) thing and the recovery menu will not boot also can this be booted by a usb stick

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You've been given some good info already but I thought I'd suggest a PC Upgrade for Dummies book while you're browsing about. I own many of these and I'll guarantee they work for dummies!

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Error 257 is an error message (according to Western Digital's website of error messages) meaning that you have a hard drive problem. Also, from the sound of your re-installation problem, you most definitely have a hard drive problem. Get a new one, preferable a beefy brand-name one with at least 250GB; more if you can afford it. Installation is not too difficult, if you know your way around a PC chassis. If not, call around to local PC repair shops and ask for estimates of doing just this, nothing more. You can install XP Pro yourself back at home. You may spend a lot more money that you planned if you let them up-sell you, though. If this was a car, you just need a new engine, not a whole new car...just go into this with eyes open and you'll be OK.

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