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Xp wont start

Hi, i have a problem when i start my computer i get windows splash screen and
then after that this comes up.

windows falied to start. a recent hardware or software change migth be the
cause. to fix the problem :

1. insert yopur windows installation disk and restart your computer.
2. choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. click "repair your computer"

If you do not have this disk, contact your system administrator or computer
manufacturer for asssistance.

File : ootcd

status : 0xc0000098

info : The windows boot conriguration data file does not contain a valid OS entry..

Any ideas cant do a rcovery nether
thanx mik.

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  • mik246 Nov 10, 2008

    no cant do any of that just keeps coming up with the same window that i sent you the laptop has no cd drive so i cant install the cd all i get at start up is press del key to run setup or press f11 to run boot menu when i press f11 all i get is (sata:toshiba mk8037gsx

    (generic-multi-card 1.00

    (realtek boot agent

    (enter setup

    which ever one i chose just takes me back to the same screen that i sent you

  • mik246 Nov 10, 2008

    thanx for that the laptop is an ADVENT 4221b 3 months old is there a way i can download a start up from my other pc to a usb drive then on to the laptop


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At boot press F8 to get to safe mode. Only the minimum required drivers will be loaded. If this works and you are in safe mode then you can access the restore points or these two utilities: Start>Run then type msconfig. There you can see what programs are starting automatically and stop or start them with the check boxes. This is a safe way to go as you can do or undo things with check boxes.   Those error codes are mostly meaningless if you aren't a programmer. You can also go to the Command prompt and type: sfc /scannow which will check all of your system files and restore them. Typing 'chkdsk /p' will do a similar operation upon reboot after  initiating that command.   If you do know alot about command line queries then there are alot of boot configuration tools to use but you wouldn't be asking here if you already are experience in that type of troubleshooting. Type 'help' or the command (like bootcfg /?) to see the options of that command.   Pressing F12 at start up will give you one-time boot options.  Last Known Good Configuration gets you just that.   If you cannot get to Safe Mode then you will have to boot to your XP cd where you can reinstall xp, repair xp or perform what is called an "inplace upgrade" which allows you to install a sort of parallel install of xp that is useful if you need to rescue data before wiping your hard drive for a new install.   You never mentioned what happened just prior to this casualty so I have to assume that you don't know and just pretend that I have your computer here without a repair tag. ~Steve Medley

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    Stephen Medley Nov 10, 2008

      My guess is that you have a Toshiba SATA hard drive. If that is the original hard drive then you probably have a Toshiba or Fujitsu laptop less than 5 years old. A cd or dvd came with that laptop but either is broke or missing and you probably do not have a floppy drive. You probably have a usb connector.
      You can add more to my guesses if you want but you do not have to if you have alot of time to wait for me to figure this out on my own. 
      Based on what I now know I can say that you have to find a cd drive to reload or repair with an xp cd. Otherwise you could use a usb thumb drive to load the Windows setup which you can download on another computer then choose that after pressing F11. 
      It is not clear to me that you pressed F8 at start up and it did not work or you did not press that key because it was not listed as an option. Let me know if you have an issue like not having a cd drive and can't get one, don't know how or what setup files to put on a usb drive, live in Antarctica with no computer parts available, don't know where the model number is...get the idea? respectfully, Steve

  • Stephen Medley
    Stephen Medley Nov 10, 2008

    A 3 months old computer with no cd/dvd still seems mysterious but here is an option you might try:

  • Stephen Medley
    Stephen Medley Nov 10, 2008

    The computer is still in warranty and a cd/dvd drive will always be conspicuous in it's absence but here you go:


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