I have a hp laptop. I was in the middle of defraging my hard drive and the computer froze. I hard booted the computer and now it wont bring up the windows screen. I can hit f12 and then hit f8 sometimes I can access the boot options I have tried to boot up in safe mode and in another mode but it wouldn't work. I am just tring to access my files so I don't lose them. It would be a good thing. Any ideas?
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Re: xp wont boot up
You need to try to do an inline repair of windows. Please refer to this web address http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/ As long as your hard drive is ok this should get you back into windows with your data intact
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You need a Windows XP installation code and the XP product Installation code. Insert the Windows CD into the computer and boot up with this CD (you may need to go into the BIOS and make the CD drive the first boot device and the hard disk as the second boot device. Then follow the on screen instructions.
Providing the computer posts (shows an image when powered up), Enter the CMOS/BIOS by tapping the DELETE (DEL) key. Therein, make sure the optical drive (CD/DVD Drive) is set to boot before the hard drive (HDD). Look for something like boot order, etc.
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS you can load failsafe defaultsor load optimized defaults ,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart or you might try During the boot process tap thef8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computer
once you have your computer running try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive
I've found that for data recovery of a nonformatted hard drive, It helps to try Puppy Linux. (I prefer version 4.1.2) Burn the .iso image from their website using an iso burning program, and place it into your PC first thing during bootup. Once booted, you should be able to transfer all your files to an external hard drive, or series of DVDs,
I must have done this about a dozen times for people.
yes.. because the booting information and booting files are sored only in active primary partition of a hard drive. i.e primary drive. if you remove the primary it wont recognize the OS with out booting information. you should need to reinstall OS.
There are several possibilities here. Hardware like the hard disk drive or operating system problems and hopefully that's all it is. I'm assuming all are running XP with all the upgrades. The F8 key while booting XP will give you the option of starting in the SAFE MODE. In this environment open your web browser and go to TOOLS, INTERNET OPTIONS, DELETE. Ignore all warnings and delete all files and delete all cookies. Reboot.
On reboot see if XP will boot normally. If not reboot ad enter the safe mode again. Either way go to 'start' 'all programs' 'accessories' 'defrag' and run 'defrag'. reboot and hope all is well. If you are able to get through these processes and there are still problems along the way it would seem that there is either a hard drive problem or a corruption of the XP operating system. Your computer willl need expert hands on advice.
check the bios and see what the boot order is for the boot devices. Hard disk 0 should be listed after the cdrom drive. this problem you are having might occur if the hard drive is down the list in the boot order, and not checked as being a valid boot device.
if you turn it opside down their tree place at the back u check the middle one then you remove the old one carefully so that you wont spoil the connector and if you want to install wondow xp insert cd into the drive then go to setup set your cd drive as first boot device then you press f10 to save and restart after that it will ask you press any key to boot from cd drive you press after press pressing you can now follow the screen direction