Please can you tell me how to repair my bootup windws xp.when i start up the computer it boots up to f8 and not straight to the desk top.when in f8 it asks which operating system to boot up to windows xp counts down 30 seconds then to the desk top like it should do how do i bypass the f8 and straight to the desk top please.
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You might have experienced the blue screen of death, as they may term it. This could be caused by corrupted system files on Windows that the computer needs in order to bootup. In such cases, try to reboot and press F5 or F8 continuously until it gets you to a selection where you can choose Safe Mode or Last known Good Configuration". You can choose either of the two until it boots back to normal. If this does not solve the issue, you may need to do a Windows Repair, on which you need the Windows Installation CD and boot from there.
Please let me know if you needed further assistance.
to make cd/dvd drive the primary one..all u gotta do is to configure the bios(press DEL/F1/F2/F10 briskly, as applicable while at the system boot, this'll enter u in the CMOS utility, search for boot Device Priority)..make cd/dvd drive the primary or 1st boot device n 2nd device @ HDD 0..
download n install any boot manager (various are available)..eg. Power quest Boot Magic..it'll b quite useful when u wanna selective startup using Multiple OS like win xp pro sp2+ubuntu..
the best is to install ubuntu first in raw/undefined hdd space next go for xp..
always better to seek professional supervision of ur System admin/vendor....
Boot up your Windows XP on your drive.
Since you have been on that process I assume that you already know those things prior to this solution. I'll just continue the subject after it load all the drivers.
1) After you get the "MENU" screen that has a selection of
Install XP press "Enter"
Press "R" to repair
Press "F3" to quit
Select to "Install XP"
2)After you will get a End User License Agreement (EULA), then Press "F8" to accept
3) Then another menu that was stated above. Then this is the time you select the REPAIR option
if you can't get into the bios, you can't start a repair, when it's booting, continually press F2 to get the bios up, if that does nothing reboot an continualy press Del, this is for the bios menu and set the cd drive as first boot device.
If not continually press F8 on boot up this is safe mode, then when youre in highlight last known good configuration and press Enter.
Give this a try as your pc will not be set to boot from cdrom as default and will just try to boot into windows.
It sounds like the boot sector on your main hard drive is corrupted. You should have created an emergency boot disk when you first purchased the computer. Since you don't have the oroginals you should borrow a system CD from a friend and boot up that way and try to a recovery. Selecting F8 during the bootup sequence allows one to start if Safe mode, but I believe (I usually run Linux) you still need the boot sector on the main hard drive to be valid in order for this to work. The F1 gets you to the Bios screen (?) where you can select the boot sequence (hard drive, CD, or floppy first/second/third), among other things.
Hopefully someone with more Windows experience than I can assistance better than I can, I just thought I'd throw that out there.