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Booting problem windows doesn't start correctly. A software or material may be is responsible of this problem and the same message appears

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If the computer was working properly few hours/days back... then you can try it by restoring the windows to an earlier time by booting it in the safe mode.


How to go in the safe mode < click



How to restore the system>

To use System Restore to restore Windows XP to a previous state, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.
If you successfully restored your computer to a previous state, and the computer is performing as it should be, you are finished.

If the restore process completed successfully but the computer is still not performing as you want then its recommended to repair the windows.


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Registry problem


You must have an authorised (legal copy) of windows xp.

Registering Windows XP enables Microsoft to notify you of essential program updates, security issues and available program patches.


Although registration is optional, you are required to first validate and activate your software to ensure that it is not a pirated copy.


Windows XP has a built-in function that will lock a non-activated genuine Microsoft product after it has run for 30 days

From the Start menu, click "All Programs," then "Activate Windows."


A blue window will appear with a picture depicting a set of keys in the top-left corner, and a message saying "Let's Activate Windows."


Click the topmost radio button marked "Yes, let's activate Windows now."

Click the white "Next" button on the lower-right corner of the window and follow the instructions to activate your copy of Windows XP.


The final blue window of the activation process will be marked "Register With Microsoft?" Click the white "Yes" button at the lower-right corner.


A new pop-up window marked "Collecting Registration Data" will appear.


Fill in the form by typing your personal details into the sections provided.

At the foot of the form you will find two blank white squares followed by messages asking whether you wish to receive special offers and promotional material from Microsoft.


Click on one or both of the white squares if you wish to participate; if not, leave them blank. Click the white "Next" button in the lower right corner of your screen.


A "Thank You" message will appear. Click the white "OK" button in the lower-right corner to complete the Windows XP registration process.


Hope this helps.

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I have an HP1110n....It acts like it is booting up, but I only see my screen background pic. No icons show up. The disk spins and is doing something, but it won't display ANY icons ! Help !


This happens when Explorer (the file manager - the program that makes all the files visible on the screen) doesn't starts at boot. Press Alt + Ctrl + Del to open Task Manager. Click File, click Run and type explorer. Click OK and the icons and the taskbar will appear. If it doesn't start or it's faulty in any way you will have to reinstall Windows.

Jul 31, 2011 | HP Pavilion a1110n (PX743AA) PC Desktop

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Message saying windows did not start properly. recent hardware or software change may have caused


There must be a corrupted software drivers.

For quick solution tried to boot in safemode then perform system restore, if it doesn't work tried to restore the last known good configuration.

How to boot in safemode:
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Safe Mode" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.
  4. Once your on the Windows desktop, click on Start>All Programs>Accesories>System Tools then select System restore
  5. Choose the recent date or restore point that your computer is working fine.

How to boot in Last know good configuration:
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Last Known Good configuration" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.

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When booting desktop doesn't load


There are a couple of quick fixes you can do.

First, boot into Safe Mode (Repeatedly tap the F8 key while the system is booting, before the windows logo appears) A Menu will pop up, press Boot Into Safe Mode. From there you can try a System Restore to a known good date.

System Restore - Click Start -> Control Panel -> On the top right, type "System Restore" without the quotes. Click on "Restore system files and settings from a restore point". You can choose the recommended restore or a specific date.

The other option is to boot into "Last Known Good Configuration". To do this, use the F8 trick again while booting, but instead of Safe Mode choose "Last Known Good Configuration".

Please note that either of these run a risk of some data being lost from the time the restore point was made. You "shouldn't" lose anything but just want to make you aware.


If this helps please give a good rating. Thanks.

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I have a HP Compaq Evo D51S and when every time I turn it on it displays a message saying that Windows did not start successfully. It appears that it is stuck on a loop, it goes through the normal...


You have removed any system file or driver from your PC or your system have many of viruses. Start windows in safe mode by clicking F10 while booting. Transfer your files from C drive to other drives or in removable drive. Get windows recovery disk and repair your windows xp. This also formates your C drive. Next time, load a licenced antivirus and do not make any changes in C drive.

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I have windows xp media center. I go to control


I would try booting in to safe mode see what happens
  1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
  2. Select an option when the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.
  3. When the Boot menu appears again, and the words "Safe Mode" appear in blue at the bottom, select the installation that you want to start, and then press ENTER.
If it works in safe mode you may have a permissions issue or infection of some type.
Run a virus scan.

Remove any devices connected to your computer.

Aug 18, 2009 | HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop

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Cannot install windows vista ultimate 64 bit on my computer when I have xp installed. Can boot from the 32 bit version disk though but I want the 64 bit. Tried booting it from start-up by booting from CD...


  1. Start the computer and make sure that the current version of Windows has started.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
  3. If the Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start and then click Run.
    2. Type Drive:\setup.exe and then click OK.

      Note Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.
  4. When the Setup program starts and the Install now screen appears, click Install now.

    Note When you receive with the Get important updates for installation message, click Go Online.
  5. Click Upgrade when the Which type of installation do you want? screen appears.

    If you cannot click Upgrade and you receive an error message, go to the "Troubleshooting" section if you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot, or go to the "Next Steps" section to determine your next steps.
  6. Follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the upgrade to Windows Vista.

If the installation does not finish or you receive an error message, and you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot the problem, go to the "Troubleshooting" section for more information about common issues and their resolutions. If you are not comfortable trying to troubleshoot the issue, go to the "Next Steps" section. Perform a clean installation loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); There are two ways to perform a clean installation of Windows Vista. The first method is to install Windows Vista by running the Setup program from the current version of Windows on your computer. The second method is to start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD. First, try method 1. If it does not work, try method 2.

Warning In a clean installation, existing data on your computer is deleted. This data includes personal data, settings, hardware driver information, and software programs. After you install the operating system, you must also reinstall all programs. Make sure that you back up personal data to disks or other external storage devices before you perform a clean installation. Method 1: Perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by running Setup from the current version of Windows loadTOCNode(3, 'summary'); To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista from the current version of Windows on the computer, follow these steps:
  1. Start the computer and make sure that the current version of Windows has started.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray. Wait a moment for the Setup program to start automatically.
  3. If the Setup program does not start automatically, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start and then click Run.
    2. Type Drive:\setup.exe and then click OK.

      Note Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.
  4. When the Setup program starts and the Install now screen appears, click Install now.
  5. When the Which type of installation do you want? screen appears, click Custom (advanced). The follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.

If the installation does not finish or you receive an error message, and you are comfortable trying to troubleshoot the problem, go to the "Troubleshooting" section for more information about common issues and their resolutions. If you are not comfortable trying to troubleshoot the issue, go to the "Next Steps" section. Method 2: Perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by starting the computer from the Windows Vista DVD loadTOCNode(3, 'summary'); Note The computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer. Or, contact the computer manufacturer.

To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista by starting the computer from the Windows Vista DVD, follow these steps:
  1. Start the computer.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive and then close the drive tray.
  3. Restart the computer.
  4. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key.
  5. Follow the instructions to install Windows Vista.
If Windows Vista is now running on your computer, you have completed the installation successfully.

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If you don't get into windows via f8, it should tell you on the screen what the problem is. Which usually means reinstalling Windows.

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