On booting, my XP hangs after displaying the OS logo
After displaying the Windows XP Professional logo the screen goes blank for upto 30 mins or so, then comes up and says "Windows starting up..." and freezes there. After 45 minutes to 1 hr it brings up the following message:
The instruction at "0 x 75978dc1" referenced memory at "0 x 00000000." The memory could not be read.
When I reboot the same thing happens again and again.How can I solve this?
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Re: On booting, my XP hangs after displaying the OS logo
Reinstall your operating system. if problems persist, try remove some
components or hardware on your PC then use another one check it one by
one maybe there some defect on your hardware. usually your memory,VGA
and harddrive has defect check it one by one.
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You'll need to get a password wiping cd that boots prior to windows. Hiren's has a free product to do just that. It boots into it's own OS and allows you to blank out the password for your account, or any other users account: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/ You'll have to log into another machine to burn the program though.
I also recommend booting into safe mode with networking (hit F8 BEFORE seeing the Windows logo on startup) and running Malwarebytes and Combofix (you can google them both).
Automate the above task using this utility This tiny utility provides you the option to choose a color from the Color Picker dialog and can reset the logon Wallpaper if you want. Choose your preferred Color and click Apply Background color. Remove Logon Screen wallpaper option clears the logon
How to disable the Windows XP Splash Screen / logo at startup ?
To disable the Windows XP splash screen (logo) at startup, and to see the list of drivers loading at startup, follow these steps:
Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG
Click the Boot.ini tab
Under Operating Systems section, select the appropriate entry and then enable the /SOS switch in the Boot Options section below
Click OK and close MSCONFIG utility.
The corresponding entry in the Boot.ini file is automatically added. Example given below:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /sos
The /sos parameter displays the names of the drivers as they load during the boot process. Use when startup fails (while loading drivers) to determine which driver is failing to load. See Boot Parameter Reference for more information.
Also see /noguiboot parameter, which can also disable the splash screen.
Use the Bootcfg utility in the Recovery Console to correct the Boot.ini file:
Use the Windows XP CD-ROM to start your computer.
When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows by using the Recovery Console, press the R key.
Select the Windows installation that you want, and then type the administrator password when prompted.
Type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER.
When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
[Type Y in response to this message.]
Enter Load Identifier:
[This is the name of the operating system. Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition.]
Enter OS Load options:
[Leave this field blank, and then press ENTER].
After you perform the preceding steps, restart the computer, and then
select the first item on the boot menu. This should allow Windows XP to
After Windows XP has successfully loaded, the Boot.ini can be modified to remove the incorrect entry.
Hi there. First of all delete any passwords that protect the account and any users that you don't want (not your own) Then, Right click on my computer and select "properties" tab, then you want the advanced tab and then "startup and recovery" tab and then the "edit" tab. You should see something like this >>> [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
It should look like this so delete the second string and save:
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Restart the PC and it should boot straight into windows
Insert the original Windows XP "System Restore" CD-ROM,
and tell your computer to "boot" from it.
Does it boot, and get to a screen that asks you "do you really want to ...", or does it stop at a "blank" screen?
If it "stops", you have a "hardware" problem.
If it "asks", then either:
* your disk-drive has failed, or is about to fail,
* your installed copy of Windows is messed-up, and it cannot complete the "boot" process.
Take your computer to a computer-store, for more trouble-shooting.