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Windows not starting successfully.

My Compaq nx6110 turns on but stops on a black screen with white writing. It says "Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this." It then has 5 options - Safe ModeSafe Mode with NetworkingSafe Mode with Command PromptLast Known Good ConfigurationStart Windows NormallyI have tried all 5 options but it always reverts to this screen again after briefly being on the 'Windows xp loading screen'.Can anybody help? Thanks!

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  • bobbyberto10 Jan 11, 2009

    There are no usb devices in, i don't think i have recently installed any hardware, so how do i reinstall windows xp? If i do, will i lose anything?

    Thanks for the help!

  • bobbyberto10 Jan 11, 2009

    I have entered the CD but nothing happens apart from the timer stopping counting down.

    Thanks for the help!

  • bobbyberto10 Jan 11, 2009

    As far as i'm aware my 'USB CD-ROM' is set to boot before my notebook hard drive. I keep on restarting the pc but nothing happens when i press any key apart from back to the error screen.



    Thanks for the help!

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First address the file system by using your operating system cd. You can follow the below steps
to run the check disk utility followed by fix master boot record utility.


Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER. (Space btwn k and /r)

At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

The system should boot back into Windows.

If that doesn't work follow the above steps again but after you type the Administrator password ...

At the command prompt, type fixmbr and continue the next two steps.

THIS SOLUTION IS ONLY FOR A DAMAGED FILE SYSTEM.

If you get up and running you'll need to click START....RUN....then type cmd into box and hit enter.

Once your command prompt opens type sfc/scannow and press enter. The XP CD needs to be

inserted into your optical drive (CD DRIVE).

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    Nate Phillips Jan 11, 2009

    You have to anticipate the power on self test if it's not asking : press any key to boot from cd.

    Press DEL to get into your basic input output settings soon as your system starts. Press the key continuously until the BIOS Settings screen appears. Scroll to your boot menu and choose your cd rom as your first item in boot sequence. Scroll to exit and choose save settings then press enter.


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You must remove all usb devices and any hadware you have recently installed if this problem still occures you will need to reinstall windows xp

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  • Travis Foreman Jan 11, 2009

    insert the windows xp cd restart the pc then keep pressinr f9 untill you see a menu asking to select what to boot from then select the cd rom then press any key to boot from cd when the setup is started you will see files loadind at the bottom of the screen when the files have finished loading you will see windows setup screen press enter to install windows xp then you will have to press f8 to agree then you will see options asking you what to do select repair and the setup will start

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