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Windows xp wont start up on my computer

Windows xp wont start up, i've tried to run a repair with the xp disk but this isnt working. I just want to know if there is a way to remove the files off the hard drive, while it is not working.

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  • charlwayne Jan 19, 2009

    the xp disc won't even boot up it gets to the windows setup screen with windows setup in the top lefthand corner, then just stalls on that screen, we left it run for over half an hour and it went no further.

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Repair the xp system. by using xp cd and run this commands fixboot and fixmbr in dos mode.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • ehsan amin
    ehsan amin Jan 20, 2009

    you need a new xp oprating system cd or change the cdrom or dvdrom, then try it again.

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