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Windows XP operating system does not load.

Hi,

I am having a problem with loading of operating system (widows xp). I get a prompt that as previously your system was not shut down properly, you need to start in either safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, or last best known configuration, or start windows normally.

But the problem is when I select any one of these, even safe mode, the operating system does not load and again I get the same message (you need to start in either safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, or last best known configuration, or start windows normally). I have tried many times doing this, can you help. Hope, u have understood the problem and if you have answer do inform me thanks in advance

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    mike kirschbaum May 09, 2009

    I've seen this before, would like to know the fix.

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You need to repair your windows xp installation.
Insert the xp install cd and power off - then power on your pc.
If the screen says "press any key to boot from cd" then do that.
It takes a while until you get to choose options.
Choose the repair previous installation option by pressing the R key when prompted.
Follow the instructions on the screen and you should be fine.

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This problem is simple in its complexity. something has gone seriously wrong in the operating systems registry that is not allowing it to boot. this could be a glitch or the doing of a virus. my advice is if your handy enough with computers to get a windows disk and run the repair sequence hopefully this will give you atleased a one time boot so you can get your files off of the computer. then have the disk format and install a new operating system. drivers for your system are available on the manufacturer site and they can guide you through how to decide which ones you need and which ones you dont. if you need more help you can email me and ill give you a hand mechanic300008@aim.com

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Try to boot with WinXp CD and select Recovery Console option.
Type the administrator password and you get the command promt .
Change the drive to root partion.

Execute this command:

Chkdsk /p

This will take time.

Please exit when it finishes.

Reboot the system, whether it works or or?

Posted on May 09, 2009

  • Kumarl May 09, 2009

    Try to boot with WinXp CD and select Recovery Console option.
    Type the administrator password and you get the command promt .
    Change the drive to root partion.

    Execute this command:

    Chkdsk /p

    This will take time.

    Please exit when it finishes.

    Reboot the system, Check whether it works or or?



    If not try the same steps with "Chkdsk /p /r"




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