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Laptop won't startup HELLP!!!!!!!

I think i deleted too much off my laptop because it won't boot up anymore it comes up with invalid system i put in the windows 98 startup disk and it loads and comes up with start with cd-roim support start without it...etc so i put in stat without cd-rom support and it comes up with all loaded n stuff and then says type help ad press enter A:\ so i do and it comes up with the help and i read it and it says if it comes up with invalid system disk restart and type in A:\sys h or something and says required parameter missing..anyway point is computer will not start not in safe mode or anythin HELP!!!!!!!

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Re: laptop won't startup HELLP!!!!!!!

Check your HDD on connecting it to other pc. Backup your data

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Re: laptop won't startup HELLP!!!!!!!

What is the configuration of your laptop - i can't tell you the solution without knowing that

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Invalid boot.ini when starting PC

The boot file is misplaced in your PC. to solve the problem boot it from an OS installation disk. then when you get the phase of installing there will be an option called "repair your computer". click on it and follow the instructions..(takes under 5 minutes) also use startup check to remove common errors..i can give you an accurate description if you post the correct OS i can give more accurate steps.

Apr 05, 2014 | Microsoft XP Operating Systems


Windows startup does not complete.

If The BIOS is showing initial splash screen, and completing POST test correctly, but Windows Startup does not complete, and you are in one of the following situations:

  • You get a black screen with a cursor blinking.
  • You get a black screen with test or command prompt.
  • You have a blue screen with a warning message.
  • Windows keep restarting.
  • Windows is freezing.

Any of the condition described must occur before getting to login screen or to Windows desktop, or the problem is other than the one described here.

If you get a message saying Operative system not found you may also be in same situation. Only in that case the disk may also be physically damaged, and you may have lost your data, or disk may need replacement.

The conditions above usually tell us that the Windows system files needed for Startup are corrupted.
Windows cannot load the files anymore and will hang on with the cursor blinking.
When this happens you need to reinstall the operative system.

To start you can try loading the system in safe mode, by pressing F8 on Startup.

If the computer is starting in safe mode, try doing a system restore to a recent date before the problem started. This will be faster than installing a fresh system, and most of your settings will be preserved.

You may find out that when the system does not load, most computer will not even start in safe mode.

Check also that there is no CD, DVD or floppy inside the computer, also disconnect any connected USB device, apart mouse and keyboard, and attempt starting the computer again.

If all that does not work, then you will need to reinstall Windows.

Installing Windows is not a complicate operation, all you need is the computer recovery disk, or a Windows install disk valid for the licence number printed on the Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity sticker.

If you use a recovery disk, remember to choose partial recovery, so that the original data contained in the hard disk won't be deleted.

Using Windows generic disk you will need to choose Update Recovery if asked, install the system on top of the same directory (eg: C:Windows), and you will also need to choose Leave System File Intact, when asked by Windows setup.
Using a Windows generic disk you may also need to install additional drivers, that usually are available for download from the manufacturer website.
Even choosing a partial recovery , or an update install, some of the installed software may be affected, and may need a fresh setup.
Another way to proceed is installing a copy of windows into a different folder (eg. C:/Windows000), and choosing to leave system file untouched.
This will reinstall system files hosted in root folder, and sometimes may bring back to life the old system.
In that case you will be asked what system to start from Windows boot manager on Startup, your old system will be the second one.

Using this method is better to remove the new installation Startup from boot manager after installing and testing that the old system is back at work. This is done editing the system hidden file Startup.Ini, hosted in root folder. The file is a text file.

If you have important data inside the hard disk, it is always advisable to copy all data onto an external media. Even if the procedures described normally do not delete your data, when doing maintenance on a computer there is always the chance to loose data.
If the computer is not starting because of a system problem, the data can only be recovered using a boot disk, or physically removing the hard disk drive from computer, and connecting it to a different computer (an external enclosure may help).

This same instructions broadly apply to all recent Windows operative system, Windows seven setup is slightly different from the procedure described here.

on Dec 11, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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How to delete one of two windows xp in my desktop. when my desktop boot, you have two windows xp choices

Edit the Boot.ini File loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); To view and edit the Boot.ini file:
  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. -or- Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
  3. Under System Startup, click Edit.
This open a notepad windows with the options you see when your desktop boots.
Erase the line you want to eliminate.

This is an example that what you'll see:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect Good Luck. Remember to rate my answer, thanks.

Jul 14, 2011 | Operating Systems

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Hello Fixya! please help me on how to change ibm pentium 4 startup device. i want to change cd-rom to boot first. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Simeon

You need to tap the key to enter the BIOS/CMOS, usually it is the Delete key.

So you turn on your computer then tap the Delete key until the BIOS/CMOS screen comes up. Then navigate to Boot Disk Priority and use the + and - Keys to change it to CD-ROM as 1st boot device.
Then save and exit set-up.

Take care!

Jun 04, 2011 | Operating Systems

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My laptop won't start and says "NLTDR is missing" press control alt delete to restart... why is that?

Windows is corrupt...
Sol = Reload Windows XP

you will need an original WinXP disk....insert the disk in the CD drive and restart...let it boot from the CD (to make changes to boot sequence make changes in BIOS)
once it boots from CD then repair you OS or install a fresh copy of the OS

May 29, 2011 | Operating Systems

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I want to format my laptop but, when I power up my laptop it directly goes to windows xp screen, please support me

If you dont know how...this is the last thing you should be doing
assuming that you realize formatting you had disk will result in a laptop without an OS (ie windows) just an error saying "invalid system disk"
go to dos by typing CMD into the run command
diskpart [enter] select disk 0 [enter] select partition 1 [enter] format [enter]

Mar 28, 2011 | Operating Systems

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I installed Windows XP a second time on my hard drive hence I now have a menu on boot up where I select which operating system I wish to use. I have since delted the second install of XP but the menu...

If you just formatted the partition with the second XP installation on there, it should remove the boot menu where you choose which installation to go to.
Here are a few options for you to choose from.
  • Option One: Open Start-Run and enter msconfig Click the tab "BOOT.INI" The contents of the boot.ini file are shown and a number of configuration settings are available. Under Operating systems, delete the one you don't want. Be careful not to delete the wrong one.
  • Option Two: Right-click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties" from the context menu. The System Properties dialog box will open. In the section "Startup and Recovery" click the button "Settings". To delete the unwanted operating system from the boot display menu, use the "Edit" button on the right of the entry.
  • Option Three: If the OS is Windows XP Professional, it has a command line utility for manipulating boot.ini called bootcfg.exe.
    Click start, type CMD, click OK and you are presented with the command prompt. Type bootcfg /? It will list the description and parameter list. Once again, you can delete the unwanted OS.
  • Option Four: Boot to the XP install disk and open up the command prompt utility of the disk. Enter "fixmbr" and press enter. Restart the computer and remove the disk.

Mar 05, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition English...

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My daughter (aged 12) has loaded a copy of Vista (which were discs from a computer her grandmother no longer owns and has been scrapped) onto her laptop which had Windows XP installed. She does not have a...


If she did not format the hard disk, then the Windows XP startup option will be present in boot option. When computer startup you will get a choice like this:

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition.
2 Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

In that case you can restore XP, starting on XP and editing the file winboot.ini, that is an hidden system file located on C:/ drive.

See:How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP.

If instead Windows XP does not start, or if you do not get the boot option, that means that Windows XP system file had been deleted.

In that case the only way to get back Windows XP is reinstalling the system from scrap, using a Windows XP install disk, and the number listed on the licence sticker.


Oct 23, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Hello sir i have a new laptop this laptop i have vista home but i want to format it an do re partion.who can i do that. plz told me


May 07, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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BOOT.INI deleted. How to re-create this file?

That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
At the command prompt, type: bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID# Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

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Dec 28, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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