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I was in the middle of a system restore in windows xp and accidently turned the power off. Now all I get when I try to boot my computer is the windows failed to shut down last time screen and to make matters worse my CD drive will not work.

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  • young64 Nov 12, 2009

    Pressing theF8 key gets me to the startup screen but when I select safe mode and press enter i get a message saying windows failed to start etc

  • young64 Nov 13, 2009

    I tried what you said but it did not work. I have also tried down loading a boot disk from microsoft on six floppythis gets me in to windows recover but that is as far as I can get as my cd drive will not work.

  • young64 Nov 13, 2009

    I pressed theoff button whilst doing a system restore because my cd/dvd drive will not work.Now windows will not start and no matter what i try Iget to a screen that says windows could not be started and ask me to choose a different boot. None of them work. I can boot the machine using six floppies but when I get to the set up screen and press enter I am back to could notbe loaded screen

  • young64 Nov 13, 2009

    Yes I do but I cant get the cd drive to work

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Hi,

Boot the machine into safe mode by restarting the computer and repeatedly press the F8 key as it starts. This should bring up a sub menu with safe mode at the top. Use the cursor keys to highlight safe mode and press enter.
You will see white boot information scroll up the screen, be patient and wait for it to load up.
Click on your account and log in. You may get a message that system restore failed, but if you don't you will see a message about starting system restore. You don't want to use system restore so click on yes to work in safe mode.

Give the machine a minute or two to see if you get a message about system restore failing. If you don't its ok, you perform another system restore from safe mode.


Please post back if you need anymore advice.

Good luck.


Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 12, 2009

    Hi,

    Restart the machine and hit F8 again, this time choose "Last know good configuration"

    let me know what happens.


    Good luck.


  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 13, 2009

    Hi,

    It sounds to me like the System 32 folder in the Windows directory has become completely corrupt.

    The only way to repair it now is use your XP setup disk. Do you have an XP setup disk?


  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 13, 2009

    Take the drive out of the machine and boot it up. Turn the laptop back off and then reinsert the drive again. Turn the laptop on and enter the BIOS. Set the BIOS to defaults, save the changes and exit the BIOS.
    When the laptop boots go into the BIOS again and set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device. Save the changes again and exit the BIOS (make sure the XP disk is in the drive).

    Hopefully when the laptop restarts it will detect the CD/DVD and start to load setup.

    If the drive still does not work then you will need an external CD/DVD drive to install XP, or you can get a replacement drive for that model laptop.


  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 13, 2009

    When you get the drive working. Start the setup let it get to the point where you have to press F8 to agree to the license.

    After that screen select "repair" (NOT THE RECOVERY CONSOLE).

    The install process will only write to the Windows folder so any pictures, docs etc that you have saved in the documents folder will be safe and won't be deleted.


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