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My dell c400 will not boot windows. it tries then goes to the screen to ask to boot in safe mode. will not boot in safe mode. run diagnostics and it passes everything. any ideas

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  • Tracy Cannon Jun 05, 2010

    My c400 does not have a disk or cd drive and i do not have a docking station.

  • Tracy Cannon Jun 05, 2010

    My c400 does not have a disket or a cd/dvd drive. I also do not have a docking station

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If you have windows xp with system restore enabled you can do system restore manually (for experts only ) or put you installation windows xp cd , boot from it then install windows again overwrite the old one using repaire option

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You need to repair your windows system files.
For that you need windows disk recovery disk.
If you don't have windows disk then buy it from nmearest computer shop.
It is very useful for your computer life.
Insert that disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALT + F2 key to enter in bios .
then go to boot menu and st first boot device as cd.dvd rom then save settings and exit.
Then it boot from disk then follow the procedure and press any key to boot from cd..
Then wait for 5 minutes then you can see scren to choose option choose R for enter in recovery console then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press enter.
Then it fix and recover error on harddrive.
Then restart computer and again boot with disk then this time choose R for repair previous windoiws then it repair old windows then you can get back your windows.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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