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Computer won't boot

I have a Windows XP computer, and it won't boot up. When I restart it, it gives me a list of options, one of them being highlighted that says "Start Windows Normally." Because it's highlighted, I chose that option, and now the computer won't boot up. It gets to the windows XP loading logo, then it just shuts off and kicks back to that screen. What do I need to do to solve this issue?

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You may need to re install the s/w from a recovery cd, or go to safe mode(F8) to do a virus scan..

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Safe mode on a computer


When you start the PC, as soon as it hums up start hitting F8 button. The black window with a bunch of safe mode options will show up, select the one you need.

Aug 27, 2014 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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How To Repair Your Operating System


A Repair Install will replace the system files with the files on the XP CD used for the Repair Install. It will leave your applications and settings intact, but Windows updates will need to be reapplied. Here is how to run an OS Repair using the Operating System CD in XP, Vista, or 7:


Windows XP

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below:

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3. Press ENTER to start the Windows Setup.
4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.


Windows Vista

If you have a Windows Vista installation disc, you need to restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc. If you do not restart your computer from the disc, the option to repair your computer will not appear.

Here is a step by step picture guide.

If you have a Windows Vista installation disc:

1. Insert the installation disc.
2. Restart your computer.
3. Click the Start button, click the arrow next to the Lock button, and then click Restart.
4. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.


Windows 7

1. If a startup problem is detected, Startup Repair will start automatically and try to fix the problem.
2. If the problem is severe enough that Startup Repair doesn't start on its own and you can't access the System Recovery Options menu on your computer's hard disk, you can get to the menu and start Startup Repair by using the Windows installation disc or a system repair disc that you created earlier.

on Jul 13, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to boot up in safe mode from Windows XP


Showing the steps to boot up in safe mode from Windows XP.
If Windows XP is the only operating system installed on your computer, booting into Safe Mode with these instructions.
1.If the computer is running, shut down Windows, and then turn off the power.
2.Wait 30 seconds, and then turn the computer on.
3.Start tapping the F8 key. The Windows Advanced Options Menu appears. If you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. 4.To resolve this, restart the computer and try again.
5.Ensure that the Safe mode option is selected.
6.Press Enter. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode.
7.When you are finished with all troubleshooting, close all programs and restart the computer as you normally would.
To use the System Configuration Utility method
1.Close all open programs.
2.Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG in the box and click OK
3.The System Configuration Utility appears, On the BOOT.INI tab, Check the "/SAFEBOOT" option, and then click OK and Restart your computer when prompted.
4.The computer restarts in Safe mode.
5.Perform the troubleshooting steps for which you are using Safe Mode.
6.When you are finished with troubleshooting in Safe mode, open MSCONFIG again, on the BOOT.INI tab, uncheck "/SAFEBOOT" and click OK to restart your computer.
Select your steps to boot up into safe mode to your Windows XP System.
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on Apr 16, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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HOW CAN I FIX THIS.WHEN I TURN IT ON IT SAYS STARTING WINDOWS AND THEN IT JUST GOES BLACK I.ALL YOU CAN SEE IS THE CURSOR.


If your computer boots to a black screen when using Windows 7 you can always try to recover a working system by using your Operating system disc!

1. Boot from the Windows 7 operating system disc. If your computer is not set to boot from cdrom first then you need to be able to enter the BIOS to change your boot options.

2. Choose your language from the list.

3. Choose the Repair your computer option on the install now section.

4. Choose the System restore option.

5. Choose a restore point. If you have installed a program today that caused a problem choose a restore point prior to that?

6. Let it take you back to when you didn\'t have a problem.

These instructions above will work for Windows Vista as well.



If you have XP

I am assuming you have your operating system cd. If you do not see the option to repair and you only see an option to set up Windows then this tutorial is not for you.



  1. First you must put your Windows XP CD in the drive.


  2. Then restart your computer.


  3. When it says press any key to boot from cd, Press any key on the keyboard. (Go to step 6)


  4. If it doesn\'t ask you this then restart your computer again.


  5. Go into the BIOS settings of your PC, usually by pressing the F1, F2, F10, or maybe the delete key. If you are not sure watch the screen at startup and it will say "To enter setup press.......". You have to be quick and press it. If you miss it restart again. Once you are in the bios you have to change the boot options. You have to make your cd rom the first boot option. Save and exit.


  6. A blue screen will appear and you are on your way..


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  1. Press Enter to setup Windows XP now. Do not choose to Repair yet.


  2. If there is a copy of Windows XP on your computer setup will find it.


  3. See below where it says C:windows "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" Make sure this is selected. It may say Windows XP home also.


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  1. Now choose to Repair the selected Windows XP installation by pressing the letter R on the keyboard.


  2. Now windows will seem to run through the usual setup process, however a lot quicker. Don\'t panic because it will not wipe your files if you have chosen to repair.


  3. At some point you will have to enter the serial number and restart the computer.


  4. When you login again your files will still be there but the Windows errors you had will not.


Notes:



  • This article relates to an original Windows XP cd. If you use an OEM Version of Xp it may actually format your entire computer and you will loose all of your data.

Aug 13, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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Start my pc on safemode


Windows 2000 and XP users Tip: If you are running Safe Mode because you cannot get into Windows, you may want to first try loading the last known good configuration.
To get into the Windows 2000 and XP Safe mode, as the computer is booting press and hold your "F8 Key" which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode" and press your Enter key.
Note: With some computers, if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.
Trouble Getting into Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe mode - If after several attempts you are unable to get into Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe Mode as the computer is booting into Windows, turn off your computer. When the computer is turned on the next time Windows should notice that the computer did not successfully boot and give you the Safe Mode screen.

Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode
Start Windows Normally
Reboot
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. Once you're done in Safe mode if you want to get back into Normal Windows restart the computer like you normally would and let it boot normally. Click here to get additional information about getting out of Safe mode.
loading the last known good configuration.To get into the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Safe Mode, as the computer is booting press and hold your "F8 Key" which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode" and press your Enter key.
Note: With some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.
Trouble Getting into Safe mode - If after several attempts you are unable to get into Safe Mode as the computer is booting into Windows, turn off your computer. When the computer is turned on the next time Windows should notice that the computer did not successfully boot and give you the Safe Mode screen.

Choose Advanced Options for: Microsoft Windows Vista
Please select an option:
Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable low-resolution video (640x480)
Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)
Directory Services Restore Mode
Debugging Mode
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Disable Driver Signature Enforcement
Start Windows Normally
Description: Start Windows with only the core drivers and services. Use
when you cannot boot after installing a new device or driver. Once you're done in Safe mode if you want to get back into Normal Windows restart the computer like you normally would and let it boot normally.

Aug 13, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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Cannot sign on my computer getting message windows could not start following is missing or corrupt <windows root>\system 32\ ntoskrnt.exe. reinstall a copy i dont have any of the...


If computer does not boot into Windows, turn on the power and press f8 . On the Windows Advanced Boot Option screen, select one or more of the following options. Select them one at a time and press the enter key to attempt a system restart.
  • Disable automatic restart on system failure to view error messages.
  • Repair Your Computer allowsUninstall recently installed software programs Windows to run diagnostic tests.
  • Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced) to return settings to an earlier point in time.
  • Boot into Safe Mode and then Uninstall recently installed software programs . When in the computer is running in the Safe mode, click Start , Control Panel , and select the Uninstall a program option. When the computer is operating again, go to program manufacturer's web site for support information.
In Windows XP Click Start , All Programs , Accessories , System Tools , System Restore . Select a windows restore point from a time when the computer operated properly, and then restart the computer. hpweb_1-2_plus.gifhpweb_1-2_minus.gif In Windows Vista or Windows 7 Click Start, type restore in the search field, and select System Restore from the list. Select a windows restore point from a time when the computer operated properly, and then restart the computer. If the computer does not boot into Windows, you can restore the computer settings to an earlier point in time. Turn on the power and press f8 . On the Windows Advanced Boot Option screen, select Safe Mode and boot into Windows.

Nov 11, 2010 | HP Compaq Business Desktop d220 Microtower...

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Windows does not start automaticly it gives options like safe modeboot with the last knows config and start windows automaticly. When I click on any option the machine goes off and when I try to repair...


It may caused by the curreption(deletion) of important system files,
You can format and reinstall xp .
Restart computer when booting goes on press F5 Or DEL key to goto bios setup menu change boot order to first cd drive then hdd
PressF10 and press Y and enter.
computer will restart
Insert Xp cd.
Press enter to boot from cd
Follow the instructions
Then your problem will solve.

Jul 18, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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When i turn my computer on, it ask me to pick xp home edition or it will pick the first one on the list. I wan to know why it is doing this


This will occurs when the Computer did not shut down properly or restart automatically or a dual Operating System installed in the Computer.

To resolve this:

1. Click on Start -> Control Panel -> System.

Or, Click on Start, right click on the My Computer option and select the option Properties.

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2. In the System Properties option click on Advance tab.

3. In the Advance, click on Setting option under Startup and Recovery option.

4. Under Startup and Recovery option un-check the boxes:

a. Time to display list of Operating Systems.
b. Time to display list of Recovery options when needed.

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5. Then, Click OK, then Apply and OK in the System Properties window.

6. Restart the Computer.

This should resolve the issue.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 29, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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The system is getting restart continously,while booting


  • 1. Got to your Start menu and select “Run” option.
  • 2. Type in msconfig command and click OK. The System Configuration Utility program will then open.
  • 3. Select the BOOT.INI tab located at the top of the System Configuration Utility window.
  • 4. UNCheck the box labeled /SAFEBOOT and click OK.
  • 5. When asked if you prefer to restart the PC immediately, or Exit Without Restart, choose to restart the computer manually.
  • 6. Your computer will automatically boot into Windows XP Normal Mode when you will restart it.

Dec 16, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Have a Dell laptop, about 4 years old, try to start it up, goes to the Windows XP Pro screen then to a blue screen stating that the computer must be started in one of the startup options listed, however...


In those list of options is an option like
"Disable automatic restart on system failure"

Select that and then boot the laptop .. it should reboot and stop at an error screen

Let me know what it says

Dec 06, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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