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The power went out 3 times with the computer on and now windows won't load. It tries to install, reboots, tries to install, etc. I keep getting the BSoD. Can you help?

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It sounds as if the Windows main EXE file is corrupt. Run CHKDSK from the system disk or if you can't get into it, run your rescue disk and follow the prompts to repair yuor system or if you haven't got one, place your Windows disk in the disk drive and let it boot from the CD, when the option to choose what you want to do appears, select repair or restore system.
That should replace the installation of Windows without formatting your hard drive and losing all of your data.

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For the following discussion I am assuming it is 2000, XP
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2) Is this this the low resolution Windows logo on the black
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C:\
cd \
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.....

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[operating systems]
multi(...)disk(..)rdisk(...)partition(...)\Windows="......"
......

Find the line that points to your windows installation.
The numbers in parenthesis represent the drive and
partition of the Windows installation using the universal
ARC format:

multi = disc controller, usually 0
disk = SCSI disk number, usually 0 for IDE's
rdisk = IDE disk identifier, usually 0 or 1

partition = partition number not including the EXTENDED
partition container.


These numbers, unlike numbers reported by windows tools
are zero based, so they can be inconsistent. The best advice
is to leave them alone, because you could totally lock your
self out of the system by setting them wrong.

Now...

At the end of the line describing the location of your windows,
after the last quotation mark, enter at least one space,
followed by the switch: /SOS

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Save the file, close the editor and reboot the machine in
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causing the problem.

Once you identify the bad driver, go back into the
safe-mode console, and disable the service using
the "sc" command. This gets a little more complicated,
but you can get help by typing "sc /?"

===

If you cannot get into safe mode in any mode,

The next step is to get into Windows using the RECOVERY
console from your windows installation installation disk.

1) Reboot the machine using the hardware reset switch.

2) Repeatedly press the BIOS access key during the memory
test (before and after if need be)

On most computers, this is the DEL key, but it could
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3) Inside the BIOS settings, look for the STARTUP tab,
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4) Make sure that the CD (or DVD) drive is first in line,
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This will make sure that the BIOS will not try to boot
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instead.

5) Insert the windows setup disk, and reboot the machine.

6) Let the setup do its thing, enumerate devices, accept the
license ****... etc, until you get a prompt asking you
to chose between REPAIRING or INSTALLING windows.

a) if you have a rescue disk, check Repair and follow
the instructions on the screen.

b) if you don't have a rescue disk the select INSTALL
(don't worry you will get one more chance to stop it)

Windows will do some more grunting, and growling,
then you will get another prompt asking you to chose

i) Install window
ii) Repair windows using the COMMAND CONSOLE.

chose the command console.

7) The setup program will now search your system
for Windows installations. Give it time, then
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an administrator.

You may need the administrator's password if you had
previously created one. If you lost it, try booting it with
an older win 2000 disk, which ignores security.

8) If you got this far, Windows in now running in low level
console mode, from the installation CD.

You can edit the BOOT.INI file as I explained above to
display device drivers as they are loaded, so you can
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9) Once you ID the bad device driver, you can go back into
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At some point you have to decide on the path of least pain,
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Re-installing windows, drivers and apps takes about a day.
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Then there is the applications and personal setting which
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I find that the best way to keep windows running is to partition
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1) Windows partition (running)
2) Swap file partition to reduce fragmentation
3) Application partition for programs
4) User Partition for your personal files
5) Spare windows installation for getting in to fix the other
windows (Don't you wish you had one now)

6) Windows and application drive backup parititions at
the end of the disk, which you keep hidden just in
case.

I know of 3 partitioning programs that allow you to manage,
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without damaging the files they contain.

Partition Magic, originally by Power Quest, which was bought
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but Symantech has not updated it for larger hard drives and
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Acronis tools from Germany is now very good

Paragon also make a program I have not testes.


Hope this gets you started.

Martin

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