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  • tc2360623 Jun 18, 2008

    i don't have a recovery disk. it didn't come with my computer.

  • tc2360623 Jun 19, 2008

    i tried that last night and it still is not working.. it gave me some error message like fatal system error. i think i am just going to have it looked at.


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Have you tried pressing F8 as it is booting and choose last known good configuration.

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You will have to obtain a Windows Xp home edition cd. Boot to it and then select recovery console. Log into the c drive when it asks. Then enter the administrator password (if no password, just press enter). Then when you get the c:\windows prompt, type: chkdsk c: /r and press enter. This process will take about 15mins to 30 mins. When finished, type exit and then ctrl+alt+del to restart the computer. If the problem was a corrupt filesystem, then this should fix it. If it doesn't fix it, then it might be a faulty onboard device.

In any case, let me know how it goes.


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Have you tried starting it with a XP recovery disk??

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Hi nadeem_1085,

It sounds like you have some or the files used to start up your computer are corrupted.

The following procedure is not for beginners. If you are unsure about your ability to complete this task then bring it to a professional who can.

You are going to need your Windows CD to attempt this procedure.

First insert the windows XP or Vista Disk. Start up the computer. The computer should ask if you want to boot from the CD/DVD.

*Skip to the next paragraph if it says boot from CD/DVD.
If it does not then restart the PC and press F2 (or possibly another button. It should say press a button to enter setup on the first screen when the computer starts). Next there should be an option for boot. In the boot menu you should move your CD drive higher on the list than your Hard drive. Sometimes it may say press "a button" for boot sequence at startup. Compaq computers do that. Restart and then press enter when the pc asks to boot from the CD/DVD.

The setup should load and then you want to press R for Repair. It should then ask you to choose an installation. Normally there is only one choice. (C:\Windows). press the number beside your copy of windows, usually 1. Then you'll need to type the administrator password from the pc. Unfortunately if you do not know your administrator password you will not be able to continue from here (Remember to try a blank password).

*If you have forgotten your admin password you could download and burn a OPHcrack to a disk and it would find your admin password if you inserted it into the PC at startup just like the windows disc.

Next you should type the following command without the quotes: "chkdsk /r" the disk should check for and try and repair errors. When it completes you should run "fixboot" and "fixmbr" repair the startup process of the computer.

If this does not work and XP still wont start. I would recommend downloading Knoppix and burning it to a CD. It will boot the same as a the windows setup disk and you can recover the files from your hard drive with it. Attach an external drive and right click on the properties of the drive that appears, click on device and uncheck read only. Then double click the drive to mount it. The drives of your old computer should be called something like hda1 and maybe hda2. Open them and copy the data from the drive to the one that appeared when you plugged it in.

After copying the data you can reinstall windows and copy the data back.

I hope this helps you,

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Now you will need to remove Windows XP.
IMPORTANT: for the next step make sure you boot to Windows Vista. Otherwise you could corrupt your computer.
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An error to my microsoft

Try putting the computer into safe mode.

To do this shut the computer down.

As the computer gets ready to start booting up, hold down on the F8 key.

At the menu, move the arrow keys on your keyboard to safe mode and press enter.

Once Windows finishes booting up in safe mode, restart the computer in normal mode.

This can repair the message.

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