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Windows xp wont start

When i turn it on it gives message windows might not of been shut down right & gives 3 options to try but it didnt work what now??

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  • wilshepard Jun 27, 2008

    nothing happens when i try that so now what should do?

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Boots up but goes to the xp screen and then shuts down and restarts. what do i do?


You will need your XP CD to run a Repair install.

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 need to press enter to setup Windows XP.
3. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install, press ENTER. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
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. After the reboot read the fix at the end of this post.
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.


If you don't have an option to repair, try this:

1. Boot with XP CD.
2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.
3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed.
4. Type bootcfg
5. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP installation.
6. Try the repair install again.

If the Repair is still not an option, try the following:

1. Boot with XP CD.
2. Press R to load the Recovery Console.
3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed.
4. If the CD letter is K: give these commands

* copy K:\i386\ntldr C:\
* copy K:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\

While still in the Recovery Console, try this as well:

1. Type: attrib -h -r -s C:\boot.ini del C:\boot.ini
2. Type: BootCfg /Rebuild
3. Now Restart and try the Repair Install again.

Feb 23, 2011 | Gateway 704GE PC Desktop

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Hi, just yesterday my HP Pavilion ze5500 laptop was running smoothly until my laptop automatically updated my computer without my permission. 1.So I accepted the udate then slowly I started to see a...


Hi,
This really does need looking at by a technician, and its hard to work out the exact cause from what you say, the fact it happened after the windows update restart may just be coincidence.
I'd first try videoing the laptop screen while it starts up, so you can try to pause on the message to read what it says.
otherwise you'll have to go through the normal diagnostics to see what part has gone wrong, whether it be the hard drive, the memory, or the motherboard.
Firstly let me say that some warrenties will be void if you open the equipment up, so be careful if it is in warrenty then go through them first.
With no beep codes to diagnose from, I'd say everything points to a motherboard issue. But before we go with that as the issue you must ensure its not a memory or hard drive issue.
First you must always make sure its off with the battery out before you touch any components such as memory or hard drives.
Take all the memory out of the laptop (under one of the plastic covers on the bottom) and then try turning it on, if you get beeps now then you know it has faulty memory. If you have more than one stick of memory then try with one then the other and in different slots.
Also try booting without the hard drive in, see what happens then.
Finally if after all this you realise it is a motherboard issue then you'll need specialist help to fix it. Use a company that charges fairly (should be around £55+vat for a simple motherboard issue) and also ensure they operate on a no-fix no-fee and give you 3 months warranty.
If you don't want to carry out these steps then use a reputable technician, like us at MCSLondon:), and they should be able to sort it our for you fairly.

Oct 29, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Windows XP on my E-Machine T5048 will not start. I get the message and it retry "start windows normally" but it keeps coming back to same message


please try hitting F8 during startup and choose emergency mode to see is it driver fault. if it is system will boot up into emergency mode. if not then most likely system is damageed

Dec 06, 2009 | E-Machines T5048 (7136) PC Desktop

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I just bought a sony VIAIO today and dont knoiw hoiw to shut it down


1. Normal shutdown: select Start - Shut Down - Shut Down

2. System hangs: select Alt-Ctrl-Del and then Shutdown

3. If #2 doesn't work - hold the power button until the screen is dark

Hope this helps.

Aug 17, 2009 | Sony VIAO P4 PCV-RS712 3.0GHz 512MB 200GB...

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When I shut down my computer, I think that it is shutting down completly. All lights are off indicating that it is shut down. Then a small blue window will appear and will say "Entering Power Safe Mode"....


If you are turning off your computer by pressing the front panel power button, it is probably just putting Windows to sleep but not shutting the computer off. If your computer has Windows Vista, the default is to hibernate and not shut down even if you shut down through Vista. The "power save" message you see is coming from the monitor, which is letting you know it isn't getting a signal from the computer anymore but the power is still on. Windows will start up again from sleep mode if someone or something moves the mouse or presses a key.

The solution is to make sure the computer is actually shut down. In Vista you can do this by clicking the arrow near the power icon on the Start menu. This gives you the option of shutting down instead of hibernating. In XP, shut the computer down using the start menu shutdown option instead of the computer power button. Then the power will shut down completely.

Jun 21, 2009 | HP Pavilion a810n (PP164AA) PC Desktop

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My laptop won't shut down properly!


Is it possible that you have changed the settings of what buttons do what on your system? E.g. you could have changed the power button to "switch user" instead of "shut down", to check this (in XP) go to "Power Options" (in Control Panel" and then click on the "Advanced tab" at the top, then select "Shut down" from the drop down menu at the bottom of the window.

If this is already set to shut down then maybe you could do a system restore in case another setting has been changed, restore it to before the PC started doing this.

Alternatively try actually choosing "Turn off Computer" from the Log On screen (press Ctrl + L to get to this screen, or choose switch user/log off). If you are using Vista I beleive that there is a shut-down option from the Log In Page there (which again you can access by pressing Ctrl + L on the keyboard.

Hope this helps!

Dec 29, 2008 | PC Desktops

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On shutting down my laptop it gave the message, "installing 1 of 1" do not turn off your computer. It did not turn off all night. I turned it off by using the on/off button then shut it down...


When you start your laptop, press F8. You will get a menu (Normal boot, Reboot...). Choose Last good known configuration (something like that).

Aug 20, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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Wont start windows


hi there, yes you need to back up data and the drivers for that, a clean installation of software is recomended. ty

Dec 29, 2007 | Gateway 7310S PC Desktop

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