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Boot up does not complete all the way

I may have a corrupted file somewhere and all of a sudden I can't get my PC to boot up all the through the process. I have tried the F8 key selecting either the safe mode or not and still no difference. After the Bars run across the bottom of the screen, as per a regular boot up process, all of a sudden a black screen appears as apposed to the final opening log in page. The only way to get out of that loop scenario, is to hit the little re-boot button or shut the computer down all the way... (Cold Boot I think it is called).

Anyone with any thoughts would be an greatly appreciated gesture. I am using a second backup PC in the network I have st up at home.

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  • sssjungle Jul 31, 2008

    Thanks for the advice friends but I have a little dilema I can't get past. Also know that I am a novice at the tech stuff...

    These are the only steps that I seem to visualize at this point.

    1) The choose an operating system selection page

    2) It seems that only the F8 key operates here as far as direction goes.

    3) Now I'm at the Windows Advanced Option Menu. I have tried all the options here. I end up on a black screen with a Microsoft service pack type of sentence on the top of the page and safe mode writen at the four corners.

    4) I have tried to feed the my original microsoft operating disc but the system is not far along in the boot up to recognize it yet...

    Does this make any sence to you at all.


  • sssjungle Jul 31, 2008

    I do have an external bootable hardrive with 90% of all my files as well as the operating system and all programs as well. I can connect to the USB on the second computer and all does come up well. If that is any help. Also note that at the choose an operating system page on the malfunctioning computor , I do have a selection of choosing windows XP or The external bootable Hardrive as well. These both come up with the same bad boot problem from the original computer.


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Can run BartPE that allows you to boot into XP on CD and fix the problem or replace missing files. This process does not always work right. The best bet is to get another HDD (hard drive) connect it where the original one was. Then install a fresh copy of XP on it. Then migrate the data you want off the older HDD. But making it a slave. The orginal one is called Master but there is also CS cable select more of automatic process.

If you don't want to replace the HDD you can still run the BartPE but the system you have there is unstable as you can't even get into the Safe Mode. If you could get into the safe mode I can tell you all you had to do is backup favorites, desktop, history, cookies and web links, then delete the profile or user name. That would create a new profile for that user under XP.

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Unfortunately, you may have downloaded a virus and it has attacked you common startup files for windows. Now the good news.(or bad at the same time). The only solution is to make a startup (A:) floppy disk from the computer you are using now. Then use the start up disk to get to your C: prompt where you will have to format your hard drive(C:) and loose all the info including the virus on the hard drive. You will then be able to restart and install a fresh copy of windows. Yes you will have to install all your other programs and drivers again also. Hope you had a backup of your files! Good LUCK.

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Try to repair your OS using the OS disc,boot to the cd by restarting computer,press F12,choose cd/dvd rom,press any key to boot,On the setup page,press enter to setup windows,F8 for i agree,choose repair..,it would take 30-45 mins to complete the process of repairing your windows

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