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When turning on the computer WindowsXP will not boot and I get a message to start from the last good configuration is highlighted along with 2 other safe mode. I can not even get to the desktop. Please help.

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  • Patty H 6663 Aug 12, 2008

    This was very helpful, but what if you don't have the CD's that came with the computer nor did you create a back -up CD. How would you fix the problem.

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To boot your pc using the windows cd... boot into the recovery console, once at the command prompt type chkdsk /r

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