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Re: xp home will not boot
it sounds to me like there are errors on your hard drive and to fix this problem you are going have to go to bios set the boot device for cdrom and put in the operating system disk it willl scan your harddrive first to see if there are any errors on it and then it will begin to copy the files that are needed and then once alll that is done it will restart your computer but if you have any floppy disks in you will have to take it out and then it will restart it will begin to scan what network devices are on your computer this will take awhile .. once everything is done like your browsing services,control panel,etc you should be finished at this point but you might have to setup your ethernet adapter
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If you are using Windows XP then you may have the /safeboot set in the boot.ini file which will force XP to always boot into Safe Mode. When the system has started, click on Start then Run and type MSCONFIG as the command to run. Open the Boot.ini page tab and make sure that the /SAFEBOOT option is not selected in the Boot options section of the page. Save the change and restart Windows and it should start normally.
if you cant get online on your pc you're gonna need to go to someone else's and download a windows boot disk from the ms website then boot your pc from that, choose recovery console then repair boot partition.
Ughh, I always hated that safe mode. BUT, you should be able to use your login from there. You stated that none of the options work. Same has happened to me. Somehow your operating system became corrupt it sounds.Can you even boot into the very first OS that existed? Get into the BIOS? From there you should be able to "restore settings/config" Try that. What do you mean you downloaded the system? Is it a cracked copy? O-o That could be the problem as it has already detected that it is cracked, as in not a legit copy. Some keygens do not even work. You may have to do a fresh install, and in the meantime, think about buying a legit copy. Because of legalities here Im sure, I cant go into that much further :-P
The reason you cant get past the restart is because by selecting safeboot on the boot.ini tab, you have now set your computer to boot straight into safe mode (even though you knew your computer couldnt boot to safe mode) :)
Were you having trouble before? Why were you trying to get into safe mode in the first place? it may help with the solution. Were you getting shutdowns or blue screens? Ram problems can cause all sorts of issues.
Do you have your windows cd? If you do then follow the instructions on the link below to replace your boot.ini. file
Let me know how you get on with that and we will go from there :) (just edit your original post with added detail) Please rate our solutions and if you still have problems please call back for more ideas to help you
Thanks Richard Scott Technical Support New Zealand
try rebooting in "safe mode", by holding 'F8' as soon as you start your system, until the black screen with several boot options shows up. Select "safe mode with Networking". If you can boot it up and see your icons again, try a "system restore" to a time when it worked properly -maybe a few days ago? To do a system restore: "Start" "Programs" "accessories" "System tools" "System Restore" "Restore my computer to an earlier time"
You can also force the system into safe mode. You click on startup and type in msconfig. Click the general tab and select diags and the system will reboot to safe mode. Change it back to normal to get your system out of safe mode.
If the system cannot start on safe mode probably your operating system has gone bad, to check your hard disk you can go use your windows xp disk, to boot from it press f12 choose cd rom keep on tapping enter and dont mind the message that you need to press any key to boot from cd, and then when you are on the welcome to setup page press r for recovery console, once you are there try to type in chkdsk /p and after type in fixboot and press y, and restart your system, if that wont work then your hard drive is bad.
Well hate to give you the bad news but it sounds like your hard drive as died. The error code you mentioned (0X000000ED) designates file system damage. (Referenced here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185). Your best solution would be to replace the hard drive in a repair shop.
Yuk...sounds maybe like a virus. When you start your computer, you may be able to hold down F9 or another similar key to enter into a start up mode. Then perhaps you can boot the computer in safe mode or something to at least get into windows. Theres not much you can do if you cant even get into your operating system...may have to have a tech look at it.