Windows will not start up
Posted 02 April 2006 - 04:36 PM
Posted 02 April 2006 - 04:45 PM
Can you boot to Safe Mode with Command Prompt?
Restart your computer, and then press F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in "Safe Mode with a command prompt".
Type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe at the command prompt, and then press "Enter"...Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.
Let us know how you fare...
Posted 02 April 2006 - 05:18 PM
then it clicks off and begins again to try starting windows.
Posted 02 April 2006 - 05:44 PM
Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:22 PM
Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:21 PM
Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:30 PM
Put the Operating System one in the cd-rom drive and restart. What we want to look for first is the option to Repair XP. It's not always available on OEM cd's, so we'll just have to check. Take a look at the guide at the link I provided and see if youare able to access the repair feature.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:51 PM
Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:57 PM
Go ahead and select that option. If it's the repair funtion we want you will get the screens like the ones in the guide and it will look just like an installation. If it goes to a command prompt, it's recovery console. If you actually accessed the repair, go ahead and complete it. You will be asked for your product key...it should be on a sticker on your machine (side or back on a desktop...bottom of a laptop) and will be a 25 character alpha-numeric code.
Go for it!
Posted 06 April 2006 - 12:11 AM
Only option is: 1: C:\WINNT
So I selected 1 and pressed enter then it is asking me for an administrator password?
I tried typing in my password that I use to log onto my computer and nothing. After the third try the screen will tell me to type any key to restart computer. I tried about four times trying different variations on my password and even older passwords that I may have had in the past and still nothing. I don't know what else to do. Please help. It's late so if you respond I will answer tomorrow thanks for your time.
Posted 06 April 2006 - 12:14 AM
Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:00 AM
Try leaving the password blank (just press "Enter" at the password prompt). However, if you are being asked for the passsword, this is probably Recovery Console. If you do end up at a command prompt (C:\Windows>), type chkdsk /r, and press "Enter". Then it will ask if you want to run this on the next boot...type Y and press "Enter". Reboot. This is a pretty long check...be patient. Once complete, let it try to boot to Windows (don't press a key at the "boot from cd" prompt).
If your neighbor's XP cd is the same version (SP1 or SP2) that you have on your machine and is not OEM, then yes, you can use it to do the repair...you will need to use your product key, though. Follow the repair guide closely.
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