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K. Prophett

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I have a laptop and it has Windows XP on it. So this morning I moved the mouse around to wake it up and it wouldnt do anything so I unplugged it and started it over. Initially it worked normally then a screen came up saying that windows couldnt start up unexpectedly due to hardware or software changes. It gives me several different options to choose such as Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safemode with Command Prompt, and etc. But the last one says or at least something similar "Last known good configuration"(i think). I chose every option and Windows acts as if its loading then there is a flash of a blue screen and it goes right back to the list of options. So what am I to do?
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Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP

If no change

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to boot the PC and keep tapping the delete key until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need the XP product key to complete this

If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

XP Repair Install

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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