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alright so heres the problem. i turn on my computer and the first screen that pops up comes up fine and passes. (its the one were you can press del or whatever to go to setup.) then it goes to the next screen which is the hardware diagnostic thing and it usually just blazes by that one. But now it displays a command line or line or whatever that says "comparing dmi data pool" or calculating dmi data pool. and it just stays there. Ive let it sit for like an hour and still nothing happens. i have no idea what to do cuase i cant even boot into safe mode so please someone help me figure out how to get past this. I just have so many filles on the drive that i really really need. So even if there is a way to backup these files and then start windows over that would work too. Preferably id just like to get everything back to normal. Thanks
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Whichever option you go with, do not disturb either while they are running

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Start the System Restore Utility 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:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

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 see a description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XPthe article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 315222


If no change

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) 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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