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IE7 Beta 3, XP Windows is starting up, HELP!


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Help, I did a search online for this problem, but came up with very little. I unstalled IE 7 beta 1 or 2 not sure, which and then installed beta 3. I don't think the install was complete! Upon rebooting it hangs in "Windows is starting up", I tried to boot in safe mode and it does the same thing. Something is amiss. I have had to reinstall before when something like this happens. The problem is that it's a Gateway laptop that a friend sent me and he upgraded to XP, but he didn't give me the install CD. I would rather do a clean install, but I have data that is not backed up. I don't know what to do. I have the Gateway system restore CDs but I can't access, the hard drive with them. It doesn't look like there is any fast solution except to do a system reinstall?

Thanks for any help or advice. :whistling:
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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 315222 to see a description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP

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I can't bootup in Safe Mode, it does the same thing, just hangs in windows is starting up!
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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 your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


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

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


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

Microsoft Update
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