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Can't Start XP in any mode


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Gschrammsr

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When trying to start my XP PC, I received a black screen with the text message "A program or file has stopped your PC from loading....." I tried booting in safe mode, command prompt only, etc. It still kicks me back to this same screen and message. Can you assist with any method or tips? I need to save some files and I don't want to reinstall.
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Hi Gschrammsr! Welcome to G2G!

Do you have your windows XP CD? If you do, I want you to put it in and turn on your computer. When you are given the message press any key to boot from cd..., press a key and Windows Setup will start. At the first screen where you have to enter input, hit R to enter the Recovery Console. Then you will have to hit 1 to log into your windows installation and then just hit Enter for the Administrator password because it is normally blank unless you changed it. Once you are at the command prompt C:\WINDOWS I want you to type chkdsk /p /r. This will run a VERY THOROUGH check of both your hard drive and also your windows installation files and replace any that are missing/corrupt.

Once the check is complete, I want you to also do the following:

Do you have your windows XP CD? If you do, I want you to put it in and turn on your computer. When you are given the message press any key to boot from cd..., press a key and Windows Setup will start. At the first screen where you have to enter input, hit R to enter the Recovery Console. Then you will have to hit 1 to log into your windows installation and then just hit Enter for the Administrator password because it is normally blank unless you changed it. Once you are at the command prompt C:\WINDOWS I want you to type each of the following, hitting enter after each line:
  • attrib -s -h -r c:\boot.ini (NOTE: If it says bad command or filename, then you will have to enter each line individually, aka type: attrib -s c:\boot.ini and hit ENTER and then type attrib -h c:\boot.ini and hit ENTER and type attrib -r c:\boot.ini and hit ENTER)
  • del c:\boot.ini
  • bootcfg /rebuild
  • fixboot
Now type Exit and take your XP CD out. Your computer will reboot itself. Post back how things are going.

Fenor

Edited by Fenor, 22 September 2006 - 02:20 PM.

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Thanks Fenor. My XP Disk is an Upgrade from ME. How can I get this to run...?
I did get a command prompt from my ME recovery CD, but the commands say they can not be run from DOS mode.... Thanks for a speedy reply

Jerry
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Fenor, I got the XP to boot. Chkdsk fails with one or more unrecoverable problems... and it stops

Jerry
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Go to the manufacturer of your hard drive and download their diagnostic tool. You will probably have to make a bootable cd/floppy disk to run it.

Fenor

*NOTE* The hard drive I am referring to is the storage device (known as a hard drive) and not the entire computer itself.

Edited by Fenor, 22 September 2006 - 06:15 PM.

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Oh Well... I went for the reinstall

Thanks anyway for the help
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