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badben25

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i was runnin win xp pro [without any updates] n i recently got myself a copy of win xp pro sp2. today i tried upgrading to it and all was going fine until it finished the second-last step which was Installing Windows, after which it wud be Finishing Installation [or something like that]. now it restarted after the second-last step and after the restart the windows xp loading screen appeared. after going thru a few times the blocks stopped near the beginning of the bar, and that was it. it didnt progress even a bit after that. my hdd activity light also goes off at that point. then i manually restarted the pc and it came up to a screen where it showed the Last Known Good Configuration, Safe Mode, Start Windows Normally etc choices. first i chose Start Windows Normally but it got stuck again at the loading screen, just like it had happened earlier. so i manually restarted again but this time i chose Last Known Good Configuration but to no avail. it just got stuck again. I restarted once more and this time chose Safe Mode. the pc booted and all was ok, just that i was in safe mode so i couldnt do much. i checked around and it seems that all was installed correctly, cuz the upgradin etc is all complete and fine. but i dont understand what the problem is that causes it to get stuck on the loadin screen so i couldnt of a cure too. :)
Plz help me really quick as the pc messed up is my work pc and some really important stuff is coming up...
plz get me out of this mess. :whistling: :rofl: :blink: :help:
thanks
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oh and 1 more thing: i had set a restore point jus before starting the upgrade and when i was in safe mode i even tried restoring to it but the System Restore Utility says that no point was set

don geddit

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Hi badben25,

while in safe mode go to start /run /open =msconfig. Click on the Boot.ini tab there should be the boot.ini .

[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect microsoft windows xp professional"" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

This is a modified one I've used on several systems that wouldn't boot using the original boot.ini. You can edit the boot.ini from msconfig.

Alternative:
Since you have an install cd you can try Booting it and enter Recovery Console by following the prompts. Once in RC log in as administrator. Type in BOOTCFG /REBUILD and press Enter, follow the prompt and type Y and press Enter. then type FIXBOOT and press Enter. fllow the prompt and type Y and press Enter. Type QUIT and reboot the PC,

Edited by silverbeard, 14 December 2006 - 12:10 PM.

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thanks pal, i'll try it out and let u know what happens...

hope this saves my [bleep] :whistling:
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i tried the boot.ini method but all i can edit in msconfig is Timeout. so i was sitting confused when suddenly my brain clicked and i did this: right-click My Computer, select Properties, select the Advanced tab, click on Settings under Startup & Recovery then chose the edit the file manually option. here i made sure the content was similar to urs and amended as necessary. but after the reboot, the loading bar would go a few times and then the bars would get stuck at the end of the loading bar. then i went back into safe mode and reversed all the changes i had made, and then i tried using the Recovery Console. but now windows setup wouldnt show me the choice of the RC but instead after loading the files it showed a screen where all my partitions appeared and asked where i wanted to setup windows xp. so now i tried installing RC and it now appears during startup. here i selected it and after it started i selected the windows installation by pressing 1 (it was the only one that appeared) and then pressing enter. after this it asked the admin password, which i typed and pressed enter. then it gives me the C:\WINDOWS> prompt. i typed BOOTCFG /REBUILD. it starts scanning for installations and then finds the installation i have and asks "Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)". i press Y and the enter. then it asks me "Enter Load Identifier", which i thought is the name, so i typed "Windows XP Professional" and pressed enter. then it asked "Enter OS Load Options", which i think is the command(s) that i want...but anyways i pressed enter without typing anything, and then the C:/WINDOWS> prompt came up again. here i typed FIXBOOT and pressed enter and then it said:
The target partition is C:.
Are you sure you want to write a new boot sector to the partition C:?
i pressed Y and then enter, after which it said "FIXBOOT is writing a new boot sector." and "The new bootsector was successfully written." and then the C:/WINDOWS> prompt came up. i typed QUIT but it wouldnt work so i typed EXIT and my pc rebooted after a moment or 2. now i had a new choice (the one that i made) and i selected it but the same happened: it was stuck at the loading screen.

now i dont know what should be done next so i thought it was better to post rather than do something yourself and totally mess it up.
plz reply soon :whistling: :help: :blink:
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