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So, my battery ran out like 2 hours ago while my little brother was playing on my computer. So I plug it in and turn it on, like always. Then I get the famous "We apoligize for the inconvineince, but windows did not start properly" screen. And no matter what I hit, Windows starts to boot for aprox. 10 seconds, then stops and restarts and the whole thing starts over again. I have tried F5, F12, safe mode to no avail
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You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the power 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

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

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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Ouch. yeah I saw a couple other sites say that, but i'd like to stay away from that route beacuse i'd have to aquire the CD from the district tech guys, and that'd be a couple weeks, and i really need my laptop working. But if thats the only way....
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At some point it is likely to involve replacing system files, which are only available from the CD. Any same version XP CD will do, though you need to enter the product key for the PC, not the borrowed CD

An outside chance is this

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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How do I do a system restore if I cant log on?
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Safe mode with command prompt doesn't use log on
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It doesnt work, it does the same thing :whistling:
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See if you can borrow a same version XP CD
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Okay, but my fear is it might be a while, unless I can find my mom's copy....
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As long as it is the same version and you use the product key for the PC
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yeah im pretty sure we have XP home
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Its been a month, have you found it yet?
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