I'll post the blue screen error code when I get home, however, I'm more concerned about Data loss.
Please let me know!
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Edited by pip22, 24 April 2008 - 02:41 PM.
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If you reinstall Windows on to the same partition as your existing installation (recommended) then you will definitely lose all data that's currently on there. So you'll need to back up everything in 'My Documents', Your emails & contacts, and your browser bookmarks to a different partition or to CD/DVD media before proceeding.
Your other option is to perform a "Repair Install" which effectively installs Windows over the top of itself but (so Microsoft claims) does not destroy your existing data such as mentioned above. The downside is that a Repair Install is not guaranteed to cure a software-related error to the same degree as a reformat & reinstall. But it does avoid the need to backup your data (allegedly, though I would still make backups anyway) and avoids having to re-install all your applications and restoring all your preferred GUI settings. Consequently, it may be worth trying the repair install first.
Clean Install: http://pcsupport.abo...nstxpclean1.htm
Repair Install: http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
Edited by happyrck, 24 April 2008 - 03:29 PM.
A lot of times, a parallel install will get you past these sorts of problems and allow you to get to your data.
Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
The Windows installation should begin. This will install Windows to a new folder, leaving your data intact. Any programs installed on the old directory will have to be reinstalled to the new one. Device drivers will also have to be installed for all the hardware to work as it should.
- At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
- Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
- With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
- Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
- To continue setup using this partition, press C
- Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
- To use a different folder, press Esc
- Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.
That's a pretty generic error code that Windows spits out whenever something isn't quite right. Are there any file names mentioned with it?
Having problem with windows xp Blue screen Stop 0x000007E
--go to safe mode, then msconfig>>go to services tab>>put a check Hide
Microsoft>>then disable allthe other devices..click apply then click
close>>ignore to reboot computer
--go to device manager then un install display adapters>>restart the
--in Normal Mode you may see blue screen again therefore you have to
boot back to safe mode so Display drivers will rebuild itself then
restart>>that should solve the problem
Edited by Rexxy, 24 April 2008 - 06:15 PM.
The 7e error can be caused by hardware or software...so it's really hard to say.
Will the machine run in Safe Mode without throwing the BSOD?
Let's put a parallel install on there and see if we can get a look at the boot.ini file.
If it has problems with that, we are likely looking at a hardware problem. When you boot up after the install, you should be offered a choice of which operating system to boot to. Let it try to boot to the top one first...if it won't boot to that, restart and select the bottom operating system. There may be a setup option listed, too...don't select that one.
Open Control Panel and double click on the "Folder Options" icon. In the Folder Options window, click on the "View" tab, then tick the button next to "Show hidden files and folders", and tick the box next to "Hide protected operating system files "Recommended)". Apply the change and close that window.
Then open My Computer and double click on Local Disk C:. Locate a file named Boot (boot.ini), right click on it, choose "Open With" and select Notepad to open it. Copy the contents of the notepad window that opens and paste it here for me.
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