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Computer won't turn on. Keeps restarting.

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At the start of last year I went on a trip to Australia, and when I came back and turned my computer on... It would load up to the usual XP loading point, and after that it would restart itself. I have a new computer now but have recently discovered this website and am wondering if there's any chance of retrieving old lost files? I first thought it was an over-heating issue or maybe the inside of the computer was too dusty (I know that can sometimes stuff things up). Would taking out the hard-drive and placing it into my current computer, solve anything? Ultimately I'd love to just turn it on (and actually reach the desktop) put some files on my flashdrive, and forget about it.
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If the 'problem' computer will boot from a CD and recognize a 'flash' drive, then it will not be a problem to recover your files.

Download the free 30-day trial of the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset: http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

'Burn' the ISO file to a CD. If you do not have an .iso capable utility installed, I highly recommend the free ISORecorder Powertoy: http://isorecorder.a...nman.com/v1.htm
OR free CDBurnerXP: http://cdburnerxp.se/

Once 'burned,' boot the 'problem' system from the CD and choose ERD Commander from the menu. This will provide you with a Windows Explorer-type environment in which you can copy or move your files to the flash drive.

That said, ERD Commander will also allow you to attempt System Restore as well as other 'recovery' options. Well worth the effort.

Good luck, and do let us know what happens, OK?
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