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Windows XP blue screens on start up


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I had a similar problem before which I fixed by reformatting the hard drive. This time I have a lot of data on my hard drive, including university coursework which I need so I can't just reformat.

I tried to use safe mode but I get a blue screen every time I try to boot into that.

The normal start up starts off fine, but when I first turn my pc on I can see the blue screen in the background for a split second. It then continues with the start up until it gets to the XP logo screen, it then blue screens and restarts. I can't actually see whats on the blue screen because its gone too fast.

Edited by Zanki, 11 February 2009 - 08:25 AM.

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Hi,

Did you install any new hardware or software?

First thing to try is running chkdsk /r in the recovery console, just in case there's any file system errors.

Boot from the XP CD > at the welcome to setup screen press R > it will then ask you which operating system to repair (usually it's 1) and press enter > it will ask you for the administrator password, enter the password and press enter > you'll then get presented with a command prompt, type in chkdsk c: /r (assuming of course that windows is installed on drive C) and press enter. The chkdsk process may take some time, after it is complete restart your PC and see if it boots into Windows.
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I'm on the windows recovery, but its not working like it normally does. It comes up with C:\> I press enter and it does nothing.
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Type in chkdsk c: /r and it should then start to check the drive for errors.
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c:\>chkdsk

The volume appears to be in good condition and was not checked.
Use /p is you want to check the volume anyway.

Then I get:
The command is not recognized.
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Try chkdsk c: /f
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The parameter is not valid. Try /? for help.
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OK try chkdsk /? and post what options it gives you.
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CHKDSK [drive:] [/P] [/R]

[Drive:] Specifies the drive to check
/P Check even if the drive is not flagged dirty
/R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /P)
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OK type in chkdsk c: /R (note the spaces)
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Thank you so much for helping me, I'm back on the desktop. I'm going to back up my hard drive right now.

Edited by Zanki, 10 February 2009 - 05:46 PM.

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Glad I could help.

Did it come up with any errors?
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Once it had finished it didn't tell me about any errors, it just told me it had fixed them. I managed to back up all my data but after a few hours I started getting strange error messages. It said something about my cpu when I tried to eject my friends external hard drive and when I tried to shut down it told me windows taskbar had been disabled to protect the computer. I ran security scans last night and got rid of any problems (it was just spyware in my cookies) so I have no idea whats causing the problem.
I'm now back to square one again, the pc wont boot up, not even a blue screen this time.
I really don't want to have to reformat again, this is the second time within a month I've had problems like this.

Edited by Zanki, 11 February 2009 - 08:24 AM.

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Does Windows start to boot?
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It gets to the windows logo loading screen again and then just restarts, same as last time.
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