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I had my computer set-up to run scan disk after the next reboot. As it was scanning following the reboot, we lost power and the computer shut off (it had made it to stage 4 of 5). Now, the computer is stuck in a constant little loop. I am running XP, with service pack 2. I have tried to run in safe mode, but the computer restarts after going through its rundown of files (stop at mps.sys). The only F8 option I could get to work was to prevent the computer from auto-restarting when it hit a snag starting Windows. This helped me narrow down the options and assume its a registry issue.

I received this error: ***stop 0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x8A5378B0, 0xC0000102, 0x000000000

The same screen also suggested running the following command: chkdsk /f

I cannot do safe mode with command prompt, so I inserted my Windows CD and tried to run the repair option. The program opened up with c:\

I tried chkdsk /f, which did nothing. Chkdsk checked the disk but reported no issues (so I'm assuming at least the hard drive might be safe...phew if it is).

I feel like my last option is to re-install Windows but I definitely don't want to lose all the stuff on my hard drive. Any other recommendations of what I might try? Is there a registry fixing program that will start like a start-up disk or that I could run from the command prompt? Thanks for any help :)

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so I inserted my Windows CD and tried to run the repair option. The program opened up with c:\

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Instaed of chkdsk / f run chkdsk /r.
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A STOP 0x24 error is related to the NTFS file system on your hard drive (more info here: http://aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x24 )
chkdsk /r is the first response for those errors (it's a bit more detailed than /f). Depending on your other symptoms a hard drive diagnostic or a rebuilding of the Master Boot Record and/or Boot Sector (in the Recovery Console) may be called for.

Let chkdsk /r run until it completes. It may take a long time, but if it saves your system it's worth the wait!
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