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olbo

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Hi all,

XP doesn't boot anymore.
I just got to the screen where I have to log in, but then nothing happen and the cpu seems to freeze

I'd like to do a repair, but I do not have the XP CD
Does anyone know where I can download that or just something to boot my comp?

Tks a bunch!

Oli
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Hi olbo,

You're not going to be able to do a repair of XP without the disk. You need to buy an XP disk.
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Or borrow one that is the same type (home or pro)
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try this...
Please download ARCDC from Artellos.com.
  • Double click ARCDC.exe
  • Follow the dialog until you see 6 options. Please pick: Windows Professional SP2 & SP3
  • You will be prompted with a Terms of Use by Microsoft, please accept.
  • You will see a few dos screens flash by, this is normal.
  • Next you will be able to choose to add extra files. Select the Default Files.
  • The last window will allow you to burn the disk using BurnCDCC
Your ISO is located on your desktop.

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....when you get to the screen that gives you the option to install or repair ...select r

when you get to the command prompt
type in chkdsk /r press enter
note the single space before the /


Chkdsk will display the specific stage it is checking as well as the percentage of completion of the stage. You cannot do anything else on your computer while chkdsk is running. When chkdsk is finished, it will automatically reboot your computer.
NOTE this can take a long time to complete..it may even appear to hang or get stuck at a certain % for a couple of hours...then complete
it may even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...let it run...there are 5 stages
DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WHILE RUNNING CHKDSK or you can have severe problems...
when its completed try rebooting normally
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Tks for the replies

I'm having a XP Home (OEM) version. I guess it's not compatible with the Windows XP Pro, is it?

Oli

try this...
Please download ARCDC from Artellos.com.

  • Double click ARCDC.exe
  • Follow the dialog until you see 6 options. Please pick: Windows Professional SP2 & SP3
  • You will be prompted with a Terms of Use by Microsoft, please accept.
  • You will see a few dos screens flash by, this is normal.
  • Next you will be able to choose to add extra files. Select the Default Files.
  • The last window will allow you to burn the disk using BurnCDCC
Your ISO is located on your desktop.

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....when you get to the screen that gives you the option to install or repair ...select r

when you get to the command prompt
type in chkdsk /r press enter
note the single space before the /


Chkdsk will display the specific stage it is checking as well as the percentage of completion of the stage. You cannot do anything else on your computer while chkdsk is running. When chkdsk is finished, it will automatically reboot your computer.
NOTE this can take a long time to complete..it may even appear to hang or get stuck at a certain % for a couple of hours...then complete
it may even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...let it run...there are 5 stages
DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER WHILE RUNNING CHKDSK or you can have severe problems...
when its completed try rebooting normally


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I've download an iso of the Recovery Console
Is this working without the windows XP CD?

Tks in advance!
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ok i think i'm about to solve that

I use the RC.iso

But I have one question after reading the forum:

What is the difference between doing :
chkdsk /r

and doing:
* attrib -s -h -r c:\boot.ini
* del c:\boot.ini
* bootcfg /rebuild
* fixboot

Sorry to keep implementing my thread
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chkdsk runs the chkdsk utility and fixes disk errors.

The second list does the following:

attrib -s -h -r c:\boot.ini removes secret, hidden and read only attributes from the boot.ini
del c:\boot.ini deletes the boot.ini
bootcfg /rebuild rebuilds the MBR, or master boot record
fixboot sets the MBR and partition as active

Try chkdsk first.
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Hi

I've tried with chkdsk first and it didn't work
so I did with attrib / bootcfg / fixboot...

But it still didn't work. Basically, windows boots to the screen where I should select the user. Once I select (I only have "user" as default), it says it's loading, however it freeze there.
Does anyone know what could be the matter?

Also something should have gone wrong with the recovery because now, when I start the computer it asks me which windows I wanna start. One is "windows XP Home" and the other is blank.
I've tried with both with the same results...

Last but not least, I just discover that I might have a virus. My little cousin, plugged his usb the other day (last day before my comp has this defect). My avast antivirus detected something, but my cousin ignored the warning!!

I'm going to buy an external HD and use ubuntu to retrieve my data... but I'd rather find a solution to "repair" instead of reinstall. Beside, I do not have the install CD and stuff with me as I'm abroad...

Tks in advance for your help here!

Oli
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Sounds like a corrupted user account. I would try logging in via safe mode and creating a new account.

First, head over to the malware forum and get a clean bill of health.
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Sounds like a corrupted user account. I would try logging in via safe mode and creating a new account.

First, head over to the malware forum and get a clean bill of health.


Tks for your answer
I'm now asking help in the malware forum section

I am able to boot in safe mode. I ask help to get a clean up in safe mode.
I'll keep you posted
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OK, please follow up here when your done over there.
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