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Win xp will not start up


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When I try to start winxp a blue screen briefly flashes and then it shuts down. It then goes back to the boot sequence again, offering safe mode etc., but the same thing happens in safe mode. My first problem is that the blue screen flashes past so quickly that I cant see what it says. Can anyone tell me how to stop the start up at the blue screen?
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You could try the pause break key

If it is recent

Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a command prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


http://support.micro....com/kb/315222/


A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP

Look for a system restore point, or just before you installed anything which may have caused it
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Thanks for your reply. The problem is that the blue screen flashes past too fast to use pause button. It then goes back and starts to boot up again. Round and round and round! I therefore cant get into the os at all. I seem to remember an option on a previous Windows that loaded screen by screen, requiring a keystroke by the user to move on to the next screen. Is this possible in XP?
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Did you keep tapping F8 as soon as you started booting
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Solved problem. Swapped MB now all ok. Thanks again.
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Thank You for letting me know
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