Xp pro says starting windows but never does
i get to a screen that says 'please wait, windows is starting up' and my pc freezes there, the orange processing led on the front of my computer stops, indicating that the system is idle.
i can get into safe mode but not with networking. i can get into safe mode with command prompt.
i have an xp pro sp1 disc but i'm running sp2 on my hard drive
i have been in the recovery tool on the cd and tried things like fixboot and fixmbr but they haven't solved my problem
any ideas on what i could do now?
my extreme last resort is to reformat my hard drive, but i really don't want to do that! i have so much valuable stuff on it which i can't recover if i do reformat.
I suggest both of you do a REPAIR INSTALLATION of windows, using the link in my signature as a guide. If you don't have your XP CD, post back and we can try other options.
kevinski: That's okay if you have SP2 on your harddrive, you will just need to redo all the Windows Updates after doing a REPAIR INSTALLATION.
kevinski, I also suggest that you start your own topic please, or follow along with this one quietly until it is resolved.
i used my windows xp pro cd to repair windows and it worked. (well it basically led me throught the windows installation process and let me use windows normally for a few minutes)
then my computer crashed as i was installing such things as flash player, msn messenger, my sound cards etc.
now i'm back to where i was before with the 'windows is starting up' dialog being the point where my pc freezes.
it still runs in safe mode but now i'm running sp1 not sp2 so i've gone a step backwards so to speak.
does this mean that the only solution now would be to reformat the hard drive?
Edited by kevinski, 21 November 2005 - 05:01 PM.