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Windows XP Hangs On Startup


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mrtuft

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I wonder if someone can help with this one ?!

When I boot my PC up (using Windows XP), it goes through the usual checks & I get the black screen with the Windows XP is loading picture with the scrolling blue bars.

After that the screen goes black & the hard-drive stops for approx 90-120 seconds. During this time there is no activity at all from the PC.

Once the 90-120 seconds is up, the PC then loads perfectly normal.

Any suggestions ??

Cheers !!
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Hmm, most likely either the hard drive or that installation of XP.

Might be worth doing a Windows Repair.

Boot off XP CD, press Enter when prompted, press F8 and the next screen should be an option to either Repair the current installation or install a new copy. Press R to repair. You will need your product key to hand.

When done, go to Windows Update and grab all the updates again.
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Thanks for the reply.

My problem first occurred after a fresh install of Windows due to a new motherboard. At first the PC was booting up fine, but after some of the Windows updates were installed, this 'pause' started to happen on startup.

I had then done a repair to my installation, exactly as you had suggested & although the problem initially disappeared, it came back again after some of the updates were re-installed.

I know what you're going to ask & that is, "which update caused the problem". Unfortunately, as there were so many I am not sure. I do remember that it was not one of the high priority updates & that it was after SP2 was installed.

My only other option would be to repair it once more & install the updates 1-by-1 until I find the one that causes the problem. As this is likely to be somewhat tedious, thought I would seek some help here first.

Cheers, Nick
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