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What to do when Windows XP won't boot

When your computer hardware appears to power up okay, but the Windows XP operating system won't boot properly, you have to begin a troubleshooting expedition that includes getting into the operating system, determining the problem, and then fixing it.

When your computer hardware appears to power up okay, but the Windows XP operating system won't boot properly, you have to begin a troubleshooting expedition that includes getting into the operating system, determining the problem, and then fixing it.

To help you get started on this expedition, over in the TechRepublic 10 Things blog, I recently re-published and oldie but goody explaining 10 things you can do when Windows XP won't boot.

When you're dealing with a Windows XP system that won't boot, it helps to know what areas to target as you try to diagnose the problem. Windows expert Greg Shultz put together this list to help you identify and resolve the boot issue. His suggestions include:
  • Use Last Known Good Configuration
  • Use System Restore
  • Use Recovery Console tools such as Bootcfg, Fixboot, and Fixmbr
  • Disable automatic restart

Check out the 10 Things blog for the complete list and keep it handy for the next time your installation of Windows XP won't boot.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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