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.
- 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.
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.