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 Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.