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My computer wil not boot up from both HD and recovery CD?

By Robin Knows Nothing ·
My computer - running Windows 7 - has stopped booting up from the HD. I
inserted the recovery CD, changed the BIOS to boot from CD, pressed
'any key' when prompted and it still won't boot up. I do get 'Starting
Windows' on the screen for a while, then that goes off and all I am
left with for the rest of the time is the mouse pointer (which I can
move about) on a blank screen. This happens whether I am trying to
boot from the HD or the CD. I have tried pressing F11 and also
Ctrl/Alt/Delete but nothing happens. The only way of switching the
computer off is by holding the off button in for over 5 seconds.
Anyone any suggestions?

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Safe mode? BIOS Defaults?

by raid0 In reply to My computer wil not boot ...

Have you tried booting into safe mode? Immediately after the manufactuer logo disappears (Dell, HP, Gigabyte, etc) repeated press F8 until the safe mode option appears. Choose Safe Mode. If that doesn't work, perhaps try restoring the BIOS defaults and rebooting.

Also, perhaps you aren't waiting long enough for the disk to load. On certain hardware, I've had Windows Vista and 7 setups take extremely long times to completely load. You will get a mouse on a black screen until fully loaded.

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by Robin Knows Nothing In reply to Safe mode? BIOS Defaults?

Thanks for your reply raid0. I will try your suggestion. Please see other replies for another option I have discovered.

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One answer--SPINRITE! from GRC! For 20+yrs, the BEST disk recovery tool!

by DavidTheConsultant In reply to My computer wil not boot ...

Just one answer--SPINRITE! from GRC!
For over 20+ years it's been the BEST disk recovery tool ever!

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Thanks for getting in touch, I'll bear your suggestion in mind. Meanwhile I am taking the steps outlined in my reply above.

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Another option

by dldorrance In reply to My computer wil not boot ...

If you plan to continue using XP it may be wise to own a "retail copy"; the license allows you to install it on any computer but only one computer at a time. This software is available on eBay. If you go this route make sure you are purchasing a retail copy, not a disk with XP came when a computer was purchased, as it will only install on original computer.

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by Robin Knows Nothing In reply to Another option

Sorry, you may have missed in my question that I am running Windows 7. Please see other replies for another option I have discovered

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