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Windows XP Pro Boot Error UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

By barmotrading ·
My windows XP Professional will not boot up in any mode - I have tried all the safe modes, normal mode and last good config mode it just reboots over and over. I disable the auto reboot and go the blue screen showing UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME STOP: 0x000000ED (0x823DCA20, 0x0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000. I do not have a windows start up cd. I am not sure what caused this,it is my sons computer, possibly some program he downloaded? Any way to fix it? Thank you...

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Check this link

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP Pro Boot Error ...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185

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<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.
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can I download start up disc

by barmotrading In reply to Check this link

I found a site on microsoft to download the start up disc on floppies - are these the ones I need? I was going to download from my laptop and then load into his desktop but I dont have floppy - can I use a flash drive do you think? This is the site with the download,
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=83F53BE9-28FA-40E8-8EC2-631504EF5E26

Thanks again

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This will be easier

by Jacky Howe In reply to can I download start up d ...

The Windows Vista Recovery CD can be used to Boot to a Command Prompt where you can run these Commands.
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Boot from the Vista CD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt. Type in chkdsk c:/r and Press Enter.
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Watch the screen for anything that may indicate Bad Sectors. If it finds Bad Sectors you should consider backing up the Drive and replacing it.
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It does'nt matter if the Default OS is XP it can still be used on XP PRO or Home.
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<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>
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http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=622
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<b>Download from here:</b>
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http://coblitz.codeen.org/neosmart.net/downloads/guides/Vista_Repair/Vista_Recovery_Disc_x86.iso
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Use something like Nero to burn the CD.
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<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.
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ERD Commander

by willcomp In reply to Check this link

MS has made DaRT 5 (ERD Commander renamed) a free trial download. It may be of great help to you.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5d600369-0554-4595-8ab4-c34b2860e087&DisplayLang=en

You do not need an XP CD to create an ERD Commander CD.

Here's a Tech Republic article about ERD Commander:
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6094245.html

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computer wont read the cd

by barmotrading In reply to ERD Commander

thanks for the advice - I tried both and my problem now is that the computer is not reading the CD (I guess that wasn't working before) so it wont boot from the CD - can I use a flash drive somehow?

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Need Operable CD/DVD Drive

by willcomp In reply to computer wont read the cd

You'll need a working optical drive. I don't think ERD Commander can be run from a flash drive. You can Google to see if it's been done.

Have you checked boot sequence to ensure CD drive is first boot device?

Sooner or later though, you'll need an operable CD drive. Might as well go ahead and install one.

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