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Won't boot into Win Xp, get no errors

By sherlene ·
I have several posts on several site and forums because I am having a problem. Would you mind seeing if you can help me?

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"I just built my machine. Installed Win XP Pro, added some stuff, got a brain fart and deleted the asp.net user under the user profiles in control panel. Now pc doesn't boot into win. I don't want to reinstall as I'm afraid I'll loose stuff."

"Ok, I just built this machine, see, and I didn't create boot disk. I did put Norton "go back", a lot of good that did. It won't go back! Anyhoo, my trouble started when I got a brain fart and deleted the asp.net profile through control panel users. I'm not a developer, is that why it won't boot now? Why can't I get rid of that profile without complication? I know there's got to be a work around for this.

I can't even boot into safemode. If there is something else I should be trying, plz give me a clue!

I'm not a total newbie, but I'll admit to holes in my "self-taught" education.

If I reinstall I'll loose somethings I really want to keep.

Please have pity on this dorkburger!"

I just wanted to by-pass the having to select a profile to use at start up. Is crying allowed?

I'm at my wits end. I downloaded a boot disk but it's not working either.

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Try a restore

by anahat In reply to Won't boot into Win Xp, g ...

I've done this a few times and it's fixed various problems for me. Boot of your XP disk, then instead of installing a new instilation of XP select 'repair', this might identify a default user is missing and resolve the issue.

Regards, K...

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Been there, done that!

by sherlene In reply to Try a restore

I finally put my 40 gig in as a master and made the 80 a slave thinking that I could get what I wanted off of the other one. I've done this many times in the past. In fact, I normally have 2 HDs with 2 partions each.
The strangest thing is that no matter how I jumper them or cable them I can only see the 40 gig HD through Windows and it's label F:!

When I boot up I can see both HDs. On the F8 boot menu I see both HDs. I've never had this happen before.

Got any suggestion out there for a fix for that?

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Here's a good utility

by bhatnagar_nitin In reply to Won't boot into Win Xp, g ...

I guess this site has a beautiful utility which can really help you boot your computer. Try madboot and boot into Windows XP Pro. Let us know your results. You need to make a bootable floppy disk from this utility and then boot from it.
http://www.madboot.com/

Speaking to your posts, what I infer is that ASP.NET user doesn't have anything to do with booting your computer. It's something else related to it like the Norton etc you talked about. But yes, it's always preferable to create a restore point before deleting any such profile or doing some unknown but suspected stuffs. Personally speaking, I don't like Norton as it intercepts with the MBR and may result in crashing of the system. I already have had a crash with Norton Antivirus few years back and now I am on McAfee successfully.

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Ditto on the Norton!

by sherlene In reply to Here's a good utility

I'm getting a lot of negative feedback on Norton. I've used it for years, but it's getting too controling!
Will the madboot be better than the Win XP boot disk that I made on another machine of mine? It didn't work either. Now, I have another issue:

I finally put my 40 gig in as a master and made the 80 a slave thinking that I could get what I wanted off of the other one. I've done this many times in the past. In fact, I normally have 2 HDs with 2 partions each.
The strangest thing is that no matter how I jumper them or cable them I can only see the 40 gig HD through Windows and it's label F:!

When I boot up I can see both HDs. On the F8 boot menue I see both HDs. I've never had this happen before.

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Did you test your slave drive?

by bhatnagar_nitin In reply to Ditto on the Norton!

If you can see the 80G HDD in boot option then before going for a boot, try autodetecting HDDs in BIOS Setup options, then in the setup again, test your HDD using SMART test or whatever HDD test your BIOS provides. If all's well, then you are safe. Now proceed further to do a repair on first boot record as stated in this site:
www.ntfs.com/mbr-damaged.htm
My bet is that your MBR has been damaged by Norton or so, as I already stated earlier in my previous post. In this case, madboot may also not work to bring it up. However, madboot is a good utility in that it provides a lot of tools, virtual cd driver, many boot options for all windows OSs etc. It's more than just a bootable disk/CD. It's advisable to keep such utilities with you as a backup, you never know when you may need them.

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HD has been showing up through BIOS all along.

by sherlene In reply to Did you test your slave d ...

Thanks for responding.

HD has been showing up through BIOS all along. I don't have an option for SMART testing in BIOS. I don't see any option in there for testing the HD.

I'll check out the ste you posted.

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Do the smart test

by Jesus_C In reply to HD has been showing up th ...

But i dont see the point as we know the hdd is registering any way.Plug the drive into another cpu as the slave ,back up your data and do a fresh install

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Resolved - thnx to all you guys that offered help!

by sherlene In reply to Do the smart test

I don't know which fix worked, maybe the last repair through the console. At any rate, it working fine. Now my issue is IP related. I think it's some security setting in Win XP. The Road Runner tech just left. He could do nothing! My laptop connects just fine, so it's not the cable modem. My machine will not renew or even assign an IP address. The generic IP of 169., so on, is the only IP that shows up. No firewall, have reset winsock, reset IP stack, everything that I know to do...nothing doing! The tech said he's seen several new PCS do the same thing, their equipment is working fine. I just know it's an XP Pro setting. What else could it be? The on board ethernet card is working fine. Anybody out there found the same or similar?

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Have you tested the connection with

by Jesus_C In reply to Resolved - thnx to all yo ...

another pc.Are you sure you have an active connection on that line.The only other way is a firewall.Check in lan settings to see if automatically detect settings is ticked or wheather you need to specify a proxy

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That sounds weird

by Jesus_C In reply to Won't boot into Win Xp, g ...

I have often deleted the asp.net account with no implications.Have you sp2 installed?

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