10 things you can do when Windows XP won't boot

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If your computer powers up okay, but the Windows XP operating system won't boot properly, you have some troubleshooting ahead of you. Here's a look at the likely culprits and what you can do to fix the problem.

When you're dealing with a Windows XP system that won't boot, it helps to know what areas to target as you try to diagnose the problem. Windows expert Greg Shultz put together this list to help you identify and resolve the boot issue. His suggestions include:

  • Use Last Known Good Configuration
  • Use System Restore
  • Use Recovery Console tools such as Bootcfg, Fixboot, and Fixmbr
  • Disable automatic restart
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