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By vlewis ·
When I boot up, I get a message stating "The system has recovered from a serious error." What do I need to do?

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by maxwell edison In reply to Error

This usually occurs with Windows XP after a non-compatible driver installation, especially one that crashes the system. The problem is not that the message is displayed, but that under certain circumstances it fails to be removed after user acknowledgment and is forever displayed each time the OS is launched. I have searched the Microsoft knowledge-base and many support forums, but as yet I have failed to find a definitive solution.

Microsoft has an avenue to report such errors, but they most likely won't directly reply. They simpy compile reported errors to correct with the next service pack.

If this has happened because of a driver installation attempted by you that failed, you may have to live with it or reload the operating system. If this has been happening on a machine you purchased with XP pre-loaded, and it's been happening ever since, you would be within reason to strongly suggest the supplier fix the problem or replace the machine.

By the way, most references I've seen with this error are with a Dell computer pre-loaded with XP. If that's the case, Dell should fix it or replace it.


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by vlewis In reply to Error

Update: Windows Update now has a "critical update" that responds to this. However, my PC stopped doing this about a week ago.

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