What happened to my Windows and how can I fix it?

By yapanitz ·
After a restart, my windows start asking how I would like to start windows (safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, start normally, last know good configuration) and then will return to the same scenario even after you have picked your choice. How do I fix it?

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That is unhelpful, isn't it?

by seanferd In reply to What happened to my Windo ...

Which version of Windows is this? Do you have an OEM or retail Windows CD, or is there a recovery partition?

If you don't have any of these, and no way to get to the Recovery Console, I suggest downloading and burning the UBCD or a Linux Live CD like Knoppix so you can fix possible errors without having to do a reinstall.

If you do, you can always try a non-destructive Repair Install first.

Currently, you can press F8 to get more options at the boot choice screen. Enable boot logging. You can also try disabling reboot on failure.

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I puzzled over this one.

by santeewelding In reply to That is unhelpful, isn't ...

For my part -- which is not (his) part -- I would have dumpstered the damned thing and bought anew, entering it as a writeoff, considering, businesswise, how much I charge for paying attention, worse for lifting a finger.

Yours is the more better way to go.

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I puzzled over this one.

I can so clearly see Hobbes eyes darting back and forth now. I caught animation before, but not so sharply. Excellente. B-)

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You catch

by santeewelding In reply to Wow.

More than that. You catch, English.

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Remind me

by santeewelding In reply to Wow.

To tell you, and everyone else, about Bobcats (~$20,000 a pop), and the backyard swimming-pool industry in Southern California.

Those things were eventually discarded, rather than repaired, the way that I discarded paper clips, there was so much money being made.

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by OH Smeg In reply to Remind me

Sorry I don't know anyone who deals in equipment that small.

No profit in dealing with the small end of the market.


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OK, reminding you now.

by seanferd In reply to Remind me
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Intimate familiarity

by santeewelding In reply to OK, reminding you now.

With those things; backhoes, too.

I had been -- not so much, now, due to the "climate" -- inured to their structural evolution (as well as Col mentions, with the larger pieces, four-inch thick members, and all, snapped in two) for all of about 30 years.

Tell Col, if you remember, about standing inside a clamshell, and making it right.

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If you have a full OS disk

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What happened to my Windo ...

you've two repair options on it when you boot from it. One via the Recovery Console which is offered first. I've not used it, I won't speak to it.

The second option comes via the Install sequence. You have to sit through driver load to get to it, as well as read the screens carefully. I've had great luck with this option.

You'll need to set your BIOS to boot from CD.

This applies, at least, to Win2K and WinXP. I can't see why it wouldn't apply to Vista and/or Win7 - oh wait, Uncle Billy's in town.

It strikes me your master boot record is out of whack.


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by yapanitz In reply to If you have a full OS dis ...

Can you send me some more details please? I forgot to mention my OS was Windows XP SP3 2002 Professional.

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