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windows continuous reboot

By rameter ·
Ok, I'm frustrated. I was having problems with one PC. It would not boot and was constantly rebooting. I was troubleshooting with that machine (replaced RAM, powersupply, repaired after chkdsk, fixmbr, fixboot, tried a reinstall of windows over the previous (repair)). When I put the windows XP cd in and go through recovery console the drive is navigable (I can't access some folders however to get data off of). As a last resort I pulled out the HD and plugged it into another machine. BIG errors from first boot. Now after a day of rebooting and "fixing windows errors" and blue screens, it's showing the same symptoms which are: PC posts and begins booting windows and then cycles off and reboots. Safe Mode isn't helping either. Any ideas? Virus? It's the only thing left I can think of. I find it strange that it would effect a second computer in the EXACT same way. Please I lost both computers at home!

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Time For a Clean Install

by TheChas In reply to windows continuous reboot

Well, to be honest, it is a big mistake to move a Windows XP or newer hard drive to a different system and boot up to diagnose a problem.

Not only have you triggered an activation event, you have greatly expanded the size of the registry. Should you move this drive back to the original system, all of the hardware and system file issues along with activation will turn up again. The registry might even grow even larger.

At this point, while it would be good to find the root cause of the original problem, your best option is to back up your personal files, format the drive and install Windows XP fresh from the CD.

After Windows is installed:
Install all the device drivers for the hardware.
Download and install Windows XP service pack 3, your anti-virus and firewall applications.
Go online and run Windows update.
Then, install your application software.

As far as fixing this type of problem in the future:
Create a slipstream disk with your current Windows service pack level.
Boot from the disk and perform an in-place upgrade / repair installation of Windows.


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And to back up files

by seanferd In reply to Time For a Clean Install

you don't put the drive under investigation into another system as a boot device. You connect it and set the jumper as a slave device.

You boot with the working OS of the good machine so you can read the data off the HDD with the corrupted install.

Also, it never helps to willy-nilly try "stuff" to fix a system. You find out where and what the actual errors are and then find the procedure to fix those errors. Fixing the boot record will have absolutely no effect on a machine that "mysteriously" reboots. It already booted up in the first place.

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by Twors88 In reply to windows continuous reboot

When that happens its usually hardware or windows system file related. As the person in front of me said, boot up the computer so that you can completely reformat the partitions on the problem hard drive. To isolate a hardware issue, remove every component that is not necessary for basic use ie. sound cards, wireless cards, anything of that nature. Try installing a fresh copy of windows on a new partition.

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