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windows won't start, repair reinstall won't work

By bball1 ·
When I turn on my computer, I get the following message:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows
Normally..."

When I start normally or with last known configuration, it goes to the Windows XP loading screen (black screen that just says Windows XP and has a bar for loading) and stays there forever. When I start in safe mode, the screen shows some writing about partitioning files for a while and then just stops and stays at this screen forever.

I have seen people on various forums with whose computers give them the same message, though the results of their choosing safe mode or normal are different (but also unsuccessful in starting the computer). The advice given to them was to repair reinstall Windows XP.

So I tried that, I booted from the Windows XP CD and I chose repair reinstall. The bottom of the screen said a few things, then said examining startup environment and remained there forever.

Was it the right choice for me to repair reinstall Windows XP? If it was, what can I do about my current problem?

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Was it the right choice for me to repair reinstall Windows XP

by OH Smeg In reply to windows won't start, repa ...

Bit hard to answer that question. Though if you have a Software problem it's probably the right way to go but depending on what you have to work with it may not be supported by your install media. Most times the +Slipstreamed Media supplied by places like HP, Dell, Gateway don't support this option so you need to do a clean install by overwriting the existing Windows Install without formatting so you don't loose your data.

M$ Inplace install is listed here so if you can follow these steps it should work for a software issue

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

If you have a hardware issue nothing relating to installing software will have any effect. You should have done some diagnostic work before tearing into the unit. Try opening the case and see if it's full of dust & other crud if it is a good clean out will not hurt and at the same time check the Power Supply. It may have started to fail and be putting out the wrong voltages which is causing the unit to fall over. I always use the Ultimate Boot CD to test hardware before starting to do anything. If you don';t have a copy you can get one from here

http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

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Let's have a discussion in 'Semantics' first . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to windows won't start, repa ...

"When I start normally or with last known configuration, it goes to the Windows XP loading screen (black screen that just says Windows XP and has a bar for loading) and stays there forever. When I start in safe mode, the screen shows some writing about partitioning files for a while and then just stops and stays at this screen forever.

I have seen people on various forums with whose computers give them the same message, though the results of their choosing safe mode or normal are different (but also unsuccessful in starting the computer). The advice given to them was to repair reinstall Windows XP.

So I tried that, I booted from the Windows XP CD and I chose repair reinstall. The bottom of the screen said a few things, then said examining startup environment and remained there forever.


Without trying to nit-pick in any way - how long is forever?

I ask because it is not unknown for users to panic, thinking that the system has frozen - when in actual fact the system is busy recovering.

Please note: when a computer is rebuilding its internal system there CAN be long periods where no files are accessed. Therefore even the hard drive light remains unlit, but it doesn't mean the system has hung.

So how long did you leave it in the instances you mentioned?

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semantics

by bball1 In reply to Let's have a discussion i ...

When I said forever, I meant that I assumed that I had reached a stand still. For the windows xp screen after starting in normal mode and the examining startup mode in repairing xp, I probably left those screens up for an hour because I left the computer to do something else. I may have only given the safe mode screen about fifteen minutes, but the processor wasn't even making a faint sound like it was trying to do something.

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when you choose repair

by CG IT In reply to semantics

if it's more than a couple of hours, then you can assume it's hung up.

try starting in safe mode with command prompt and do a fixboot.

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