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Windows XP will not start

By Xenafan ·
Windows XP starts to load, but then stops without showing the Windows logo. I restart and go into Safe Mode. I restart and Windows loads properly. I have scanned for malicious software, booted from my original CD to repair XP and have restored the registration file. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Use 'msconfig' to diagnose the offending program

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows XP will not start

In safe mode, open the Run command box, and type msconfig

Click on the 'Startup' tab and turn every option off, click Apply, OK, then you'll be prompted to restart.

Allow the system to boot into normal mode - it should boot up without a problem. You now have a working system without ANY of the startup programs that were causing the lock-up.

It is now a case of turning them on sequentially, one at a time, until you once again experience a boot-time lock-up. When it fails to load you will know which program is causing it.

Depending on how many startup items there are - if you've got lots and lots of them, one trick is to divide the total number by two, then turn on that half. If the system locks-up you know it's in that half, which you then divide by two and run through again, first half then sdecond half. Etc etc.

Of course if you've only got a handful, you won't do any better than turning them on one at a time until you detect the item causing the lock-up.

Happy hunting! :)

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Couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP will not start

How long has this been happening. What have you installed recently, have you updated a driver or installed any software. If it is only recent and it is not a Driver try a System Restore. If it is a Driver roll it back.
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try this..

by NH Ranger In reply to Couple of checks

If you've installed Microsoft SP3.. uninstall it. I have seen this before on one system and that appears to have resolved it.

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hm

by wesley.chin In reply to Windows XP will not start

Was Windows Steadystate installed?

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Thanks, but

by Xenafan In reply to Windows XP will not start

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I did the elimination process on the startup items.
I couldn't roll back my drivers, but did update a few of them. On occasion, Windows will boot okay and sometimes not. I have an image of the factory hard drive configuration that I'm thinking of installing. Luckily, I'm able to do all the extensive backups that will be needed. It is a pain in the derriere. Thanks again, Al.

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Try running this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks, but

Open explorer and right click on the drive. Select Properties, Tools, Error checking and click on Check now. Select both boxes and select Start. Then follow the prompts and restart the PC and let it run through.

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Sounds like a Software Conflict

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks, but

In that case.

What did you install just prior to this starting to happen?

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