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XP Home BSOD - Cannot See!!

By Analyticus ·
I have a WXP Home - SP2 computer that boots to a blue screen and then re-boots. Not enough time to see the message to fix the problem.
No Administrator password is set, so I can't access the Recovery Console.
What I really need to do is change the "Automatically Restart" option on System failure setting in Startup and Recovery, but I can't get there... Can't boot to Safemode either.
Any ideas?

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by whistl3r In reply to XP Home BSOD - Cannot See ...

Insert your Windows XP CD and select repair. You're files will still be available after Windows repairs system files.

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by whistl3r In reply to

What Brand name computer do you operate?

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by wcp In reply to XP Home BSOD - Cannot See ...

Hit F8 key and choose the following from the Startup menu.

Disable automatic restart on system failure

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by wcp In reply to

If you do not see the new boot option, you may need to edit Registry to change the setting.

Refer to

Use Method 2. Instead of installing Windows, connect your HD to a computer with Win2K or XP.

Or you can use a third party SW to boot and to edit Registry.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to XP Home BSOD - Cannot See ...

you are saying you have tried a blank password for he admin account? since you have sp2 you should be able to press f8 durign a cold reboot and pick 'do not restart the system on error' (oh dear that is not the exact phrase)
that should 'freeze' the boot at the blue screen of death and you can look up the error message at or post it here
try unplugging all the externdal devices
if u pick safe mode from the Start Menu (the f8 thing) does that boot?

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by Analyticus In reply to XP Home BSOD - Cannot See ...

Only options on pressing F8 are:
Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Safe Mode with Networking
Last Known Good
and Boot Normally
No option to "do not restart on failure"

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