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xp won't boot-loops w/blue screen?

By shanster72 ·
Not sure if this caused the issue but it's the last thing I remember..I tried to remove XP's SP2 from one of my pc's and it seemed to stop before it was done removing and error out so I thought nothing of it and continued to work then shut down for the night. This morning when I turned it back on it just started looping! I briefly see a blue screen as it loops & starts to go to windows then reboots?over and over.. What can I do? ALL of my files are on that HDD and I have no backups! Can I get my data back and if so how? I have access to a "backpack" would that help or Could I load another HDD into the pc as the master/or CS with a new install of xp then run the pc off of it and leave the other HDD (the old one) in and access it like a slave drive to get my data?

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by Sue T In reply to xp won't boot-loops w/blu ...

Are you able to boot into safe mode? If so you could try doing a system restore or maybe find out what is causing the problem and fix it. You can make the drive a slave to another hard drive and then move your data to the master hard drive or removable storage. I am not sure I would boot to the CD and do a repair because it sounds like your CD does not include sp2 (unless you have slipstreamed it in) and that could cause you more problems. I also think you would be able to do a system restore from the command prompt with the directions you get from Microsoft's site. If the file system is NTFS you may have to boot to a floppy made that recognizes it. Good luck.

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by dmiles In reply to xp won't boot-loops w/blu ...

Windows will reboot when there is a software or hardware problem,since it started when you removed SP2 this could lead you to a software problem,if so try restoring to point before installing SP2

Check the blue screen the next time you boot the system it will you the error code specifics as to what is causing the blue screen

The option of setting up the drive as a slave may be the course of action to take,since reinstalling and doing a repair install would jeopardize you losing data.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to xp won't boot-loops w/blu ...

The best answer is to load another HDD as a Master and after it is loaded you can then install your current Master Drive and recover your DATA and then back it up!

Just a word of warning however at first you may not be able to access your Data files as they are linked to a user through the OS which will no longer be running so you have to take ownership of the files read the following URL for the way to do this;en-us;268019


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Windows XP boots to blue screen then loops the process

by ffcasucci In reply to

I bought an Intel MB w/ mem stick and vid card. Put my hard drive in and it is sending me to start windows in safe mode, last known conf. and so on. I have tried all and it boots to a light blue screen for about a half a second. this screen has writing on it but cannot catch it. Then it continues to repeat this till I shut it off. I tried several HDs and same thing, I tried loading XP through CD rom half way through it says it is shutting down so it will not harm computer. ?????????

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by pnoykalbo In reply to xp won't boot-loops w/blu ...

If the second parameter (0xbbbbbbbb) of the Stop error is 0xC0000032, then the file system is damaged.

If this is the case, restart the computer to the Recovery Console, and then use the chkdsk /r command to repair the volume. After you repair the volume, check your hardware to isolate the cause of the file system damage.

To do this, use the following steps:

1. Start your computer with the Windows startup disks, or with the Windows CD-ROM if your computer can start from the CD-ROM drive.

2. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the Windows installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.

4. Type the administrator password when you are prompted to do so.

NOTE: If no administrator password exists, press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, on the drive where Windows is installed, type chkdsk /r, and then press ENTER.

6. At the command prompt, type exit, and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

If this procedure does not work, repeat it and use the fixboot command in step 5 instead of the chkdsk /r command.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to xp won't boot-loops w/blu ...

i think your idea and hal's is a good one. you can repair your original system later. you'll have a backup...don't panic if you can't open your files from the old hd, remember with a new os install, you may have to 'take ownership' to get around permissions...
there are lots of ways to fix this depending on what went wrong. if you have space on your hd and pretty confident no file system problems there you can install xp to new folder aka 'rescue' os installation. boot to that and take ownership of files and you are back. you can fix old installation if you want then.
can one use a pre sp2 restore point?
why didn't the sp2 uninstall complete i wonder. install any printer drivers others drivers new software? did you try 'press spacebar for last known good configuration' just in are the directions for that:;en-us;307852

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

did you see this one:
How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP
(304449) - Describes how to use the Command Prompt to start the System Restore Tool in Safe mode when you cannot start your Windows XP-based computer normally or in Safe mode.;en-us;304449

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

maybe these of interest:
After you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, your computer restarts continuously

and this one (which says yep you can use system restore)
How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from your computer
(875350) - Describes how to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) from your computer. Describes different methods that you can use to do this. Each method includes detailed removal instructions.

(873161) - Discusses the problem where your computer restarts continuously after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.;en-us;873161

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

oops. here is the link:
? How to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 from your computer
(875350) - Describes how to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) from your computer. Describes different methods that you can use to do this. Each method includes detailed removal instructions.;en-us;875350

also couple cents:
wonder if it would be good idea to update bios?
wonder why this 'one of my pc's' different? (this a laptop maybe?)
did you not have enough available hd space maybe?
maybe when you get sp2 back off and the system booting again you see what went wrong. you could do pre-sp2 updates of bios, mbd drivers, all other drivers pre-emptively so to speak. you could check all apps for sp2 compatibility espec. cd burner, anti virus utilities. remove or upgrade them to sp2 compat. version then try your upgrade again...

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