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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rbsdeans, May 19, 2010.

  1. rbsdeans

    rbsdeans Flightless Bird

    My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once restarted,
    the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to restart
    and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great difficulty
    in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and stops.

    Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will be
    lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    necessary files. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "rbsdeans" wrote:

    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to restart
    > and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great difficulty
    > in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and stops.
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will be
    > lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > necessary files. Any suggestions?


    Since you have already tried to reinstall Windows, that means that you have
    a good backup of all of your data, and applications; right? The install
    couldn't find several files because you are using an install disk that is at
    a lower service pack level than what you already have installed, and are
    trying to make a repair with a disk that is "missing" files. You will need to
    slipstream SP3 into your install disk. Then see the following:

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

    Be a real good idea to recover you data before going any further.
     
  3. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    rbsdeans wrote:
    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to restart
    > and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great difficulty
    > in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and stops.
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will be
    > lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > necessary files. Any suggestions?


    The question is, do you have some place to copy the files, assuming
    you could get to them ? A USB external hard drive in an enclosure,
    can be used as a means to save the files. For $100, you can get a
    fair amount of storage space.

    There are multiple bootable CDs you can use, to do maintenance on
    computers. I happen to use a Linux LiveCD, Knoppix from knopper.net,
    to do maintenance tasks. Ubuntu from ubuntu.com is another example
    whose name you might recognize. Both recognize and can work with
    FAT32 and NTFS partitions. But there are other (Windows based) ways
    to do that as well.

    There are even CDs you can download, to do AV or malware scans, with
    Windows offline. This is an example of one. For this CD to get
    the AV definition files, it needs a network interface that supports
    DHCP. Since my ADSL modem and router remain running, between
    reboots of my computer, I can boot this CD and it can use DHCP to
    automatically get an IP address and connect to the main site.
    Scanning is slow, but what do you expect for free :) Maybe
    your problem was related to malware already present on the computer.

    http://devbuilds.kaspersky-labs.com/devbuilds/RescueDisk/

    13 Jul 2009 08:03:12 120,985,600 bytes kav_rescue_2008.iso

    Paul
     
  4. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    Do you have a Recovery partition?

    "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    > restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    > restart
    > and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    > difficulty
    > in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    > stops.
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will
    > be
    > lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > necessary files. Any suggestions?
     
  5. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    sometimes upgrading the
    o.s. is not possible on older
    machines,

    especially those designed
    for xp.

    in any case, since you can't
    boot the hard disk,

    then you will need to boot
    with a bootable cd like a
    winxp setup cd.

    if you don't have one then
    you can borrow one.

    after booting with the cd,
    run repair and it will load
    the recovery console.

    once at the disk prompt
    run the following commands:

    chkdsk /r
    fixboot

    then remove cd, exit and
    see if you can boot the
    hard drive again.

    incidentally, you may also
    receive a message regarding
    the boot sector,

    if so, follow the steps above
    and run the command fixmbr.

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    "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    > restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    > restart
    > and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    > difficulty
    > in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    > stops.
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will
    > be
    > lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > necessary files. Any suggestions?
     
  6. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.

    John

    Bob wrote:
    > Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >
    > "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >> restarted,
    >> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    >> restart
    >> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >> difficulty
    >> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    >> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    >> stops.
    >>
    >> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    >> will be
    >> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    >> necessary files. Any suggestions?

    >
     
  7. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.

    What makes you think it's not correct?

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    >
    > John
    >
    > Bob wrote:
    >> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >>
    >> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >>> restarted,
    >>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    >>> restart
    >>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >>> difficulty
    >>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    >>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    >>> stops.
    >>>
    >>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    >>> will be
    >>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    >>> necessary files. Any suggestions?

    >>
     
  8. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Check your post times.
    "Bob" <bob@nowhere.net> wrote in message
    news:ht1chr$i4m$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.
    >
    > What makes you think it's not correct?
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >> Bob wrote:
    >>> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >>>
    >>> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >>>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >>>> restarted,
    >>>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    >>>> restart
    >>>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >>>> difficulty
    >>>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    >>>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    >>>> stops.
    >>>>
    >>>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    >>>> will be
    >>>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    >>>> necessary files. Any suggestions?
    >>>

    >
     
  9. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Your 300 PM post is showing as posted at 7:01 PM. Your computer might
    be in the wrong time zone.

    John

    Bob wrote:
    > It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.
    >
    > What makes you think it's not correct?
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >> Bob wrote:
    >>> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >>>
    >>> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >>>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >>>> restarted,
    >>>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    >>>> restart
    >>>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >>>> difficulty
    >>>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    >>>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen
    >>>> and stops.
    >>>>
    >>>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    >>>> will be
    >>>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    >>>> necessary files. Any suggestions?
    >>>

    >
     
  10. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Are you running WinXP SP2 or SP3 now?

    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    > restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen.


    Which updates were installed?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?


    rbsdeans wrote:
    > My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    > restarted,
    > the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    > restart
    > and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    > difficulty
    > in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    > stops.
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files will
    > be
    > lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > necessary files. Any suggestions?
     
  11. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 19 May 2010 15:01:32 -0700, "Bob" <bob@nowhere.net> wrote:

    > It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.
    >
    > What makes you think it's not correct?



    It is incorrect. It's 12:57pm here, and your post says 3:01pm *my*
    time.

    If you have the clock set correctly, then you must have the time zone
    set wrong.




    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > > Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    > >
    > > John
    > >
    > > Bob wrote:
    > >> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    > >>
    > >> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    > >>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    > >>> restarted,
    > >>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    > >>> restart
    > >>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    > >>> difficulty
    > >>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find several
    > >>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    > >>> stops.
    > >>>
    > >>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    > >>> will be
    > >>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and get
    > >>> necessary files. Any suggestions?
    > >>


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Flightless Bird

    Thanks, it was in the wrong time zone.

    "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    news:-OZgYHw49KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Your 300 PM post is showing as posted at 7:01 PM. Your computer might be
    > in the wrong time zone.
    >
    > John
    >
    > Bob wrote:
    >> It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.
    >>
    >> What makes you think it's not correct?
    >>
    >> "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    >> news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    >>>
    >>> John
    >>>
    >>> Bob wrote:
    >>>> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >>>>
    >>>> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >>>>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >>>>> restarted,
    >>>>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried to
    >>>>> restart
    >>>>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >>>>> difficulty
    >>>>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find
    >>>>> several
    >>>>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen and
    >>>>> stops.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    >>>>> will be
    >>>>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in and
    >>>>> get
    >>>>> necessary files. Any suggestions?
    >>>>

    >>
     
  13. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    You're welcome.

    John

    Bob wrote:
    > Thanks, it was in the wrong time zone.
    >
    > "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    > news:-OZgYHw49KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> Your 300 PM post is showing as posted at 7:01 PM. Your computer might
    >> be in the wrong time zone.
    >>
    >> John
    >>
    >> Bob wrote:
    >>> It is now 3:00 pm on 5/19/2010 and that's what my clock says.
    >>>
    >>> What makes you think it's not correct?
    >>>
    >>> "John John - MVP" <audetweld@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OQf7ZE49KHA.5848@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Check your clock, Bob. You're posting in the future.
    >>>>
    >>>> John
    >>>>
    >>>> Bob wrote:
    >>>>> Do you have a Recovery partition?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "rbsdeans" <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>> My computer updated automatically and prompted for restart. Once
    >>>>>> restarted,
    >>>>>> the computer froze at the blue Windows is starting screen. Tried
    >>>>>> to restart
    >>>>>> and got same thing. Tried to reinstall Windows XP and had great
    >>>>>> difficulty
    >>>>>> in getting it to go all the way through. Said it couldn't find
    >>>>>> several
    >>>>>> files, but finally completed. Still goes to blue starting screen
    >>>>>> and stops.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all
    >>>>>> files will be
    >>>>>> lost. Cannot get to start in Safe Mode, so no option to get in
    >>>>>> and get
    >>>>>> necessary files. Any suggestions?
    >>>>>
    >>>

    >
     
  14. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    =?Utf-8?B?cmJzZGVhbnM=?= <rbsdeans@discussions.microsoft.com> écrivait
    news:3A8DD2C6-5148-4161-87E8-929639DB4679@microsoft.com:

    <snip>
    >
    > Considered upgrading to Windows 7, but have been told that all files
    > will be lost.


    <snip>

    It's not exactly true, if you use an upgrade CD without formatting the
    drive (which is how it should be done), you shouldn't lose your files. All
    programs will have to be reinstalled and make sure drivers exist for all
    your hardware.

    It's allways a good idea to backup everything regularly on an external
    device (hard disks or CD/DVDs) so your data is safe if something goes
    wrong.

    HTH
     

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