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XP boot failure -- help !

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jkadtke, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. jkadtke

    jkadtke Flightless Bird

    Hello,

    I have recently had a major system failure, specifically my Windows XP will no
    longer fully boot. When I power on my computer, it gets to the "windows had
    a problem starting up" page, where it gives options for starting in safe
    mode,
    normal mode, etc. However, no matter which option I choose, the computer
    cycles through startup and comes back to this same page. I have tried hitting
    F8 and getting to the advanced options, but I get the same result. Nothing I
    try works. I suspect there are corrupted sectors in the core system
    somewhere.

    Does anyone have any ideas ? If I can at least get it to safe mode, I could
    run CHKDSK with the repair option. Alternately, are any of the disk repair
    products out there actually useful ? they are expensive and don't look like
    they would really help.

    FYI -- my computer is a Sony Vaio laptop, and I have been diligently
    keeping Windows updated, using system cleaners and security software, etc.
    However, this failure occurred within a day of doing a disk image backup
    using Acronis.

    thanks, Jim
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "jkadtke" wrote:

    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > I have recently had a major system failure, specifically my Windows XP will no
    > longer fully boot. When I power on my computer, it gets to the "windows had
    > a problem starting up" page, where it gives options for starting in safe
    > mode,
    > normal mode, etc. However, no matter which option I choose, the computer
    > cycles through startup and comes back to this same page. I have tried hitting
    > F8 and getting to the advanced options, but I get the same result. Nothing I
    > try works. I suspect there are corrupted sectors in the core system
    > somewhere.
    >
    > Does anyone have any ideas ? If I can at least get it to safe mode, I could
    > run CHKDSK with the repair option. Alternately, are any of the disk repair
    > products out there actually useful ? they are expensive and don't look like
    > they would really help.
    >
    > FYI -- my computer is a Sony Vaio laptop, and I have been diligently
    > keeping Windows updated, using system cleaners and security software, etc.
    > However, this failure occurred within a day of doing a disk image backup
    > using Acronis.
    >
    > thanks, Jim


    Since you have an Acronis disk image from before the failure, just restore
    from the Acronis image. If the machine still won't run after the image
    restore, you probably have a hardware failure.
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    See replies to your previous post.

    jkadtke wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I have recently had a major system failure, specifically my Windows XP
    > will
    > no longer fully boot. When I power on my computer, it gets to the
    > "windows
    > had a problem starting up" page, where it gives options for starting in
    > safe
    > mode,
    > normal mode, etc. However, no matter which option I choose, the computer
    > cycles through startup and comes back to this same page. I have tried
    > hitting F8 and getting to the advanced options, but I get the same result.
    > Nothing I try works. I suspect there are corrupted sectors in the core
    > system somewhere.
    >
    > Does anyone have any ideas ? If I can at least get it to safe mode, I
    > could
    > run CHKDSK with the repair option. Alternately, are any of the disk
    > repair
    > products out there actually useful ? they are expensive and don't look
    > like
    > they would really help.
    >
    > FYI -- my computer is a Sony Vaio laptop, and I have been diligently
    > keeping Windows updated, using system cleaners and security software, etc.
    > However, this failure occurred within a day of doing a disk image backup
    > using Acronis.
    >
    > thanks, Jim
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:6C0E0FC0-B732-4613-B21A-1CC673D32D2C@microsoft.com,
    jkadtke <jkadtke@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > Hello,
    >
    > I have recently had a major system failure, specifically my

    ....

    However, this failure occurred within a day
    > of doing a disk image backup using Acronis.
    >
    > thanks, Jim


    Well, since you have an image from the day before it happened, why not
    restore the Boot drive with Acronis? That's exactly what images are for!

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     

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