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Computer shuts down after loading Windows Me

By dani9678
Sep 28, 2008
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  1. I have a computer that shuts down after loading Windows. When it is loading, a menu loads just before windows with 4 options I believe. You can pull this menu up when pushing F8. It doesn't matter which option I pick, It will shut down just before Windows loads. But just before it shuts down, it will display the following message "It is Now safe to Shut Down Your Computer". Any ideas?
    Thanks

    Matt
    Zephyrhills, FL
  2. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Bumping to the top.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Windows ME, was stated that it should be re-installed every 6Months (of normal usage) to continue to work properly

    Do you still have the ME disc and key (COA sticker on the side of your case)
    If so, then if backing up is not required, it may be best just to re-install fresh

    Edit:

    I found ME brand new here for a buck!
    But it would be sad to unseal it
  4. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a copy of Windows Me, but not what came on the computer. It is an upgrade version. I also have a copy of Windows Xp which also is an upgrade version.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Then you need any 98 CD (But you don't need the key for it)
    There is a workaround though, that you can use the existing files installed on your ME system, but it's preferred to do a clean install anyway

    By the way, if your computer can take it, install Xp (Because ME is not supported by MS, being very old now, and Xp is far better anyway)
    But you will need an XP key that is not currently in use (otherwise both computers may be de-activated)
  6. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How would I go about getting another key for XP?
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  8. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 133

    I knew windows Me was crap from having used it way back in the day but recommend reinstalling every 6 months? I believe it but wow...what a pile.
  9. Star*Dagger

    Star*Dagger TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Might be the beginning of sentient computers that reject the installation of sub standard software.

    Give your computer a snack for being smart, then install a real OS

    S*D
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,671   +879

  11. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I I'll have to buy another copy of Windows XP? I already have one copy for my other computer.
     
  12. Star*Dagger

    Star*Dagger TS Rookie Posts: 17

    depends on license, most likely you have to buy another copy. M$ demands worship at that altar of capitalism
  13. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Kimsland mentioned getting another license key for the software. Does Microsoft sell additional software keys for Windows XP?
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 3 Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116058

    Yes you can purchase multiple packs from MS
    All with their own CDs. The law is that each computer should have:
    1 key
    1 CD (or image)
    1 Book (that's that book you get with the CD, it's actually required to be legal !)
  15. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Last night I tried to reinstall WindowsMe but the computer would shut down just as the Windows CD was loading. It gave the same shut down message a split second before it shut off. Is there another way around this so that I can install the program?
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please run Memtest for at least 7 passes for a thorough test of your Ram

    By the way, how much Ram is it ? (Because Xp, if you install that, requires 256Meg, or ideally 512Meg, and preferred 1Gig of Ram)
  17. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I believe it is 512MB. I have Windows XP one one computer already and don't want to install it on the other if Microsoft is going to lock both of my computers out if it detects the same registration on 2 computers. I know that I have to have it verified everytime I have had to reinstall it on my computer or else it would only give me 15 days I believe before it disables. If I had it verifed on the other computer then wouldn't Microsoft detect it on 2 different computers?
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Lets be clear

    Scenario one
    Xp activated and working on computer1
    Same Xp not activated on computer2
    Both computers will work

    Although I should mention this is not legal, as each computer with Windows Xp installed (activated or not) requires it's own product key

    Scenario two
    Xp activated and working on computer1
    Same Xp activated on computer2
    Both computers will automatically de-activate, you will also see popup warning messages, that you cannot remove

    Scenario three
    Xp activated and working on computer1
    Different Xp activated on computer2
    Both computers will work happily and legally :)
  19. Star*Dagger

    Star*Dagger TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Scenario Four (non-gamers) - Install Linux and tell M$ to frack itself
  20. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "Kimsland"
    Yes that is what had already crossed my mind. The computer that has the problem originally had Windows XP on another drive. It was having the same problem as Windows Me is now except insead of shutting down, it would just freeze after you made a selection no matter if it was safe mode, normal mode, etc. I wanted to put XP on the drive but I was afraid that I may run into problems with Microsoft if I had 2 of the same operating system on 2 different computers with the same license key. So instead, I installed Windows Me on another drive that I had instead of overriting the op system on the other drive. That way it would still be there if I could fix it later. Anyway, I later installed the defunct Windows XP drive in my other computer as a secondary drive so that I could extract the license key from it and then reinstall XP but now my other computer will only recognize it as a removable hard drive. I don't know why it is doing this as it recognized it before. Anyway if possible, I would like to get windowsXP to operate again on the other drive if I can get my computer to recognize it as an internal drive and extract the license key. That way I will be legal.
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Try different motherboard connections (ie there are multiple Sata connections usually)
    Confirm drive is set to CS (Cable Select) on ATA drives
    Unplug the CD/DVD Drive (or floppy if you have one)

    Also here's that keyviewer

    Keyfinder 1.06
    http://majorgeeks.com/Keyfinder_Thing_Lite_d5253.html
    License: Freeware
    Requires: Win All
  22. dani9678

    dani9678 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The one that I used was Jellybean Keyfinder. I believe that is the name. I am not sure right now. I will have to check when I get to the house.
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