Continuos boot cycle

By shortman78
Aug 3, 2008
  1. Hi there,

    I have just recently installed a new motherboard on a machine, since doing this i can't get into windows. the screen saying windows was not shut down appears, when i select any of the options the machine just reboots. Can't get into safe mode either. I have tried the recovery console but i have not been provided with the admin password so i can't log into it.

    The machine is running windows xp home edition.

    Thanks in advance

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Hi Matt
    This is normal, if the Motherboard chipset has changed.
    Here is the ONLY option (other than re-install!)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step

    You do not lose any data, or programs or anything; except all the Windows Security Updates to the version of your Windows CD.
    ie. Make sure to Download SP3 once it's working again

  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The Admin Password is blank, just <RETURN> to get tot he next step.
    SAFEMODE Mode startup is where you to to turn off the automatic reboots. So you have a serious problem.
    RE-examine your install after a day away from the machine
  4. shortman78

    shortman78 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That looked to be working but then it started to boot continously again but in the middle of the re-install stage. Now when rebooting it goes back to the setup but says insuffiecient system resources available.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Go to the Windows XP CD Recovery console
    Boot from CD
    Select R
    Log on to Administrator
    You'll see a Dos like (black screen)

    On the command line, enter:

    chkdsk c:/r

    Allow Check Disk to Repair any issues

    Type Exit to restart, then contine the WINDOWS Repair
  6. shortman78

    shortman78 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    that's the first thing i tried but I can't get into the recovery console because i dont know the admin password, Apparently it was never set (the machine is my cousins), and when i try the password as blank it says incorrect password. I've ended up doing a clean install on another disk and it seems to be working fine now.

    Thanks for all your help.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    lol :)

    You know I've been away for a few hours just then.
    But I should really tell you that the Administrator (or any user) password can easily be removed (or could have been!)

    There's a completely legal (ok) free program, that you can freely download, that creates a bootable CD, and reads your Windows password.
    Simply and Easily.

    Just search Google: LiveCD Windows Password cracker (Hint it starts with O)

    Anyway, better to be clean install (but sad too)
  8. shortman78

    shortman78 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all your help :). I'll download that program for future use :-D
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