Windows did not start successfully

By sakura2285
Oct 2, 2011
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  1. A few days ago my pc started showing this msg everytime i switch it on:

    "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this."

    I didn't install any new hardware or software though.
    And it gave me the options of:
    Start in safe mode.
    Safe mode with networking.
    Safe mode with command prompt.
    Last known good configuration setting (most recent setting that worked).
    Start Windows normally.

    I can't get into safe mode. If I select start windows normally, it goes to the windows xp logo with the bar loading at the bottom, with the bar just loading and loading. I can only get log in with selecting Last known good configuration.

    Also, the pc hangs aft some time, and I end up having to restart the com a few times. I'm guessing it's prob something to do with the problem?
    I've tried system restore, and chkdsk, and it still doesn't work.
    I've seen solutions saying to just install Windows XP again, but I don't have the cd. I do have a set of recovery disks burned from the computer when I first got it. Is it the same?

    Anyway, that's my last resort if possible. Are there any other solutions I can do besides re-installing Windows?

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    The hard drive may be going bad or it's data may be corrupt... A hard drive going bad can corrupt it's data by itself. You could try using the old recovery discs

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