Windows starts but doesn't finish

By Slantey
Jun 26, 2015
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  1. Hi. I'd be really grateful for some help! Since 22/6 my pc hasn't booted into Windows (XP, SP3): the Windows startup window appears for about 30s, then screen goes dark & all hdd activity seems to stop. (But monitor stays on, without the expected No video signal message or whatever). CTRL-ALT-DEL does nothing, so I have to press the reset button. I can boot into safe mode, but I don't have networking/online access even if I choose safe mode with networking. (Poss because I use a usb wifi adaptor?). Booting into last known good configuration doesn't have any effect, nor does System Restore (2 restore points tried). I don't remember anything untoward happening on 21/6. I've posted on the Virus & Malware forum, but I've been told that nothing looks suspicious. Any ideas please?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    You may have to re-install XP fresh
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    YES. These D*** devices get in the way all the time because you have two layers to contend with:
    • USB-> WiFi
    wire-up a connection and retry
  4. Slantey

    Slantey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks to both of you for your suggestions. When building the PC , I included a 2nd hdd with XP on it, so am using this way in while weighing up my options. At least I've got access to my files etc that weren't included in last back-up! So I can take my time & do more investigation before doing anything drastic. Regards, & thanks again.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Okay, good luck:)

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