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Windows starts to boot up, but then shuts down.

By Vaughands
Mar 31, 2008
  1. Recently when using a Ubuntu LiveCD on my computer to try it out, I put it in and explored a bit. After shutting down I successfully returned to Windows, however trying to do this a second time resulted in a wall of text, I caught some things and something failed. On shutdown mind you.

    Now booting my computer it reaches the BIOS, and starts to load Windows XP for say, 4-5 seconds then shutsdown. It also will not boot into Last good Configuration or into safe mode.

    There's not too much sensitive/important data on the drive, however if it IS simple to repair I'd prefer that over trying to reformat. However, I'm now frightened to even put my Windows XP disc in, should it still load? I doubt itthe power supply, but could you give a list of causes possibly?

    -Vaughands/Vaughan Hilts
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Choose one or more

    (most of these you need you Xp CD)
    Run CheckDisk from the Recovery command prompt
    Run System Restore (%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe)
    Run Repair (2nd R prompt)
    Format and remove all partitions and reinstall Windows
     
  3. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Not to question you, but I can't exactly run system restore if the computer will not boot? Is there a method I am unaware of; something from the CD?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes there is (a method)

    Boot from your Xp Cd
    Go to the first R
    Log on to Administrator (ie press 1 then enter, <- not the other way around that I do all the time!)

    Then type: rstrui.exe (and then press enter)

    Actually I'm not sure if you have to change directory or not
    If it doesn't work type: %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
     
  5. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I'm gonna go try that now, thanks. Is there an order I should try them?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    The order above is correct

    Try to start Windows, after each one
     
  7. Vaughands

    Vaughands TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    ChkDisk worked =) Thank you.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks for letting me know
    :)
     
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