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Windows won't boot. Looping on loading screen

By Aboncher
Mar 21, 2009
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  1. For the past 2-3 days, my computer has been acting funny. Primarily, it has been shutting off at random times, and sometimes not being able to boot back right away.

    Today it has shut off and now it will not boot properly. This is what happens:

    I turn on PC.
    I get message saying windows was shut down unexpectadly.

    If I choose start windows normally, I get to the XP loading screen, and then my computer restarts.

    If I choose to start in safe mode, I get a long list of what looks like different files, etc. I can not get past this screen.

    I've tried resetting BIOS. Didn't do anything.

    I'm trying to repair the partition after booting from the CD. Any thoughts on if this does/doesn't work? What would be the next step?

    My guess(I'm really not very good with computers, so I may be way off) is that unfortunately my hard drive is dying/dead.
  2. Frenzy

    Frenzy Newcomer, in training Posts: 56

    it appears the the master boot record isnt loading properly or is corrupt. do u have a windows install disc? if so u need to use the windows recovery tool, once loaded u type fixboot or fixmbr and that should sort it . my mum had a similar problem lol
  3. Beanboy

    Beanboy Newcomer, in training

    I agree, happened to one of my PCs not too long ago - do a repair install and it will be fine...
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    shutting off at random times is a sign of 1 or more of the following. Troubleshoot in this order:

    1. bad or failing PSU. test with a tester tool and multimeter under load.
    2. bad or failing ram. check with memtest 86+ booted from a floppy or CD
    3. overheating.
    4. other failing devices. bad or incorrect drivers.
    5. other items....
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