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Windows wont boot'

By CNTInTraining
Apr 27, 2007
  1. This morning i woke up and i started up my computer. It gets to the blue screen where it says "Starting Up". I cannot make it past this screen at any point, and even tried safemode.

    Windows Xp Home

    PLease Help Fast
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    When Windows gets to the "Starting Up" bit, what exactly happens?

    Have you tried a Windows repair as per this thread HERE?

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    just stalls, mouse is still moveable
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    In that case, before doing anything else, I recommend you test your ram and hard drive for problems. If they checkout ok, then try a Windows repair as per the link I gave you above. Hopefully, you don`t have a hardware problem.

    See these threads HERE and HERE for info on Memtest86+ and hard drive testing utilities.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    on my windows xp cd, it takes me to a command prompt screen instead after i hit install.
    Does cd have to be same service pack?
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No, your Windows cd doesn`t have to be the same service pack. However, it will wipe all Windows updates and revert your Windows installation to whatever version is on the CD.

    I still recommend you test your ram and hard drive, just in case you have hardware problems.

    You say your Windows cd is taking you to a command prompt. Are you booting from the Windows cd as per the instructions in the repair Windows thread I linked to?

    If you are, I`m not sure why it`s doing that.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    im booting from the cd and its taking me to know what i know is recovery console. Dunno where to go from there
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No, you don`t want the recovery console.

    Follow the instructions in the first post in this thread HERE for running a Windows repair.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    did the repair and no avail, still hanging
    how would i test the hd
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Download the diagnostic utility for your hard drive. If you can`t find it, take a look at this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  11. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    how can i run it if i cant boot into windows
    edit : n/m
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It runs from a floppy disk or a Cd that you can boot from.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  13. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    ok tried burning the bootable version to a cd and it wont boot it.
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ok, download the Powermax ISO and burn it to a cd as an image. Your burning software should tell you how to burn an image file. Then, you should be able to boot from the cd and run the tests.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  15. CNTInTraining

    CNTInTraining TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    scanning now tyvm, wikk keep updating thread
     
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