Windows XP home will not boot

By Alhole
Dec 13, 2007
  1. I just recently had problems with my boot.ini files but got them all fixed by using recovery on my xp disc but windows still wouldnt boot. So then i did a recovery install of widows xp. When i restarted and did its thing it got to where windows would boot up but all it did was sit there on a black screen and then the white bar came up and thats it. What is the next step in fixing this issue without having to totally reformat windows. Please help
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    How old is your hard drive, and what brand is it? What computer brand and model do you have? You likely will have to considered a total reformat and reinstall? But I would buy or obtain another drive so that you can connect to your current one as a slave or usb drive to drag and drop, or recover all your data. Sometimes that is necessary to make a corrupted install behave.

    One of the usual problems is a failed hard drive... where the leading edge of one of the plates begins to bubble and flake off... but often they are drives with lots of miles on them... or exposed to a lot of heat. If a failing hard drive is the case, you will find the problem becoming progressively worse until you lose everything.

    Finally, if you run a "repair" with an OEM drive, or a recovery disc from a computer manufacturer, an academic WXPH version, or an upgrade version, the limited repair it can do often doesn't work properly or at all. You need a full version that is not one of those I just listed, in order to have your best luck.
  3. Alhole

    Alhole TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for replying. harddrive is fairly old but cant see it being bad it was working up until i started to download some new updates for windows and my computer restarted in the middle of the updates for some reason.. anyway when i was rebooting was when the boot.hal errors began and now i am at this point
  4. Alhole

    Alhole TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also i have a 40 gig maxtor and a 120 gig wd partition with windows loaded on the larger one and i built my computer myself.
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You are not alone. Do a Google search for Boot.Hal errors for a lot of commiseration, and possible fixes. This is apparently a big problem in Ubuntu installs.
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

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