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Windows XP Pro won't boot

By larryb
May 20, 2009
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  1. At start up I get to the MS Window with XP and the traveling icon going across the screen it then restarts again. It will do this over and over.

    I am unable to get to Safe Mode.

    If I boot from the original OS disk I do not see any where I can choose to reinstall XP without loosing data, apps, etc.

    Any help will be appreciated

    Larry

    Having read the various post I find that I have one major difference. When I boot from the CD I do not get an option to repair except from the Recovery Console. No other option to repair the present installed XP.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually Repairing Windows will not lose your data or apps ;)

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxpprofessional.windowsreinstall.com/sp2sp3installxpcdrepair/indexfullpage.htm

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxphome.windowsreinstall.com/sp2sp3installxpcdrepair/indexfullpage.htm

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    But I believe you are best try CheckDisk from bootup first :grinthumb

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/post694184-132.html
  3. larryb

    larryb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    problem with the procedure

    In my case I do not get the 1st window in Part 2 of the repairing windows XP Pro that MS indicates.

    I only get to choose a drive that XP will be installed on. Nothing about repairing.

    I figure it will install XP and I lose my data, apps etc.

    My CD disc is XP with sp2 on it.

    Thanks

    Larry
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That's so irritating when that happens!

    If CheckDisk didn't fix it, try this:

    How to Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt

    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

    Reference Here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449/en-us

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    Note: "The Command prompt" can also be the Recovery Console (ie The first R prompt) ;)

    Edit:
    You cannot run System Restore from the Recovery Console, but can be run via Safe Mode with Command Prompt C:\Windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
  5. larryb

    larryb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Note: "The Command prompt" can also be the Recovery Console (ie The first R prompt) ;)[/QUOTE]

    I am unable to enter Safe Mode with or without the Command Prompt.

    Your note, does that mean I should enter the Recovery Console using the CD?
    And then try to restore?

    Thanks
    Larry
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes
    Yes it does ;)
  7. larryb

    larryb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I entered the Console ok.
    I ended up with a prompt of
    C:\WINDOWS>
    I tried entering this
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe
    It says bad command
    I typed in both ways C:\WINDOWS>C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe

    Then I tried C:WINDOWS>\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe
    Still bad command

    Larry
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If rstrui.exe entered on its own doesn't work

    Then you need to Change directory to "system32\Restore" and then run it

    From C:\Windows (in the Recovery Console ;))
    ChDir system32 <enter>
    ChDir Restore <enter>
    rstrui.exe <enter>

    Edit:
    You cannot run System Restore from the Recovery Console, but can be run via Safe Mode with Command Prompt C:\Windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
  9. larryb

    larryb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I changed Dir as indicated and ended up with this
    C:\WINDOWS>SYSTEM32\RESTORE>
    Then I added rstrui.exe and got bad command again.

    Well three hours later while waiting for more suggestions, I let the start up cycle continue and all of a sudden XP came alive!

    I have since scanned for mal-ware and virus scan. I will also do a disk scan.

    Is there anything else I should do before trying to turn the system off and back on?

    Larry
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes create a System Restore point
    And run CheckDisk
    Note: CheckDisk will ask for a restart, only do this after confirming all is backed up first
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