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Windows XP won't start

By Kua
Apr 21, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I have a new, more pressing problem.

    First I'll come clean, the problem occured when I was deleting some license keys in order for a torrent program to work. No idea why but suddenly I couldn't open any programs. So I rebooted. The reboot only took me as far as the blue screen with the windows icon in the middle.

    I've looked through other posts and it seems one should boot up with the XP cd...but doing this just leaves me at the same screen.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    If you have a regular Windows XP disc, and not a manufacturer "recovery" or "restore" disc, you can sometimes cold boot to the Windows disc and select the repair mode.
    Otherwise, your only wise choice is to reformat and reinstall. It should be possible to save your data to a second drive that works well, using your current drive as a slave.
     
  3. Kua

    Kua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 64

    Yeah I tried booting to the XP disk.

    What a pain! I don't have a second HDD and I'm not so sure how to save data to it in any case >.<.
     
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