XP Pro OEM Freezes at Splash Screen help!

By nixxy
Feb 8, 2007
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  1. Ok if this topics in forums answered please dont direct me with a link as i need very specific info on this on my system.

    Problem:​


    When booting to XP it reaches XP loading splah screen and freezes permenantly before the bar can begin

    Cause

    Ok the be all and end all or stupidity ME. i deleted unintentionally the major system boot files from the c:\ of my windows when it would boot up. I KNOW WORST THING I CAN POSSIBLY DO!!

    files (HIDDEN) deleted were:

    boot.ini
    errlgr
    msvci.dll
    autoexe
    msdos
    ntldr
    ntdetect
    CONFIG
    IO
    ---------------------------

    solutions tried:

    Using xp disk (wrong version realised later on but have the orig now)
    tried to use recover console to replace the ntldr & ntdetect files from disk
    (failed for obvious reasons being i tried it from a win xp pro corporate not OEM)

    Inputting through recovery console the boot.ini files

    actual data input

    "[boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect"

    failed to recognise the xp on hd at all just give me option to start this then reboot each time. Also when trying to use XP cd OEM or Corp no access given to the hd when checking the disk
    ie
    i found trying to use xp cd to go into re-install / recovery console failed as it trys to read the disk it just dies / freezes

    ****Now i can access the hd xp install files from it as a slave drive and manually opening the disk.

    i tried copying the files from a running xp corporate edition into the place i deleted em from with the "my orig xp version OEM" ntldr & ntdetect and this boot.ini

    "[boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect"
    UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS BOOT INI THIS ACTUALLY WORKED UPTILL THE SPLASH SCREEN

    and now i can boot the splash screen again but it FREEZES AT THE SPLASH SCREEN

    so i gone from a non booting to a splash screen,

    what i need to know

    can i reinstate the xp on that drive from simply copying file onto the c:\ folder of it and if so can some1 tell me the details i need for the boot.ini to make it recognise the install AND BOOT into the OS it please.

    In advance any help is appreciated and i will respond to each msg but thanks loads for helping me with my stupidity :p
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Unless you need to save data on that drive, I would reformat and reinstall WXP to fix the mess... otherwise, you are looking forward to a long history of fixes and problems and fixes. What you describe is a severely corrupted WXP system.
    If you are having trouble even attempting a reformat and reinstall, get back to us.
  3. nixxy

    nixxy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    kewl well,

    1. i just need to boot it up for a short period of time maybe 3 hours to obtain some stuff i cant seem to access from the direct folders as a slave drive and ill wipe it but

    2.i have trouble with it formatting as i cant acess any where beyond where you get these steps

    BOOT FROM OEM XP CD (same version as on hd)

    follow steps ie blue screens

    cant get to where i need to access the install new windows on the hd
    cos as it loads xp install onto it it has to scan the hd for drive settings, location ect. but it freezes there trying to scan the hd any ideas?

    ive recovered the majority of what im after but could do with gettin other stuff but a last resort ill just wipe and re ini
  4. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    You can access your data, installing another WXP drive jumpered as master, and that drive jumpered as a slave, then drag and drop or use the Windows software for file transfer.
  5. nixxy

    nixxy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    done that but i have a lot of stuf on my desktop that i cant seem to access
  6. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    Ok... i know i have a few links, but it saves me from retyping the whole post(s) or page. Besides, they're pretty informative.. :D
    Try taking "ownership" of the folder > http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8914.html

    have you tried a windows Repair yet to see if it fixes your corruptions? instructions> http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html

    Otherwise, in recovery console, there's a command that checks for damaged/corrupted system files and scans for them. Its called sfc /scannow

    another command that you'd probably be interested in is fixmbr

    try getting into safe mode...
  7. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    For instance?
    I assume these are files beyond your Documents folders?
    Are you certain you know where to look for them?
  8. nixxy

    nixxy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    although i will try the system recovery you mentioned on this site, i cant get into the xp recovery console as the scan disk part of the startup just dies.

    Also im intriugued by that "folder ownership" 1st time ive ever heard that, i can access the desktop folder the stuffs in but nuthing shows so maybe this can get me in to speak. Cheers loads for your help 1st day on the site and already ive had more help than my googling. ill see you guys around the site as i contribute as i like it here so thanks loads.
  9. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    nothing shows? sure they're not just hidden or you're in the wrong folders? right click the one thats supposed to have something in it, and go to its properties. If its got some size in it that means it could be set to hidden.
  10. Tedster

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

    you're going to have to reformat the drive before reinstalling windows again. Just installing will not fix your problems.
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