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How to repair Windows XP/2000 if you are unable to boot into Windows

By Rick ยท 374 replies
Oct 20, 2003
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  1. mobiledemocracy

    mobiledemocracy TS Rookie

    Greetings All,

    I was not allowed to post a new thread since this is my 1st post.

    XP will not boot and this is the scenario:

    1st display I got was a safe mode/last configuration/start normally display.

    I chose safe mode and a list of about 30 system drive files appear with a long pause then for a split second (I had to video record this and pause it to read it):

    STOP: c0000218 (Registry File Failure)
    The registry cannot load the hive (file):
    or its log or alternate.
    it is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
    Beginning dump of physical memory
    Physical memory dump complete.
    Contact your system administrator or etc for assistant

    The the averatec (manufacturer) logo appears for 2 seconds then returns to the safe mode/last configuration/start normally display.

    When I choose anything other than safe mode, it basically does the same thing though the MS*ft logo appears instead acting like it will load then returns to the safe mode/last configuration/start normally display.

    I F8 to set the load to CD to see if I would get a message telling me to insert a CD but it just returns to the safe mode/last configuration/start normally display.

    Thanks for being online!

    - JZ - http://mobile-democracy.net
  2. colgudin

    colgudin TS Rookie

    refusalto boot with Windows XP Home edition

    When I turn on computer - Advent laptop - it refuses to boot into Windows XP just get following two alternatives Delete Restoration Data and proceed to system boot memory or Continue with system restart neither will respond in any way.Solution?refusal to bootwith Windows XP Home edition
  3. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Is this any help ?

    This is from Microsoft FAQ's
    Quote :
    How do you perform a reinstallation of Windows XP, sometimes called a repair installation?

    Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

    When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

    Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

    Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

    In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

    Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
  4. freakof

    freakof TS Rookie

    Hey people, I just registred here since I saw you guys help everyone and i have kkind of he same problem ,but can't get it to work...
    I run windows 2000, and I'm missing a file from the system32 folder, now windows can't load, not even safe mode.
    I tried to boot with the windows 2000 cd but it asks for the windows repair disc, which I don't have...Any other way to repair it?
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Why not just do it over again.You can't have any thing to lose.
    Just overwrite what you have now.I think you might get a repair option.
    Watch closely during the process.
    If you never got it to load.How do you know a file is missing though.
    What is it's name ?
  6. freakof

    freakof TS Rookie

    It's a file called "systemced" in the folder: Windows\system32\config.
    It's trying to boot from the hard disk and it can't because it's missing this file.
    For now what I did was reinstall Windows on another partition, but it's kind of annoying...
    And I can't find this file in my current Windows, so I can't really repair it...
  7. darkboot

    darkboot TS Rookie

    disk error occured

    Ok Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Here is my problem.

    Started up PC last night and it began to go through multiple reboots, turned it off, disconnected the power for a few minutes to see what would happen. I still reboots.

    I pop out the XP disk to repair, it prompts: hit any key to start diagnostics, it then says it is inspecting the system...then black screen.

    Did some digging on the Western Digital site and downloaded the harddisk tool, reset boot device back to cd rom and waited. Nothing.

    I have tried starting with floppy, cd rom and hard drives.

    Comp is a ViciousPC (just learned they may be out of business)

    MB - P5ND2-SLI
    Proc - 2.8 dual core
    2 gig of memory
    videocard - 7600 overclocked (factory)
    HD - 2 western digital SATA II 160 gb in raid 0 config

    No matter what I try, I get the "disk error occured" and hit ctrl+alt+del to reboot.

    The harddrives feel like they are spinning. I have pulled and reset every SATA cable, plus reset the bios jumpers. Even pulled the battery out overnight to clear the cmos. I am at a loss at what to do. I would go and buy new harddrives, but would hate to not be the problem.

    My next step is to disconnect one of the drives and try the xp disk, I am going to lose the data anyways!

    Thanks for any help you guys can provide

    LEDHED TS Rookie

    the guide here is just what i was looking for but i have a quick question, if you have vista installed on a partition separate from your xp partition, will any problems arise, i ask this because i heard that the new bootloader that comes with vista screws up the installation of older versions of windows. I personally don't think it should have any impact but i really don't want to screw up my computer and end up having to format every thing. Sorry if this question has already been asked but i really don't want to search through all these pages.
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,572   +65

    During the repair process, a new MBR and boot loader will be added by the XP install. I don't know if the XP boot loader can load Vista or not, since I've never tried it. This means you may have to repair your Vista MBR / boot loader using the Vista install disc.
  10. CNelson

    CNelson TS Rookie

    Ok, I did all of that, but my computer still fails to boot from the CD. It goes to the POST screen, then says "Boot from CD:_" and then to "Press any key to boot from CD...."

    It then goes to a pure black screen for about 30 seconds. Next, multiple, white progress bars pop up. After about 5 or so minutes of that it says, "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

    You can attempt to repair this by putting in the CD etc."

    Now that is fine and dandy and all, but I can't get it to boot from the CD! Any other suggestions that you guys could give?

    (Just as a side note, what causes this to happen? I was just talking on aol instant messenger, when my computer started going very very slow and unresponsive. So I tried to restart my computer and it just went completely unresponsive. I ended up just clicking the restart button, and then got into this whole mess. HILF MIR BITTE!!!)
  11. forumq

    forumq TS Rookie

    I had to repair install, xp with my recovery disc just as well described here after being infected by a mal. exe. I knew that I would lose all of my OS updates, but now windows update doesn't want to work at all anymore, Im stuck with the standard (unupdated) version. Although I get notified that there are updates available, it is only "Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1", after thinking it is installed, It always gives the message that the update can't be installed. Ive also tried to manually download and install IE7 but that also doesn't want to work (same with MP11).
    I also end up at the same spot when I use windows update from the browser.
    Could someone help me out, with this one? Thx
    Ask me if you need more details.
  12. Tv.boy

    Tv.boy TS Rookie

    ummm... not sure if this has been mentioned befor(19 pages is little much....)but my windows scred up becasue i held the on button on my Pc while it was installing an update(i know alil noobish) any ways when i try booting from disk it says "Seup is now inspecting your systems configuration" for justa hundredth of a second then it goes blasck and hags so i cant do anything witha a keyboard ands its entirely balnc. Dammit now i cant even reformat

    P.S plz reply bak to me fas t i cant do annnything
  13. Bosco1

    Bosco1 TS Rookie

    Just as SornyPanafonic, I also recently upgraded from an ASRock mobo, 2.4 Celeron with 1G DDR, to a GeForce 6100/64 bit Dual Core Athlon with 2G DDR2. I conducted a repair vice a new O/S install and only get as far as the Win XP Home Edition logo screen before I get a blue screen with the following stop code:

    ***STOP: 0x0000007E (0x0000005, 0xBA248750, 0xBA4C3450, 0xBA4C3150).

    Everything was working fine prior to the upgrade. Please, if there is anyone that can assist me in getting my system back up and running, I would greatly appreciate it.
  14. Jeff H

    Jeff H TS Rookie

    Rick (or anyone else for that matter):

    I'll start from the beginning. The other day, the power went out several times in the span of maybe 45 minutes. After the first power loss, I turned my computer back on, thinking nothing of it...when the power went out a second time. I thought that was strange, but I turned it back on shortly after the second outage, and it had barely finished loading my desktop when the power went out again. I gave up trying to turn the computer on for a while after that, and just let it be. However, when I went back to turn it on, I got the familiar symptoms: "Windows couldn't be activated," a list of choices like, "Start Windows in Safe Mode," "Start Windows Normally," etc. and none of them worked. So I found this thread, and followed Rick's instructions until I came to a screen that showed this:

    The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartioned space on this computer

    To set up Windows XP on the selected item press ENTER

    To create a partition in the unpartioned space press C

    To delete the selected partition press D

    and when I selected C: Partition2 (Unknown) 76254MB
    it told me that "The partition is either too full, damaged, not formatted, or formatted with an incompatible file system. To continue installing Windows, Setup must format this partition". So what do I do next? There is an option to "Format the partition using the NTFS file system"...not sure what that means. I'm just trying to figure out how to get my files back without having to take my computer in and pay a few hundred bucks.

    Any help is appreciated (and sorry for the length, but I figured the more details, the easier it would be to help).
  15. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Do NOT use this if you wish to see your files again. You can at this point, if your files are that important try and use the hdd on another pc to transfer the contents off it just in case, otherwise, try the below:

    Load up the bood cd again, instead of going through the installer, hit "R" to get to Recovery Console. Perform these commands in bold (just type in that command when it comes up with C:\>)

    CHKDSK /f - this will check the HDD of any errors present and attempt to fix it
    sfc /scannow - this will check your windows system files to see if they are ok. You will need the Windows XP cd to perform this step (which you've booted from.. so don't worry).

    sfc /scannow might be able to fix up your problem without the need of the repair, so try to boot back into windows again to see if it worked or not. If it still doesn't, then go ahead and try the repair.
  16. Jeff H

    Jeff H TS Rookie

    I did the CHKDSK command, and it found one or more errors on the volume. sfc /scannow was not a recognized command (did I do it wrong?) And should I run Automated System Recovery when the Windows Setup is starting? (it says press F2 to run ASR when I press any key to boot from the disc)

    Nevermind, the CHKDSK got me back into my computer. Thanks a million, you saved me big time!!
  17. tamsicle

    tamsicle TS Rookie

    Hi I googled this forum as I am having problems with my computer not starting up after we had a power surge. Is the information in this thread what I should follow? as I am really scared of stuffing it up and deleting or losing all my photos and stuff on the computer. The computer doesn't get any further than the first screen and just sounds like its working it's a... off trying to boot up....but nothing!

    Please someone help (not too technically savvy so please no fancy tech talk)

  18. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    First repair

    It's very possible you might need a new Power Supply.
    Would you like an outline of what to do if you have a Power Surge.
    1.Use a Quality Power Surge Power Bar if you hadn't been.
    Mine has $ 10.000 insurance.
    Home insurance might cover this if the computer is destroyed.
    More if you ask.
  19. ryanbg

    ryanbg TS Rookie

    Trying to re-install windows xp


    I was trying to re-install windows xp just following the instructions here. The problem is after windows installer uploads file to the computer, the computer crashes (blue screen) it says isapnp.sys. Thanks for any help.
  20. playn2dend

    playn2dend TS Rookie

    Hey newcomer Will here,
    I have a /windows/system32/config/system problem and i have read previous articles about going into setup but there is not welcome setup screen it goes from first screen to the second where it says to boot from cd (the origional xp cd) press any key and i do but there is no response, and then i go to the window on the config problem....help....and thanks

  21. radiodoll

    radiodoll TS Rookie

    windows won't boot and when i follow the directions to repair windows through the setup it says that it is an unrecognisable partition and asks to format the partition in order to install xp :( i ran chkdsk and it got to 25% before it stopped and said their were unrecoverable errors on the disk.

    can anyone help me?
  22. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    What i just done

    I was going to try repair,but decided to Format and reinstall XP.
    If you can save all your personal files and things like Favorites to another partition or disk,judgeing by chdsk results that seems best.
    I'm not sorry i did as my computer performs much better.
    But i also updated Mbd and cpu in a new case.
    If you decide to and want to save OExpress email it's very easy.
  23. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Computer questions/problems are not supposed to be posted in this forum.

    If you have any questions pertaining to any of the topics in this forum, open a new thread in the appropriate forum and ask. I.E for this topic, questions should probably be posted in our Windows OS forum.

    Thread closed.

    Regards Howard :)
  24. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,410   +809

    Topic reopened, in case people insist on using XP or 2000. You know who you are :)
  25. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Thank you, Julio.:)

    I'm still (happily) using XP.

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