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. grog

    grog TS Rookie Posts: 23

    When updating or flashing Bios be sure you get the right one.

    There can be more than one board using the same name with some minor differance.

    The Bios number should be simpler to the one you have. Mine was 7.2 and the newest was 7.6.

    There is another K7N2 board called L not delta and it's Bios numbers our like 5.4.
  2. atlasm

    atlasm TS Rookie

    Mere24 the SISAGP file is coming from the discovery phase of the install. It's finding the SIS video Chipset/slot on your mobo and asking for the drivers it needs. It was correct to bypass the driver install unless you where using the on-board mobo AGP port (which I don't think anyone has ever used).
  3. newkid

    newkid TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Hi to all...

    Nice to see bunch of information in a single thread.. Good work indeed.. Thanks on the behalf of all new-comers who want to the know all the sfuffs which you guys mentioned at this thread.

    I have one little issue in win2k professional.. I was trying to install the IIS on my machine using win2k CD. I wasn't getting any single error during installtion. After Successful installation when i was trying to run the IIS.. it says.." Page can't be display".

    In order to rectify the error, i went into Internet Service Manager to find the reason.. What i saw there was that Default Web site under Machine name showing that service(Default Website) is stopped..So is default ftp site. I was trying to start it but after few minutes it prompt me the following error...

    The Service didn't respond to Start or Control request in timely fashion

    Can any helping soul put some light why i am getting the above mentioned error ? And how i can fix it ?

    With thanks !
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,182

    It can be a number of things from corrupt config files to a firewall blocking its desired port. We can't just guess out of the blue without knowing more about your installation.

    PS. I do not think this is the proper thread to talk about this.
  5. newkid

    newkid TS Rookie Posts: 30

  6. whcoombs

    whcoombs TS Rookie

    Xp repair problem

    I tried to repair of my windows XP O/S and it got 3/4 of the way thorugh and hit a fatal error.
    It says,
    "An error has been encountered that prvents setup from continuing. One of the components that Windowes needs to continue setup could not be installed. Incorrect Function"

    So I press OK to see the log and I get this.
    Fatal error could not register OLE control C:\Windows\system32\rsaenh.dll because of the following error Load Library returned error 193(cl).
    The signature for Windows XP Home edition Upgrade is invalid. The Error code is 800b0100.

    This all happens on the Installing Windows part of the repair. I then press ok and the computer restarts and continues to do the same think.

    Can any one help.

  7. grog

    grog TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Check the CD sounds like it might have some smugges on it which will cause this kind of error.
  8. edsel918

    edsel918 TS Rookie

    I've got a problem similar to the one described but with a twist. After copying a drive with drive image 7, I rebooted and everything seemed fine. That is until I tried to disconnect an external firewire drive. After that, whenever I try to logon to my user in XP, the computer beeps once and then I've got to hit ctrl-alt-del in order to get to the desktop. If I reconnect the external drive the problem goes away. I've pretty much isolated to a problem with the pagefile, or the lack thereof. The pagefile.sys on the c-drive is gone and the only one that exists is on the d-drive. I've attempted every conceivable way to reconfigure it to the c-drive but no luck. The registry says it's on c, but the computer will only work if the d-drive (external) is connected. Is this possibly a case where a re-install would work.


    System Specs:

    AMD Athlon 1400MHZ
    Asus A7M266
    512mb Mushkin DDR Ram
    WDC 80GB HD (NTFS)
    Maxtor 8GB on external firewire drive kit (FAT32)
    PNY Geforce4 4200 video card
    SB Audigy
    Linksys NIC
    WinXP w/SP1 and all updates
  9. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,218

    try connecting D: then boot into windows(so you don't get any beeps) and change the PF settings, make sure you set the PF setting for D: to none, as well as setting the PF size on the C drive. If you still have a setting in there for D: it will continue to look for a PF on D:
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    Re: Xp repair problem

    There's a few nasty possibilities why this happened.

    One being bad hard disk. Others being corrupted file system, bad CD or if you used a different version of XP home (a different disc than your original). While most XP home discs are the same, if you try to upgrade using an OEM like Dell with a different service pack version, you may have simliar problems.
  11. edsel918

    edsel918 TS Rookie

    I had already tried that combination of disabling the pf on D: and activating it on C: It won't delete it from D or even allow me to delete it. The registry even shows the location of the pf on C: .I'm starting to think that when I cloned the main drive with DI 7, it copied everything but the pf from C: If all else fails I may be left with no alternative than to do a repair install (unless someone knows of a way to put a copy of pagefile.sys on the drive manually.

    I appreciate the help. I had asked Microfrost for help. Well 2 days and $35 later I'm still waiting for a reply to the original solution they had given me (which I had also tried).
  12. acenumba

    acenumba TS Rookie

    i did everything you told me to do in order to boot from cd-rom,i put it in front of my hardrive as 2nd boot device and it doesnt even give me an option to boot from cd it just keeps going back to the sorry for the incconvince,and i dont think i have bad hardisk or anything.I think thr problem is a program i installed called battle craft vetinam,a modding tool for battlefield veitnam...but im sure that is the problem...i hope you understand me!:D
  13. anthonyarena

    anthonyarena TS Rookie

    I don't get the option to recover after I press Enter to install instead of selecting 'r' for recover. I do get the license screen, and I hit F8. I then get a screen that requires me to choose between the partitions I created when I originally set up the XP installation. I can set up Windows XP on the selected partition, delete the selected partition or create a partition in the unpartitioned space. If I select the large partition and shoose to set up Windows XP on the large partition, I get a screen that gives me a warning that I may not want to install windows twice on the same partition. This is where I stop, because I am scared that I will wipe out my data if I select to continue at this point.

    If I select r for recovery, Windows XP asks me for the administrators password. I don't remember what the password is that I set. After three tries, I have to reboot and go through the setup again.

    Does anyone know how to get a password that will override my administrator's password?

    What do I do?
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    Your Administrator password should be blank. Try pressing enter without typing anything.

    If Windows does not give you the option to repair, then you may have some very large problems. This is generally caused by the inability for Windows XP or 2000 to properly detect a previous version. This may be because many of your system files have been deleted.
  15. anthonyarena

    anthonyarena TS Rookie

    I have tried the blank password with no success. I am going to try purchasing new RAM as was suggested in another post.
  16. anthonyarena

    anthonyarena TS Rookie

    I have tried new RAM and it still does not fix the problem. Has anyone else had success with any other fixes to this error message?
  17. anthonyarena

    anthonyarena TS Rookie

    I have hired someone to access the hard drive and he was able to get some info off of the drive, although it keeps freezing up. The hard drive is bad and will be replaced. Fortunately, I have a back up for most of what was on the hard drive and I was able to get the important files that were not backed up.
  18. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    I'm very glad you had a backup! Disk failure is a sad, sad thing.
  19. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,488

    Just a quick Q...

    As my primary harddrive is slowly dying (it's freezing up for a couple of mins with strange sounds, then working ok (no corrupted files so far: ))), I'm going to install w2k on another harddrive to replace it.

    I've currently got the new harddrive in another system with a motherboard based on a totally different chipset than what it will be used on.

    Can I use the installation I've done on the other system in my main rig, by repairing the installation?
    (Would be nice to "just" boot up the new harddrive on my primary system, without having to install w2k once again)

    Did anyone understand that?
  20. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 4,512   +65

    Yes, this is very possible. About 19 out of 20 times, this will work.

    I have done many, many repairs with both XP and 2000 and I have only had perhaps 2 scenarios where a repair did not work after transferring system components.

    Of course, it is always best to do a fresh installation though.
  21. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,488

    Thank you, you've saved me from yet another installation :)

    I've been using the new drive to troubleshoot another system, and put 2k on it 2 days ago. (And I just don't feel like installing it once again if I can avoid it)

    So thanks Rick :)
  22. bakertime361

    bakertime361 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I used to have a 120 GB Western Digital HD and a 20GB IBM (slave) hooked up to my computer, but just the other day i replaced the 20GB slave with a 3.5 GB slave to hold a few files. Well, right after I replaced it, i turned it on and also saw the "windows did not boot properly screen" When I press start windows normally, or any of the options to start Safe Mode, The XP Home screem begins to appear, then it restarts the computer. This just happens over and over. My question is would the repair that you recomended for the problem above also work for this? Obviously im trying to avoid having to reformat. Also, because my computer only shipped with a certificate of authenticity and no XP cd, will the repair work with another XP cd as long as i used my key? Thanks for the help,
  23. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 3,874

    It sounds to me like you could have that 3.5GB disk not set properly. Try hooking it up as slave instead of cable select.
  24. bakertime361

    bakertime361 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Tried that already. It was set on slave, but i also tried it on cable select. I put it back to the setup that was running orginally and it would still not boot. It did the same thing on other computers when it ran as the master :-/. Anyone know if doing the repair installation will help the problem?
  25. bakertime361

    bakertime361 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Yet another only gets worse

    Ok, so I mentioned the problem i was having before, but I'm going to go through the whole thing since ive had more serious problems since i originally posted.

    Ok, so I first posted because when i booted my computer, I got the screen that said "Sorry for the inconvienance, but Windows did not boot properly..." so on, etc. It gives the options to "Start Windows Normally" "Run in Safe Mode" "Safe Mode with networking" and i belive one more option with safe mode. So i tried each and every one of this with the same result. After clicking on it, the XP screen appeared faintly for a fraction of a second before the whole computer restarted and did the whole thing over again. I let it go many times and it just repeated itself the whole time. The setup that I had was a 120 GB Master and a 20 GB slave. The problem occured when i switched the slave with a 3.5 gb slave to hold some files for a friend. Ive had many people offer solutions with jumper cables, bios, etc, but ive tried all that. The jumpers were right, and bios looked normal. So, while trying to find an XP disk from a friend or family member, I connected the 120 GB drive to another computer as a slave. It ran fine as a slave, except for one thing. On startup, a screen would come up saying that Windows wanted to check the drive for errors. Many times I had pressed Enter to skip it, but one time i did not. It deleted a number of "corrupt files" and continued with a normal boot. So, desperate, I decided to try the boot on my normal computer one last time. I used the original setup that used to run properly (120 Master, 20 Slave), but an even larger problem occured: the computer didnt recognize the presence of the hardrives. It tried to boot from my DVD drives, so i restarted and entered bios. Well...bios can't recognize 'em either! I'm in desperate need of help!!!! This situation went from fixable to...."oh $%#@". I'd appreciate ANY ideas. Thanks in advance.


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