unable to restart windows xp pro ... help!

By zubadoo
Nov 21, 2006
  1. Recently I have been unable to restart my computer .... when turning the computer on, I get to a screen that says:

    We appolgize for the inconvienience, but Windows did not start successfully.

    I then get a bunch of options such as:
    Safe mode
    Save mode with Networking
    Safe mode with command prompt
    Last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    Start windows normally

    I have tried all of these and each one hangs after selecting it.

    So, unsure what the problem was, I removed my hard drive and connected it as an external drive to a friend's computer. By doing this I am able to access some of the files (other user), but not my own. When I try to access my folder, I get an "access is denied" message. I think this is due to the way I configured the security settings or maybe because I am accessing this drive through another computer.

    Is there any way to address the first issue (unable to reboot) or to get into safe mode? Could this be a registry issue? If I could get into safe mode then I could activate an older (working) copy of the registry maybe.
    Is there a way to reset the security settings on the drive so that I can pull off all my files and reformat the drive?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Get your friend to run scandisk on your hard drive!!! That may help!!!!
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

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