Windows XP Home not booting

By mblethen
Feb 23, 2008
  1. My COMPAQ has windows xp home and now it will not boot. I have went through putting the xp software back in the CD Drive and did a reinstall of the setup routine. The next step was for the computer to restart so the setup would begin. The computer restarts and gets to a blue screen that says "setup is being restarted........" then computer keeps rebooting over and over and never gets by that point. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Most likely a failed or failing hard drive.
    Is the drive older than two years. Is it a Maxtor, Hitachi, Samsung, or Western Digital. What is the size of the hard drive.
    You are at risk of losing any data on the hard drive.
  3. mblethen

    mblethen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Drive is a western digital and the notebook is definitely more than 2 years. Hard drive is 20GB. Problem started with msn hijacking homepage and changing register values.
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