Windows Not Loading

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ~bk, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. ~bk

    ~bk I Political User

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    Alright, so Windows XP Home isn't loading on my dad's laptop. :\ I'm getting the following error:

    It tells me to repair it by inserting the Windows XP CD.

    Things that I have tried already:

    - Inserted the Windows XP CD to repair it. I went pretty far, then I got stuck. I didn't know what to enter when it showed me the legend to repair files?

    - Tried booting from Safe Mode. Still didn't work. Getting the same error.

    - When starting up, I pressed F8 and selected 'Last Known Good Configuration'. Didn't work either.

    Any ideas on how to fix this without loosing my data? :(
     
  2. American Zombie

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  3. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    What do mean didn't know what to enter? what was it asking?

    Unless XP Home install is different than the XP Pro install, you can either run a repair (hitting "R" I think) right at the start of the setup process, or you can go through like you are doing a new install which at some points detects you have windows installed already and will give an option to repair the existing install.

    Beyond running the repair and/or using the recovery console.. you have tried the recovery console, right?

    You can always try to either a) reinstall windows on top of itself (ie: point the installation to the c:\windows folder) or b) install windows to a different directory (ie: c:\windows2 or something). Option a) should preserve most application installations. option b) will require most applications to be reinstalled.
     
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    ~bk I Political User

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    I ran the CHKDSK through the Recovery Console. Took quite a while, but it works fine now. Thanks American zombie, fitz, and Grandmaster. ;)

    Any idea why it happened?
     
  5. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

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    Windows is strange. Eww at the pink.
     
  6. ~bk

    ~bk I Political User

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    OS X ftw then? :p

    And hush, I like the avatar. :lick:
    Will work on a better one later.
     
  7. fitz

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    always happy to try to help.. although I think the others did most of the work :)
     
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