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    Question WinXP Failing To Boot

    I've got a problem with a PC running Windows XP, the last time it was used it was not shutdown properly (someone turned of the power at the mains before it had finished shutting down). Now it won't boot properly I've tried booting normally and booting into safe mode and i think i tried last known good config but it fails to boot.

    My suspicion is that because it didn't get shutdown properly it has caused some major corruption somewhere in windows. The PC in question didn't come with an actual windows disk, it came with a recovery disk. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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    have you tried to run chkdsk from command prompt after starting up in safe mode and choosen command prompt ?

    "chkdsk /p" or "checkdsk /p /r"
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    What error do you get? A blue screen of death, error messages, or nothing at all?

    It could be anything from a driver corruption (use system restore), corrupted windows install (use repair) or maybe the BIOS has an update which flashing may resolve the issue (it has for me in the past). If you post what happens we can help you more.

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    Or the boot partition became corrupted. If the HDD was writing when the power was cut there could be a whole lot of problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    Or the boot partition became corrupted. If the HDD was writing when the power was cut there could be a whole lot of problems.
    True and for that I would recommend using Steve Gibsonís product SpinRite as it has saved my data many times in the past and is worth the money.

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    Well, you haven't tried the last resort yet - Running Recovery Console. This option can be accessed using your Windows XP installation CD.

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    Well... If everything fails... Simply reinstall your OS

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    It's not getting to the point of showing error messages. When try loading in safe mode, it gets as far as displaying the files that it's trying to load then it restarts. I've had a real short glimpse of a BSOD.

    I'll give the repair option a try at the weekend, it that fails i'll reinstall windows. Another reason I thought of last night after i'd turned the offending comp off is a possible partial hdd failure, the comp is about 4 years old.
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    Could be a hard drive problem now. Just in case a reformat fails, just buy a new HD.
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    If the hard disk is causing problems, it would be cheaper to use SpinRite which I know has a high amount of success and will recover all your data. (No I do not work for GRC)

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    running chkdsk from the recovery program on the xp disk then rebooting with last known config seems to have done the trick, no defragging, scandisk scheduled to run on next reboot and i dug up the installer to speedfan which i can use to get the health of the hard drive (from the smart)

    EDIT: Have now managed to get the anti-virus program working again, its detected 3 malicious packers so far (scan running atm) so i'm going to re-install windows
    Last edited by SpacePhoenix; Mar 21, 2009 at 06:45. Reason: Added more info
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