Windows XP keeps restarting

October 4, 2009 at 19:06:17
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
recently every time I've turned on my computer it gets to the part when the black windows xp loading comes up and then it will suddenly restart before it gets to the welcome window. I've tired restarting loads of times and they all fail. system restore works fine and I've turned off automatic restart on system failures but it still restarts when the black windows xp loading page finishes.

any help please? without the reformatting my xp tip.

thanks


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#1
October 4, 2009 at 19:34:04
If it will not boot to normal windows try safe mode. If no go try just the bios.

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#2
October 4, 2009 at 20:09:26
what is bios and how do i go to it?

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#3
October 4, 2009 at 21:02:09
Bios is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS

How you get in there is to press esc, F1 or F2 when the pc is booting up. It will tell you as you are booting up on the bottom of your screen before you see the windows logo and scrolling bar.

If you can get in the bios and it will stay there and not reboot automaticly then it's not your proccessor.

If you can reboot into safemode and it's holding then it may be a bad video card or just a windows software issue.

WARNING: In the bios do not make any changes unless you know what you are doing.

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#4
October 4, 2009 at 22:40:39
thanks for the reply, i went into bios and it didn't restart but when i exit and saved changes it automatically did the same again when the windows xp logo immediately finished loading.

more help please


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#5
October 5, 2009 at 08:58:08
Will it boot into safemode? From complete shutdown, repeatedly tap the F8 key after the three lights in the upper right hand corner of your keyboard blink.

If it will not stay in safe mode then take out our video card, (if not onboard). Then plug your monitor into the onboard.

Let us know what happens.

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#6
October 5, 2009 at 16:59:20
Thanks for the reply

It stays in safe mode just fine.

But whenever I boot in normal mode it restarts when the windows xp logo finished loading.


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#7
October 5, 2009 at 19:14:20
If it boots in safemode then try this trick. Start, Run, type msconfig. Go to startup tab and uncheck everything, press apply and ok, then reboot.

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#8
October 5, 2009 at 22:53:21
This sounds almost identical to my problem with XP. When I reach the "Windows XP Home Edition Setup after pressing R for Repair, it locks up with the bottom of the screen displaying: "Examining 76294 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 atapi..."

Help?
Thanks, Tom


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#9
October 6, 2009 at 16:19:34
thanks yellowbelt for the reply.

I did as exactly you said and reboot but this time instead of restarting it came up with this blue screen (not the welcome screen) It says Windows encountered and error and has to shut down then it says I should disable BIOS chache and that stuff and I should check my disk space? what does that mean?

Should I write down the technical information and see if it's similar?


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#10
October 6, 2009 at 16:55:50
Now this sounds like either a registry error or bad ram.

If you have your Win Xp cd then put it in the cd drive and boot to safemode. Start, Run, type CMD, then type "sfc /scannow" (without quotes). That will repair the registry.

If it's a ram issue the take out all your ram and insert one stick at a time back in. (not with the pc on of course)

Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhapsonly weigh 1 1/2 tons.

~ Popular Mechanics, 1949~


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#11
October 6, 2009 at 17:12:00
Ok thanks for the reply.

I don't have a windows xp disc, but I did do some scans and a lot of bad things came from the registry should I remove them?


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#12
October 6, 2009 at 17:42:46
What program did you scan with?

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#13
October 6, 2009 at 17:45:37
Spyware Doctor

Spybot Search and destroy


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#14
October 6, 2009 at 18:46:20
Spyware Doctor I have heard of, but never used and Spybot S&D is an ok product. I would not remove anything from the registry from Spybot S&D.

The key is to repair/restore the registry not to remove. You are going to need an XP cd. You can run sfc /scannow without the cd and just hit enter when it pops up with install xp cd etc. .


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#15
October 7, 2009 at 16:34:02
how do i get to sfc/scannow?

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#16
October 7, 2009 at 20:43:58
Post #10 minus the xp cd.

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#17
October 15, 2009 at 02:28:47
I have the same problem but with windows 7 on my laptop
It used to restart on the welcome screen all the time.. till I removed the profile password.. I noticed that if the windows pauses for any reason on the welcome screen (i.e.: for a login password or a system update screen)
I had no problems without the login password, till I downloaded the 11 updates of 15-10-09 and the screen "Preparing to configure windows, Do not turn off your computer" appeared, pausing the login screen and dragging me into an infinite restart loop.
Can anybody help me through this (without formatting)?
Note: Problem is not due to: Bios, bad sectors, drivers, registry corruption nor custom boot programs (as it did work fine without login passwords)

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#18
October 15, 2009 at 06:12:47
hi

When your PC starts
Toggle the F8 key
You will get the choice to boot with options

Select directory services debug mode...
This will do chkdsk on your pc and rectify the errors and will
start your pc normally

Thanks
Jitendra Deria
Microlystic, Ahmedabad , India
info@microlystic.com


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