XP Keeps rebooting on boot up & in safe mode

July 11, 2010 at 15:05:17
Specs: XP SP2
when i boot up my PC it goes through the usual process gets to my wallpaper with desk top icons blue screen appears very quickly then re-boots. (i cannot see what the blue screen says)
i have tried to boot up in safe mode again the system boots up but after being on for about 5 mins the pc shuts itself down.
i have tried a XP repair install but again it goes through the gathering information bit, when its about to install the files the pc restarts.
i dont want to but i may need to format the drive.

i built the pc myself about 3 years ago
no real issues with it, XP was running smoothly.

Me thinks i may have a trojan i did get 2 pop ups on boot up yesterday cannot remember what they were as i shut them down and ran my spyware software.

i have alot of photos on the hard drive i do not want to loose. if i buy a new hard drive and install XP can i then connect this hard drive and access the files on it?

Could this be an issue with the hard drive or a software issue

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July 11, 2010 at 18:18:22
While your problem is probably hardware related it may not be caused by your hard drive.

Reboot and hold down F8. If options where to boot from appear chose the hdd then hold down F8 again. When the boot menu appears select "Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure". This will allow the BSOD to be displayed. Note the Stop Error Code which should be something like 0x00000nn where nn is a hexadecimal display of the error code.

Google the error code for possible cause(s) and cure(s).

Good luck.

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