XP won't boot past Splash Screen, wont boot i

November 23, 2009 at 16:05:52
Specs: Windows XP
Whats going on guys,
I have a Windows XP Professional Edition and i incurred a spyware virus on my PC, so i made a dumb decision by running MSCONFIG and changing my SAFEBOOT option, I did this because previously I couldn't even get into Safe Mode, it would load the files on the screen

and my CPU would reboot, i even tried the other Safe Mode options (command prompt, networking, etc.) I still couldnt accomplish logging into a Safe Mode. But I could still log into Windows Normally.

BUT Now (after changing my SAFEBOOT option in MSCONFIG, thinking i couldnt log into Safe Mode that way), I cannot even log into Windows XP (PERIOD.) Normally or via Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, or any-other way. My CPU loads up and once it reaches the Windows XP Splash Screen it appears to be normally loading, then my screen goes blank and my system reboots, It reboots in an endless loop, i could leave this sucker on for a whole month and it would still be in an infinite boot loop between the start-up of the CPU and the Windows XP Splash Screen..lol

my problem is similar to this guy's


Before I get any suggestions....

Yes, I have a Windows Xp Recovery CD that i created using an .ISO image burning application.
Yes, I tried chkdsk /r
Yes, I changed by boot configuration in the Recovery Console using BOOTCFG. I'm aware the problem was in the Boot.INI because it read /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal . I fixed that problem by edit/deleting the "/safeboot:minimal" with BOOTCFG
Yes, I've tried FIXMBR
Yes, I've unplugged all USB Connections
Yes, I've tried this solution http://www.ehow.com/how_5004158_fix... (the EXPAND of Kernel32)

....Nothings solved, still Boot Looping

No, I can't perform the EXPAND command like "expand d:\i386\kernel32.dl_" it would tell me "system file cannot be found" (when i tried the solution in the link above.)
No, I can't Re-install Windows XP in the Recovery Console, it tells me this when i attempt to: "Setup cannot find the End User Licensing Agreement"

YES, I'm Sh*T outta luck unless somebody can please help me out.
Thank You in Advance, It's much appreciated.

Does anyone have a solution for me??

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November 23, 2009 at 16:32:41
Not a solution as its not at all obvious what has happened
from your post!

Have you tried disabling automatic restart on failure (should
be option on the safe mode menu, assuming at least SP2).
This may stop on a BSOD with possibly some useful

My feeling is you need to do a complete reinstall/restore from
good backup - after backing up any personal files from your
installation, if you need to of course, as they'll all be wiped

A repair reinstall might work (assuming you have XP install
CD) - depends on the damage that's been done to your
installation by malware & your subsequent attempts to fix it!


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November 23, 2009 at 16:44:21
Thanks for replying Steve Dunn

I will try disabling automatic restart on failure, im guessing this is done by pressing F8, i'll try that when i get home. Any other sugesstions?

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November 24, 2009 at 18:48:15
Okay so i disabled Automatic restart, now im at the infamous BSOD!! And its telling me an error along the lines of my Kernel32.dll is missing..... M*thaF*cker!

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November 25, 2009 at 04:29:30
A repair install might be easiest path to go at this time? But first... via a Knopix/Ubuntu (Linux) CD/DVD boot up and copy all data off the system to optical-media; so as to sagfe-gurad it all... Then set about recovering a working system, one way of another...

Also verfiy that the data copies are truly accessible on another working system - just in case... - before going thru repair etc. efforts?

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