Win XP HP Desktop boots only to safe mode after power outage

September 4, 2012 at 09:33:06
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, 250GB/1024MB
I had a power outage and my desktop computer is stuck on the microsoft page loop. I can boot it in safe mode and I did a restore to 2 days prior successfully. All of my files are still there but I can't get on the internet or anything is safe mode and it won't boot in normal mode.

This happened one other time and then it started working again after my daughter took the computer home and took out the hard drive to get files copied for me. When I got it back it worked fine.

I don't need files saved this time but I would like to fix this. I had ordered discs from HP the last time this happened. I have the 2 system recovery discs plus a supplemental media center disc. I am pretty sure I also have a Windows XP here but I think I used it on another computer. I don't know if that matters.

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September 4, 2012 at 14:26:06
It might be possible to use any full xp disk to repair it. Best would be a slipstreamed disk you make that has sp3 in it and any drivers you might need.

I think the last part on this page is it.

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September 4, 2012 at 14:41:47
Is a Windows XP that the key was used on another computer still good or do I need a new key? I am almost positive that the one I have with the key is one that was used on another computer. I am assuming that if I have to use the recovery discs that I got from HP that Windows XP is part of that bundle but then I lose all the software I loaded on my machine and that will be a pain to reload.

I will do it if that is the only way though.

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September 4, 2012 at 15:06:59
Also I saw this on a website I went to..."WARNING: do not attempt to use this guide to slipstream your Windows XP Media Center 2005 disk. Slipstreaming of this version of XP is not supported by Microsoft. "

This is the version of Windows that is on my computer.

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September 4, 2012 at 20:34:20
You may simply need to do a Start Up Repair. You can do this from the recovery disk or from the installation disk an this would not effect your files or programs.

The recovery disks would not need you to have a new key to do your reinstall if you do need to go that way but the retail install disk would need a new key since the one that was the with the disk was used and it would not recognize the OEM key that you currently have. You will however need to reinstall all of your programs and put back all of your files with either of these two options.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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