BSOD, error 07E, wits' end

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 31, 2009 at 12:17:18
Specs: Windows XP
This is a dual-boot XP/2K system with XP SP3 as the default.

After a recent reboot following an XP lockup (common occurrance for years), I got a BSOD:

.Stop 0x0000007e (0xC000001D, 0x8050B740, oxF7A5E50C, 0xF7A5E208)

(No file specified, alas.)

None of the other topics in this forum involving that error code seem on point.

Rebooting normally or into any of the safe modes, gives the same error.

Rebooting into last known good config gives the same result, as does enabling VGA.

Attempting to restore the system via the install disk produces the same error after the first reboot.

The MSKB article on the subject is for a different first parameter (05 instead of 1D), does mention a specific filename and in any case, those suggested solutions don't work or aren't applicable.

This should indicate a hardware problem, but Win2K still boots (from the same partition) without issues, as does Kubuntu from a CDROM. Memtest86 finds no problems. A hardware issue ought to show up there, too, I would think, so I have tenatively ruled that out.

Googling for my specific error parameters, has led to removing all USB devices. (I normally use a PS2 keyboard and mouse anyway.) This also didn't make any difference.

I notice that during the attempted XP boot, the windows splash screen appears very dim at first, then brightens up shortly before the BSOD. This is abnormal.

I usually use ERD Commander when I want to get outside of Windows in a GUI, but it also dies with a fatal system error.

I can't get into anything except the recovery console in XP -- not even a command prompt.

I can get everywhere in 2K, for what that's worth, so I can work on the XP installation as needed.

I have no notably new software or Windows updates, though I did have to recover the system three weeks ago from a bad malware attack. It's been working just fine since then.

I am out of moves. Any ideas on how I can get XP back on its feet?

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December 31, 2009 at 13:48:14
When you invoke Safe Mode there is an option to use System Restore instead. Did you try that?

If nothing else this response will keep your message alive :)

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December 31, 2009 at 14:51:14
I'm not certain what you're referring to, it may be that I don't get that far. I have the F8 screen which includes the options to boot into various flavors of safe mode, and the last known good configuration (is this what you mean?) &c., but none of the options on the screen actually succeed. I have no more opportunity to intervene before the system reboots.

So if you are speaking of an option that appears after the F8 screen, I don't get that far.

I get the dim splash screen, which brightens up, then the machine reboots.

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December 31, 2009 at 15:04:15
If you can get into recovery console you may be able to navigate to the Restore folder:
and execute rstrui.exe which is the System Restore interface

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December 31, 2009 at 15:49:19
You can't run System Restore from the Recovery Console
It would have been a good idea for MS to have had, but they didn't do it

rstrui.exe Can be run from Safe Mode Command Prompt, or just run it from Safe Mode itself

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February 15, 2010 at 12:30:13
I think this is what you need:

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