How to get to command prompt on Windows xp

February 3, 2014 at 11:32:34
Specs: Windows XP
The computer constantly cycles through the initialization process. It gets to the windows start up page and cycles back to the safe mode page. If you try to select any of the options it just runs its cycle again. I have tried going to bios and pressing f8 and it just does the same thing. I am attempting to wipe the memory on the computer and install a new OS.

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#1
February 3, 2014 at 12:56:13
To get to the command prompt tap F8 continuously after powering on. On the list it should show the Command Prompt options, although I'm not sure what you have in mind to do there.

There is one simple thing you could try which occasionally helps get you out of cycling. Turn off the computer and disconnect from domestic power. If it's a laptop remove the battery too. Finally hold the Power4 Off/On button in for about 20 seconds, then reassemble and hope.

Are you saying it restarts when you are looking at the BIOS screen? If so it might be an overheating problem. Best hold off wiping the computer for now until you are sure it is not a hardware fault.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
February 3, 2014 at 16:20:57
Pressing F8 takes me to the Windows Advanced Menu were if I click on Safe mode with Command Prompt it just starts cycling again. What I am attempting to do is reformat the hard drive so that I can install a working OS.

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#3
February 3, 2014 at 16:28:28
Maybe it would help if I tell you that the current OS is missing quite a few files and what I am trying to do is get to the command prompt to do a format:c so that I can install a new OS.

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#4
February 3, 2014 at 16:50:17
What operating system are you installing?

Windows will not let you "format c:" while it is running. Normally you just boot from the Windows CD/DVD which takes care of all that. Read through this (Win 7 example):
http://social.technet.microsoft.com...

Is there some background to all this - you might still have a hardware fault?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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