win xp fails to boot

Ms / Benq joybook
February 24, 2009 at 01:24:37
Specs: Windows xp home, 166mhz/512mb
when booting up it only gets to the safe mode option screen and when i choose safe mode or any other option it gets as far as the 1st windows xp screen and the reboots , any suggestions ?

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February 24, 2009 at 03:33:21
This could be a number of problems. It could be the core OS files that xp uses to load the OS. If it fails during the xp loading bar or just before it could be the file NTDETECT.COM.

Restore a copy of the file through the recovery console:

1) Boot with you XP CD.
2) Select the Repair option
3) Navigate to the root directory: cd ..
4) Copy from the xp cd to the root directory: copy d:\i386\
also it wouldnt hurt to copy ntldr either: copy d:\i386\ntldr
5) Select to overwrite the existing.
6) Reboot.

If this fails at least you can rule out the system files... good luck !

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