Window Reboot Loop

February 11, 2011 at 12:57:21
Specs: Win XP SP2/3?, 4GB

I'm running Win XP and have had a persistent win32.dll error for awhile - the generic host service etcetera. Usually it just glitches my sound.

Tonight it stopped opening new programs. So, I reboot to fix it - like usual. Only now, I've managed to convince it somehow that It has to reboot. It loads through the bios and the boot sequence like normal, gets to my 'classic' style windows login pane - but instead of initialising the dialogue, the screen loses input and the PC reboots.

So far I have:
1) Swore at it
2) Tried a WinXP CD bootfix
3) Tried a WinXP CD repair installation
4) Sworn at it some more.

I'm now running linux off a disk in order to post this, but was wondering - am I doomed to a complete reinstall? I know it's likely the error is related to a persistent and underlying problem, but I wanted to spend my weekend enjoying myself, not reinstalling OS and drivers!


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February 11, 2011 at 14:08:02
XP Logon Screen Does not Appear and the Computer Continuously Restarts
Black Startup Screen Is Briefly Displayed, Computer Restarts Repeatedly
Access the Recovery Console and extract a new copy of the Kernel32.dll file from the original WinXP CD
1. Start recovery console as described above
2. Insert the WinXP CD
3. At the command prompt, type CD system32, press ENTER
4. Type ren kernel32.dll kernel32.old, press ENTER
5. Type map, press ENTER
6. Go to the drive that contains your CD
7. Type expand drive\i386\kernel32.dl_, press ENTER; Kernel32.dll should be listed as 1 file expanded
8. Type exit, the computer restarts
9. Remove the WinXP CD

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February 11, 2011 at 14:14:05
Also > Win XP SP2/3?

Start > Control Panel > System. In General you will find what you are running, if not SP3, once you have this problem sorted out, get it.

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February 12, 2011 at 01:41:30

I followed the instructions RE: New kernel.. (specifically, I followed the first link you posted, since that was the ailment that afflicts my computer) and it all went off like you said it would

and it still doesn't work.

If it's any consolation, I think the win CD repair installation is now trying to log itself in to 'finish' which might have messed it up...

((wait, I didn't take the winxp disc out the drive! I'll give it another go!))

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