Windows XP Freezes At Loading Bar

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Geoffrey January 27, 2009 at 01:44:55
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4Ghz Dual/2GB DDR2 RAM
So before Xmas I was having a problem where my Windows XP SP3 installation would freeze at the Windows XP loading bar/logo screen on boot. It would just stop dead for me to press the restart button on my machine and when it booted it went into the Safe Mode etc screen so I had to press Enter to start Windows normally. I've exhausted all attempts to figure out whats wrong. I've scanned my RAM for bad sectors Memtest 86+, I've used chkdsk to check my HDD for errors - nothing. I've reseated both my RAM and my processor - nothing. I've updated all drivers on my system. The machine runs like a dream except this one problem and it happens 100% of the time. Its used to do it maybe 50% but now its all the time. Anymore suggestions?

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January 27, 2009 at 06:34:57
Have you tried a Windows Repair?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 27, 2009 at 11:35:07
Try this to see if it's one of the programs that auto startup that is causing the problem. Start msconfig > in the General tab select 'Selective startup' and deselect 'Load startup items'. Reboot and if it boots ok, restore the selections in the General tab and start eliminating things in the msconfig startup tab.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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