Solved Windows XP not starting

July 12, 2011 at 19:31:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have an ASUS Eee pc 1001px and windows xp will not load properly. I get a message on an empty desktop that says "cant find cgew.exe in c:/windows/temp" . I tried booting into safe made but that too does not complete - it just reboots and goes back to then F8 screen. This happens in every mode I have tried - safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, etc etc. I tried making a USB bootable flash drive but that gives me the drive as C:/. What I am trying to do is reinstall XP completely but I need it to boot from external CD and no matter how I change the boot sequence in BIOS it just wont boot from it. In addition, Boot Booster does not appear
in BIOS so I cant use that to restore.

I thought of removing the hard drive and formatting it and then installing XP again but that seems a little too complex and is a job for a technician as there is no direct access to the hard drive and the notebook needs to be taken apart.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated


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July 13, 2011 at 00:34:36
"remove the hard drive, format it then reinstall on another computer maybe"
Will not work, XP only works on an identical motherboard.

I gave you a flash drive program.



#1
July 12, 2011 at 21:05:58
"What I am trying to do is reinstall XP completely but I need it to boot from external CD and no matter how I change the boot sequence in BIOS it just wont boot from it."

Upgrade XP CDs are probably not bootable.
It must be a full version CD.

If it's a copy, are you SURE it's bootable ? Have you tried it on other computers ? The original disk must be copied using "disk at once" or similar, otherwise it's NOT bootable.

The Product Key on the official Microsoft label that's on the outside of the case only works with OEM CDs - it has to either be
- an XP re-installation CD that came with the same brand name computer model, or one in a Recovery disk set for the same model
- a regular Microsoft OEM CD or the same version as on the label - Home or Pro - it has the Microsoft holograms and "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it.

- an XP re-installation CD that came with a different brand name computer model, or one in a Recovery disk set for a different brand name model, will probably refuse to install Windows except on the model it came with or was for.
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In order to boot from a bootable optical disk in a USB external optical drive , there must be a selection in the boot order or similar list in the bios Setup that is suitable that you can place first or at least before hard drive - e.g. USB connected drive, perhaps removable drive, SAVE bios settings.

Even if there IS such a selection, in most if not all cases, you CANNOT load the contents of the XP CD from an external optical drive, because the initial files CANNOT recognize the external drive, unless it is a model that was available when XP was first released circa 2001. (I don't recall there being ANY USB external optical drives back then - all laptops at that time had built in optical drives).

I have read, and it's been reported to me, that if the XP CD DOES boot, all you see is a blue screen and nothing further happens.
Loading the 6 floppy set that loads the initial files normally loaded from the CD when you can boot from it doesn't work either - the CD can't recognize the USB external optical drive.

If you cannot boot the computer from any USB drive (you can't boot from a USB flash drive in any case unless you prepare it so it's bootable first), then your only choice is

How to install XP when you can't load files from the XP CD on the computer, and when you cannot set your bios Setup to boot from a USB drive...

See response 5, 6, and 7:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

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If you CAN boot from USB devices, if you prepare a USB flash drive it so it's bootable first, you can load Windows from that

Search the web for something such as: install XP from a flash drive


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July 12, 2011 at 22:58:21

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#3
July 12, 2011 at 23:28:59
yes i get that its an infection and i want to reinstall xp but there is no cd rom...the only way i can see is to remove the hard drive, format it then reinstall on another computer maybe

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#4
July 13, 2011 at 00:34:36
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"remove the hard drive, format it then reinstall on another computer maybe"
Will not work, XP only works on an identical motherboard.

I gave you a flash drive program.


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#5
July 13, 2011 at 05:26:59
yes i used wintoflash and I managed to reinstall windows.....only problem is that it did not install properly.......no network icons......IE not even starting and 95% of the services not running ..only have 3 services started......so re installing now to see if that will solve the problem.....thanks anyway

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#6
July 20, 2011 at 19:55:52
Test your hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

E.g.
Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

Do the long test.

The Dos bootable versions of SeaTools can test the hard drive when Windows will not load properly, or even when the drive has no data on it.

It the drive itself passes the test, any data problems on the drive can be fixed one way or another,


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#7
July 20, 2011 at 20:50:35
korat2000,

Is the EEE restore partition stilll there?

I think you can recover the EEE back to factory settings by either using the restore DVD (for which you would need an external DVD drive), or, using the restore partition with an image of the Windows Operating System.

To recover from the restore partition:

1. Disable 'Boot Booster' in the BIOS.
2. Press F9 key during the boot-up to make the EEE go into the recovery system
3. A warning that the recovery process will delete all the data shows up
4. Start the recovery process. (It should take about 5 minutes to complete.)

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#8
July 20, 2011 at 20:53:21
I used winto flash to create bootable flash drive and managed to install XP from there.....although it didnt install properly - it started but a gread deal of things were missing.....so I installed XP again from within the XP ...and it istalled ok and now everything is up and running

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#9
July 20, 2011 at 21:01:41
Nice work korat, congratulations.

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#10
July 20, 2011 at 21:13:59
Glad you solved your problem, korat2000!!

When you mention "... installed XP again from within the XP...", do you mean using the recovery system?

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#11
July 20, 2011 at 21:17:27
nope......not the recovery......when windows xp loaded and I noticed a lot was missing I just ran the setup from there and re installed

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#12
July 20, 2011 at 21:19:30
OK, thanks for the info!!

You got it working, that is the main thing.

Have a great week.

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