XP needs repairing, goes into bootloop!

February 7, 2012 at 10:38:04
Specs: Windows XP, SP3, AMD Athlon 2800+ / 512mb
Had a bit of a problem with our old computer. It booted up into the light blue Windows xp screen, with the logo but no text - it would just sit there and the mouse would work but nothing else would. I did a bit of reading and decided that some necessary system files might be corrupt.

I put in the XP disc (the original one that came with the PC, set the BIOS to prioritise booting from the CD and booted from the CD. I was following this guide (http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/instxprepair1_3.htm) and it all went fine until step 8. Once it had finished doing all that, it didn't progress to the screen in step 9, it just reboots then bootloops (trying to boot from the CD still, I think). I restarted, told the BIOS to boot from the HD but the same happened (bootlooping). Once, it gave me a blue screen error (0x0000007f (0x0000000d, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000), but it didn't happen again.

If I try to start in safe mode, it says "windows xp setup cannot run under safemode".

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February 7, 2012 at 10:43:44

You need a full version CD not a Recovery CD

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February 7, 2012 at 10:58:58
Despite the fact it all seemed to be working up until the point that it's supposed to give me installation options?

That link is about the recovery console, but I thought was I was doing was something different. Step 4 of that guide link I posted says 'Recovery Console is not what we want'...

Also, on the microsoft website, it said about the setup disk:

"Who should download the Setup disks?
You should download the Setup disks if all the following conditions are true:

You are installing a new, full retail version of Windows XP.
You have a working CD drive, but you cannot start your computer from your CD-ROM.
You can start your computer from a floppy disk drive."

I don't want, a full installation, just to repair the current one?

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February 7, 2012 at 12:04:59
You can not access the XP install therefore the only option you have is to use the recovery console, accessed when booting from CD, see this link it may make more sense:


If you do not feel confident then take it to an IT Tech, it is possible that you could lose everything if you choose a wrong option in trying to repair a boot looping XP....

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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