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Old 16th November 2008   #1
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desktop will not boot up


running windows xp on a desktop i bought at a computer show about 4 years ago.....3 stays ago this crazy machine stopped working properly...when i turn it on i hear the post chirp, then i get this start up window that shows the type of board, processor and all that good stuff, then i get a black and white window that says as follow:"We apologize for the inconvenience, but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware of software change might have cause this." then at the bottom i have a couple of choices:
start windows in safe mode
start windows in safe mode with networking
last known good configuration
and start windows normally
no matter which one i pick it just starts the process over, like a never ending cycle...i havent changed or downloaded anything that i think would stir this thing up...anybody have any ideas????

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If you cannot boot into normal or safe mode, you will need to boot to the Windows CD. That may require that you adjust the boot order in the BIOS/startup settings (to boot to the CD/DVD drive before the HDD).

At the first screen, you can choose to run the Recovery Console, it will leave you at a command prompt, you can try entering
chkdsk C: /r
it may take a few hours to run.

There are not many other options that I know of. The next step would be to boot the Win CD and after you agree to the Eula, there is an option to repair the Windows installation, run that.

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