Thursday, June 4, 2009

Windows XP Won't Start or Boot Up

There are times when Windows XP decides to stop booting up. What do you do? There are several techniques you can use to get your computer operational again. If your computer hangs or freezes during the start up procedure it may be an issue with hardware or software that was recently installed or it may be a corrupt file. If you just installed a new piece of hardware, check to make sure it was installed properly. If the computer doesn't start up, try removing the hardware to determine if the new hardware is cause of the problem. If it doesn't seem to be a hardware problem, try restarting the computer and accessing the Windows Advanced Options menu which will allow you to boot into safe mode, the last known good configuration, or boot normally (there are a few other options but these are the main ones to focus on). To access the Advanced Options menu restart the computer and after the screen blinks for the first time, usually after flashing the bios screen, press F8 to access the boot options menu. The options menu should pop up and allow you to choose how you would like the system to boot up.

If you don't see the menu above, reboot your system and try hitting F8 again. Select Last Known Good Configuration and hit Enter. The computer will try to boot up using settings that have worked previously. If the computer does not boot up after choosing this option, reboot the system and go back into the Advanced Options menu. This time choose Safe Mode.

If the computer boots up into Safe Mode, trying uninstalling any software you recently installed. Reboot the computer and have it try and start normally. If you are still have problems you may want to try and repair the windows installation. (You will your Windows XP CD to complete the repair). For instructions on repairing the installation you can check out our post How to repair a Windows XP installation

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