Cannot boot Win XP.

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  1. Da Mail Man

    Da Mail Man Member

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    Cannot boot win xp.

    Win Xp,
    Plenty of ram and 1tb SATA Segate hard drive w/plenty of space.
    Dell Desktop.

    Had computer operating fine 3 nights ago and was gonna call it "quits" for the night and hit selection for shutdown....Left room and came back 3 min later and found computer computer mouse still "lit up" so, turned on monitor and found an error message (do not recall)....Being aggravated, I did a hard shut down by holding power button in till computer went off.

    Next day, had a blue screen and a message saying something about registry or hive damaged or not writable or similar and said was "dumping memory".....I cannot get it to go into safe mode as it still reverts to the above....

    I have a number of discs for recovery, i.e Trinity, Ultimate Boot Disk, Hirens, etc and am able to access the files using same on the drive to retrieve important info....I have attempted to boot into the Win XP disc and it gets to a part that asks me for a password and there is NONE and so, from what i read on the net, I hit "enter", and it simply brings me back to a "C" prompt....

    How do i get past this to get into a restore point as i believe the error deals with the initial booting of the hd?.....

    I have the hd hooked to a different Dell desktop and am accessing the drive as above...I am current waiting for a large ext hd (which I should have had in the first place!). Some of what is on the recovery discs i have mentioned I don't fully understand and therefore have not attempted.
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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  3. Da Mail Man

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    Thanks for the reply...

    I have used the xp disc and like I said, i DO hit "R" for recovery console yet, it asks me for a password of which there is none and has never been and like I said, goes to a c prompt and that's that.
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You have to follow the directions. No password means you hit enter.
     
  5. Da Mail Man

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    Thanks for the reply.


    YES - I know that and that is what I did and am doing which only (again) brings me back to a "C" prompt as I have stated....I AM HITTING "ENTER".

    Does anyone here have any experience with Hirens' or UBD?
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  6. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Follow the directions on that link I gave you so you can perform the system restore using the recovery console.
     
  7. Da Mail Man

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    Just found where I wrote down error message as follows.will tackle this on Sunday.

    STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
    The registry cannot load the hive (file)
    \SystemRoot\system32\config\SOFTWARE
    or its log or alternate.
    It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.
     
  8. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    If you do manage to do a system restore, I would test the HDD. In fact there are tools on those live CDs that will allow you to do that. Be honest with you, I have had more Seagate drives fail on me it's unreal.
     
  9. Da Mail Man

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    Didn't attack computer yesterday but, will today....Watched a few vids on u-tube and will give some of those a shot.....Ordered a 4tb ext hd yesterday and will order another INTERNAL 1tb hd today .....Yes, I plan on testing this hd.
     
  10. Da Mail Man

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    UPDATE;

    I ran xp's restore console yesterday and I remembered that I could run "ck disk command" (/r) and did so....It got 70% done and then power was interrupted here due to rain storm and had to start over...

    It completed the scan, I re-booted, and it is now up and running!....Willl back up computer as soon as 4tb ext hdd drive comes in and snag a new hd and start from scratch to reload everything...THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE ALL!
     

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