Monday, August 17, 2009

Dr. T's: My Computer Won't Boot!

from Dr T --

=: Your Computer Won't Boot! :=

One morning, you turn on your computer... and find it doesn't boot beyond the first few screens! Disaster! You have an error message saying your boot files are corrupted! Catastrophe! As you stare at the monitor, your mind races... what, if anything can you do or try?

I've been online and working with computers for the past 14 yrs. At least 75 % of my operating system reinstalls have been caused by a failure of properly operating boot files. To be perfectly honest, until last Sunday, the only option I thought I had, was to reinstall the operating system. That is no longer the case. Whether the following will work every time for you, is unknown. There may be other causes for the failure to boot, but this is the first thing to try if you have this problem.

The following is for Win XP and earlier versions of Windows.

Make sure that your computer boot sequence is DVD drive before the hard drive. You may have to go into the BIOS to change the sequence. Insert your Win XP CD in the drive.

1. When Press any key to boot from CD appears... press any key.
2. The screen will now say Installing Windows files.
3. Setup is starting Windows.
4. Welcome to Setup.
5. There will be three selections at this point. Choose: To repair Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, Press R.
6. Which Windows installation would you like to log onto? Type in the number (In my computer, C:\Windows is 1)
7. Press Enter after typing 1.
8. Type Administrator password -- I have none -- and press Enter. If you have password -- type it in and press Enter.
9. You should now see the command prompt - C:\Windows\ ____
10. Type in FIXBOOT. C:\Windows\ FIXBOOT (press Enter after typing it in).
11. The Target partition is C: Are you sure you want to write a new boot sector to the partition? Type in Y and press Enter.

All done! Remove the Win XP CD from the drive. Push the restart button. It should now reboot without any trouble... unless something else was causing the problem. The above should be the first thing to try if you fail to boot.

[Source: Dr. T & the Win XP CD]

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