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Automatic Restart on Boot Unless I choose "Disable Automatic Restart",,,,

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sbdblyss, Aug 13, 2009.

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  1. sbdblyss

    sbdblyss Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    I have searched around a bit to see if others have ran into this problem, but I have had no luck so far. When I start my computer, it pops up with the standard menu it uses when an OS error has caused a restart. I can't get it too load windows using safe mode, last known good configuration, or normal mode. I never even see the windows loading screen, it restarts immediately.

    Here is what I have tried:
    1) I ran a check disk using the recovery console but it did not fix the problem.
    2) I manually backed up the SYSTEM, SAM, DEFAULT, SECURITY, and SOFTWARE files from the root\windows\system32\config folder. I then replaced those files with ones from a few days ago located in the root\system volume information\ folder. It did not fix my problem.
    3) I'm about to re-install windows when I decide to press f8 on boot and disable automatic restarts on system failure just to see if I'm missing some sort of BSOD. Windows completely loaded without any problems.
    4) This confused me so I reversed the actions I took in step 2 (above) just to see whether it would boot with the original files as long as I chose "Disable Automatic Restarts on System Failure." It loaded windows without a problem.
    5) I restarted to see whether it would boot normally or not. Again, it wouldn't load windows with any options other than the "Disable automatic restarts on system failure" option.

    At this point, I'm pretty confused. Could the OS be mistaking an error and automatically restarting for no reason? That is the only logical reason I can think of as to why windows will load only when using the disable automatic restarts option. I have never ran across such a crazy thing. Any ideas? Thanks guys!

    Jake :eek:

    EDIT: The OS: Windows XP Pro SP3
     
  2. sbdblyss

    sbdblyss Thread Starter

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    Any ideas? I can just re-install, but I want to figure this out. It seems so odd to me. Thanks!

    Jake
     
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