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Blue screen, "Unbootable Boot Volume"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by WarmCurb, Jun 17, 2007.

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  1. WarmCurb

    WarmCurb Thread Starter

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    Upon restarting, I'm come across a blue screen that reads, "unbootable boot volume." Once I manage to get past it my machine lags and overheats. I've been walked through a fix by DELL tech before, but I forget what it was. It used the XP disc and tapping one of the F keys at startup. Any help?
     
  2. norton850

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    Here is some information. However, if your system is overheating you better fix that first. How do you get by it?
     
  3. wrgarrett

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    Try this.
     

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  4. WarmCurb

    WarmCurb Thread Starter

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    I can get into the Recovery Console, but then it prompts me for an admin password. I enter my XP password and it doesn't work.

    I need a DOS prompt in which to enter C:\:CHKDSK \R. How can I get there if it doesn't accept my admin password? I am the only admin on this machine, by the way.
     
  5. wrgarrett

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    You might try one of these: (I have not used either so I cannot comment one way or the other. Use at your own risk.)

    1. There is no native Windows-based method for changing the Administrator password if you've forgotten it. The best solution available is to boot your computer with a special Linux-based floppy disk, which will allow you to change your Administrator password.

    This disk may be downloaded from the Web at

    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html.

    If the utility asks for a registry path, it is usually winnt/system32/config. Depending on where Windows is installed, you can also try windows/system32/config, windows/system, or simply windows.

    2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321305
     
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