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Can't Load Windows

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by og-whizz, Jul 7, 2007.

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  1. og-whizz

    og-whizz Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2007
    I know this has been done to death on loads of websites, but i cant find solutions specific to my problem so here goes...

    I cant load up windows XP, i can get to the options bit where i can select safe mode, last known good configuration etc, but it wont go any further, just a black screen with a white bar, which loads then the whole thing freezes.

    i was told to access another computer with XP and obtain a Boot.ini file plus two other files beginning with N (ndetect? ntldr? i cant remember right now) but when windows XP loads the floppy disk, it says theres an invalid boot.ini file?

    Can someone help? i've tried using my system recovery disk to re-install the whole damn thing but that didnt work. ive had no new hardware installed in the last few weeks, but i have installed a new game, which didnt work properly so i deleted it.

    I've also tried moving the jumpers and battery and then putting them back to the position they were in, but that didnt work. I also noticed that there was a cable with a yellow connector on the end not attached to anything, whilst on my graphic card there was a yellow slot. Could this be causing the problem?

    Any help much appreciated.

  2. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    Welcome to TSG....

    Stuck on last known configuration screen

    If you have a Full Operating System on CD then you can try this:

    1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For information about how to do this, see your computer documentation, or contact your computer manufacturer.
    2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
    3. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
    4. When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
    5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
    6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER (if none was set, leave it blank and press ENTER).
    7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
    8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:

    a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message:
    Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
    [1] C:\Windows
    Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
    Press Y hit ENTER.

    b. When, you receive a message that is similar to the following message:
    Enter Load Identifier
    This is the name of the operating system. Type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER. The name is either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

    c. When you receive a message that is similar to the following:
    Enter OS Load options
    Type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.

    Take the CD out of the drive.

    Type exit then press ENTER.

    Note: The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    When you get to this screen, what options have you tried?
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