Continuous restarting of computer between steps of XP reinstall

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ivelsinside

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Using the setup help document:
http://www.windowsxphome.windowsrein...pair/part3.htm

I complete each step just fine up to the point after the repair finishes and computer restarts, then goes to the blue windows xp setup screen (the screen that has the header "an exciting new look") with the text "setup is being restarted......" this screen is shown for about 10 seconds, then the computer shuts down, restarts and repeats this "setup is being restarted......" Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
 
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The link you posted is incomplete and therefore invalid; you cannot copy/paste some links unless you copy them directly from the address bar.

Can you restart in Safe Mode using the F8 boot menu?

If so, run sysdm.cpl and go to Advanced > startup and recovery and see that there is no check in "automatically restart", and that "small memory dump" is chosen under the "write debugging information" field.

This should produce a blue screen STOP message rather than an automatic restart.

For those that may already have been created, do this >>

1 > create a new folder on the desktop and call it "dumpcheck" or whatever you like
2 > navigate to %systemroot%\minidump and copy the last few minidump files to that folder.%systemroot% is normally c:\windows. They are numbered by date. You can paste that address in address bar to get there.
3 > close the folder and right click on it and select Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.
4 > use the "manage attachments" in the "advanced" reply window to upload that zip file here as an attachment.

This might point us to a 3rd party driver causing the error, if one exists for it.

Since almost all bugchecks can be caused by faulty ram, I would recommend you perform memory tests.

Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Memory
 
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After XP copies all the files to your hard drive, change the boot setup so that the system boots from your hard drive and not the cd. If yo dont change it, the process will go.
 

ivelsinside

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Can't log in with safe mode, original error was blue screen with bad checksum error: file wow23.dll is corrupt. And before that, error was unmountable boot volume. I've run repair several times and have backed up my data, so I'm really just trying to reinstall XP with the reinstall CD-Rom. Does'nt get beyond the point "setup is being restarted...." before shutting down automatically.
 
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You may be looking at a hosed drive.

If you can get a diagnostic from the vendor to run on it, that would be best.

You may also get some results out of booting to the Recovery Console and running

chkdsk /r

You should be able to do this with an installation CD.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314058

... by the way, that's "wow32.dll" , not wow23.dll :)
 

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i try one repair and if it doesn't work do a clean install.

all the time spent doing all the above, you''ll still end up doing a reinstall.
 
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