Solved: Windows XP won't start

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jackdup

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I have an HP desktop with XP Media Center Edition and when booting it comes up to the Windows XP screen with the blue bar scolling across the bottom, which all of a sudden stops and just hangs.

As it is an HP I can't simply put in the XP disk and choose to repair the OS as all I have is recovery disks and really don't want to do a recovery as then I have to reinstall all of my applications, and simply don't have that kind of time.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what things I might try that would get it up and running again? The last shut down was normal, I think anyway. I did a shut down earlier today and while it was shutting down it said it was installing an update and to wait for the installation to finish before shutting down. I am quite sure I did another shut down and restart since I got that message but it is possible it was the last shut down.

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Restart the pc while restarting keep tapping F8 to get into safe mode and try a system restore before the problem happened.
 

jackdup

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I should have mentioned the second time I restarted it gave me the option of starting in safe mode however it hung as well.
 

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Try..
Safe mode with command prompt.
Log on as an admin.
At command prompt type
%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

This will launch System Restore.
 
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ITS possible that it might be a memory problem [guessing] if your using more than 1 pull out and try as a test
 

jackdup

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Well I really messed up, inadvertently, and now have a new copy of windows with no restore points.

I have an external hard drive that backed up the entire drive C when it was installed and updates the backup every night.

It is a Seagate drive and uses it's own Seagate Manager to do the backup. I have tried to find a way to restore the entire drive C from the backup on the external Seagate drive but can only find a way to restore individual files.

Does anyone know of a way to restore the entire backup from Seagate Manager or alternately restore the original files needed to access restore points stored in the backup, and files needed from the backup to do a restore.

Thanks
 
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