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unmountable boot volume-windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by LowTechTexan, Feb 8, 2007.

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  1. LowTechTexan

    LowTechTexan Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2007
    Good morning guys. I'm new to the group. Lots of great information. I've read through past threads, I know what to look for but it's not working for me. Dell desktop with windows XP home edition.

    After re-starting and hitting F8, I select safe mode and still get the error message. I've tried selecting "last good config", still get the error message. I have tried different times with the same results. The error code reads as follows:

    What can I do to use my Xp recovery disk. I can't get to the startup window? I'm stuck.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. gurutech


    Apr 23, 2004
    Your computer needs Viagra for the "ED" error it's getting.... j/k....

    I would check to see if your system has an old BIOS installed on it. You can check Dell's website and plug in the serial # for your machine, and it will come up with a list of updated files for your machine, including driver updates, as well as BIOS updates.

    Boot your system with a floppy disk, or CD with the updated BIOS image on it, and follow the prompts to upgrade your BIOS.
  3. unbidden


    Jun 9, 2005
    In booting to the xp cd, can you get to the 'Welcome to setup' window?

    If you can:

    When booting up to Windows XP you may get an error that reads: "Unmountable Boot Volume".

    This is probably because your boot.ini file is corrupt. Here is a possible remedy:

    You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the "Welcome to setup" message, press the letter R.
    You will then get a DOS-like prompt.
    Then type: chkdsk /p [enter]
    When that is done type: fixboot [enter]
    Type: Y at the next prompt [enter]
    Then type: exit [enter]
    The system will now reboot into Windows.

    If for some reason that didn't work, you can boot to the recovery console (example above).
    Type: "chkdsk /r" [enter]
    When done type: exit [enter].
    This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.
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