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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

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    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:
    0x000000ED
    (0x83762c08
    0xc000009c
    0x00000000
    0x00000000)

    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

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    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

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    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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