unmountable boot volume-windows XP

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LowTechTexan

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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.
 
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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.
 
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I can't get to the startup window?
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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