XP boot failure -- help !

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jkadtke

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Hello,

I have recently had a major system failure, specifically my Windows XP will no
longer fully boot. When I power on my computer, it gets to the "windows had
a problem starting up" page, where it gives options for starting in safe mode,
normal mode, etc. However, no matter which option I choose, the computer
cycles through startup and comes back to this same page. I have tried hitting
F8 and getting to the advanced options, but I get the same result. Nothing I
try works. I suspect there are corrupted sectors in the core system somewhere.

Does anyone have any ideas ? If I can at least get it to safe mode, I could
run CHKDSK with the repair option. Alternately, are any of the disk repair
products out there actually useful ? they are expensive and don't look like
they would really help.

FYI -- my computer is a Sony Vaio laptop, and I have been diligently
keeping Windows updated, using system cleaners and security software, etc.
However, this failure occurred within a day of doing a disk image backup
using Acronis.

thanks, Jim
 
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