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XP boot failure -- help !

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jkadtke, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. jkadtke

    jkadtke Thread Starter

    Mar 13, 2010

    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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    Oct 3, 2007
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