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XP Home booting

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by frontman555, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. frontman555

    frontman555 Thread Starter

    Jan 27, 2011
    Hi guys, & girls, (don't want an andy grey moment)
    Newbie to the site so please be gentle with me.

    I have had a look through past posts but can't find this;

    My brothers PC has been away to be fixed a couple of times by a repair bloke found in the local paper.
    this is the second time i'ts played up, and it is always when they have been on holiday & the PCs been turned off for two weeks (clue ?)
    It had XP home from new and the first time it was fixed came back with XP Pro. after playing up it was returned and came back with XP Home installed.
    Now we can't contact the guy.

    My brother now has no disk or password.

    PS; If you need more info on the PC I will check it out tonight.
    When turned on (the pc not my brother) goes to the windows start up (logo with little scrolling bar).
    Then it goes to the choose start up windows, normal - safe mode - last good config etc etc.
    No matter what is chosen it goes back to the startup screen.

    At best we would like to get it up and working, but jist getting his photos off would be good.

    Cheers all and apologies for the ramblings;
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    to get the photos off try this

    It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
    This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

    If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
    goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick

    full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )

    click on the image "download ubuntu"
    Select a location
    then begin download
    Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

    You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
    The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
    If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

    When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will A screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images

    == > Try ubuntu
    == > Install ubuntu

    You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

    Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

    Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
    This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working

    You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

    If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
    XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
    Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

    Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device

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