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xp home in continual boot loop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by spockers, Nov 10, 2011.

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  1. spockers

    spockers Thread Starter

    Nov 10, 2011
    my pc is in a boot loop. It boots up all the way to the desktop, then just switches back to the black (DOS?) screen and reboots again. Mouse/keyboard functional thru-out. Can enter safemode etc. Friend tried to reset to a few days previous, but this did not work. Have no new downloads. Did have some power outages in our area the last few days.
    Would have reformatted, but seem to have lost the disc!!:eek:
    Any suggestions?
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    control panel>

    for XP - advanced tab>
    for Vista - advanced system settings > - link on left hand side

    startup and recovery - settings>
    under the title - system failure
    untick - automatically restart


    now when it crashes - it willnot restart and the blue screen should stay on the screen
    post the info on the screen
    it will give the errorcodes and a filename, if caused by a driver.
  3. Mark1956


    May 7, 2011
    Better still, as you can enter safe mode, just find the minidump files using Windows Explorer, zip them up and attach to your next post. You will find the minidumps in C:\Windows\minidump, the files will have a .dmp extension.

    You could also try running this routine:

    1. From safe mode press Start > type cmd in the search box and enter. At that c: prompt, type chkdsk /r and press enter (Make sure you leave a space before the /).
    2.Check disk will start to run but then it will say:
    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
    Type Y for yes, and press enter. Then reboot the computer into normal mode. Chkdsk will start when Windows begins loading again. Let all 5 phases run and don't use or turn off the computer. (The chkdsk process may take an hour or more to finish.)
    3.Chkdsk finds any corrupted files that are causing the problem and fixes them. Read the results of each phase as it finishes. During the final phase, it will notify you if it finds any corrupted files.
    4.When the Check Disk is done, it will finish loading Windows.
    Now see if the PC will boot normally
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