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xp Media Center Edition fails to start

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Zorbahu, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. Zorbahu

    Zorbahu Thread Starter

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    Yesterday I tried to start my HP Pavilion dv8309us laptop with XP Media Center Edition 2005 but it would not complete the start normally. I tried starting with Last Known Good Configuration and it got a bit further but then stopped again and went back to "We apologize for the inconvenience " page. I do not see any reset button on the bottom of the computer but I am not sure if such a thing would help or even possibly delete data from the hard drive.

    Are there any steps one can recommend that I can do to get my computer running again without reinstalling the op Sys? How can I retrieve data on the hard drive without rebooting system. I have most of my files backed up but there are some emails, other recent files and firefox favorites/download info/files I need to get from the hard drive.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi, do you have the install Cd?
    Try booting [starting] from the Xp install Cd. - when prompted press [R]
    Choose Windows installation [typically by pressing [1]
    When prompted for password.
    Press Enter.
    Type chkdsk /r
    [note space after chkdsk]

    When fininshed.
    Type Exit
    And press Enter.

    The Bios needs to be set to boot [Start] from the Cd - it may already be set to do so.
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Tapping the F10 key at start up - may take it back to factory settings but all files and data wil be lost.

    How to use Linux live Cd to backup files from a dead Pc
     
  3. Zorbahu

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    Thank you Blues Will investigate what you have provided The Ubuntu option looks interesting
    Zorbahu
     
  4. blues_harp28

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    Ok - keep us updated.
     
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