xp Media Center Edition fails to start

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Zorbahu

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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.
 

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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
 

Zorbahu

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