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XP Recovery Hanging - Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by beamuse, Sep 19, 2004.

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  1. beamuse

    beamuse Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2004

    My present problem - I ran a System Recovery both from the disk and from the partition and in both cases all goes well, I get to restart into user partition, windows boots and when it comes to the screen where I click finish the comp hangs. Sometimes it continued working other times just froze there. Is there something I am not doing or can do different? I tried f8 during boot up and tried to start in safe mode. I got the message that the Windows\system32\config\system was corrupt or missing and to run setup again.

    My last backup was in June and I would like to know how to get my data off the hard drive before I do a complete wipe. Are there any programs that I could download that could bypass bootup and read the hard drive directly or exaclty how does one get data off a drive that is not working?

    How did this all start you ask?
    Installed SP2 - changed security settings in OE and IE, turned off firewall and AU.
    Links not working in OE, Windows Media and IE shortcuts to desktop
    Checked regserv dlls and registry entries and tried numerous other fixes
    Decided to do a System Restore back to just after installing SP2 to make sure that was indeed the problem
    System Restore froze up and had to do a manual reboot.
    System would not start
    Used Backup Cd to do a system recovery and that brings me to the above problem.

    Give me your best shot, I have nothing to loose now as I am heading for a complete reinstal anyway.

    :eek: Beamuse

    Computer Info:
    Home network and behind a Dlink DI624 router with an advanced firewall. I am using Avast Antivirus and keep my system clean with spybot, adaware, and have winpatrol and spyguard installed.
    Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
    Compaq Presario
    2033 megahertz AMD Athlon XP
    128 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    40.00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    CyberDrv CW058D CD-R/RW [CD-ROM drive]
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
    608 Megabytes RAM
    DLink DI624 Router with advanced firewall
    Dlink Wireless ethernet card
    ADSL internet connection
  2. SP9999


    Aug 26, 2004
    Nobody is going to like this one, but when I was up against the wall in a scenario where I could not get windows to play nice and I needed data, I once partitioned via Partition Magic Dos disks and moved data over to second partition using dos commands then reinstalled the OS. Of course, you risk much in this attempt if all does not go well. All hinges on well made boot diskettes and the appropriate partition magic diskette as well. SP2 is the fly in the ointment here.. and I am no fan of restore. Its like the ripcord that rarely has a parachute attached and if the parachute is there it usually fails to open. You only find out when it doesnt work and you need it most. If all else fails, a good dose of FDISK Oil will cure what it doesn't kill.
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