XP Won't go past splash screen.

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AnthonyLordi

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Okay, so this is my first post on this forum, and I just joined, so if I make any errors, please correct me!
Now for my problem - I recently reformatted my laptop, and I got everything working, I had some network connection issues but I got past those. After installing SP2, I was unable to access any Microsoft websites, so I uninstalled SP2, after the uninstall process, it blue screened, though I don't remember what it said, it shut down after about 5 seconds and I was unable to catch the text displayed. Okay, so I try to start the computer up again, safe mode (all of them; networking, cmd prompt, etc) - Safe mode will not launch so that's out of the question. If I start windows normally or last known good configuration, it gets to the windows splash screen, and then goes black. If I could just get my important files that I moved to my computer, I could reformat again to try and fix the problem.. I have my XP disk in right now and was going to try and use the Repair on it, but I'm afraid that it'll stop any chances of recovering my lost files..
Any help is really appreciated, and thank you in advance.
-Anthony
P.S. - If you need me to do anything, or have any questions, I'm willing to try or give you the information you need.
 
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Perform a Repair Installation
Published: August 1, 2002

Submitted by Doug Knox, Windows XP MVP, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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How do you perform a reinstallation of Windows XP, sometimes called a repair installation?

Configure your computer to start from the CD-ROM drive. For more information about how to do this, refer to your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer. Then insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.

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When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

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Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.

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Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.

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In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.

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Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

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Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
 

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Okay, I'm going through this process now. I'll post back with the results when it's finished.
Thank you for the reply, I've never had to use the repair console and was unsure how to even use it! (y)
 

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Well this worked, it's a great ease to my mind that I got my files back. Thanks much huggie54!
Does anyone have any solutions or ideas as to what I should do after I reformat and install the updates? I want to go to XP SP3, but as far as I know you have to get SP2 in order to do that, and after I installed SP2 it stopped things from working, and I wasn't able to update from windows/microsoft or anything.
 
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