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#1 cmiani2002


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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:19 PM


I run windows XP Pro x64.
I just changed an old DVD-rom with a new one and after i was done this problem come up.
When i try to start windows normally, from the C:\ drive, I get the "Error Loading OS" message and the boot stops.
However when I boot from the installation disk, it boot just fine and everyting works normally.
I can see all of my drive in the boot sequence and I checked for conflicts in my device manager.

I checked for memory and startup viruses and I run CCleaner to fix a possibly corrupted registry, I also did a system restore to no avail, everytime I change the boot sequence to have the C:\ drive boot first, I get the same message.

Any input?

Also, should I decide to re-install windows, will I loose all of my shortcuts and such for the installed programs?

Thank you

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#2 hispaladin


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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:53 PM

Well I'm not the most familiar with your problem, but the more info you can give the more likely I (or more likely someone else) can have an answer. What kind of DVD-ROM are you installing IDE or SATA? What kind of hard drive do you have, IDE or SATA? If both are IDE are they on the same cable? Have you tried removing the new DVD and trying to boot without a CD drive at all?

As for the second question, that depends on what kind of computer you have(eg. Dell, HP) and what restore options are available for your computer. Some computers have a "non-destructive restore" option but not all.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 08:03 AM

First step: Take a look in the BIOS and see if the system reflects current drives installed...properly.

Second step: Check the boot options as designated in the BIOS. Ensure that the hard drive is the first option.

The fact that you can boot from the CD...reinforces the likelihood that the boot priority may be incorrect.

Sounds to me (based on limited info provided) that your boot.ini file may be awry...or your BIOS is pointing to the wrong boot source.

Do you have an XP CD?


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