I have a problem with an XP Home machine. The machine was turned off before it was shut down completely and now it boots extremely slowly. Once it reaches the XP screen it loads normally and works fine. But between the BIOS screen and the XP screen it sits at a black screen and takes 10 minutes to do anything. I can hear the fan speed going faster and slower as if its trying to do something but nothing happens for a long time. If I try to boot into safe mode, it will do the same thing and it takes each driver a minute or two to load on the screen. Sometimes it will give an error about not being able to find ntoskrnl or hal.dll files before reaching the XP screen, but usually it does not give that error.
I tried to get into Recovery Console to run FIXBOOT and FIXMBR but I cant get passed the Administrator password. I have tried to remove passwords from the Administrator account once I get into Windows but Recovery Console is not accepting a blank password. Ive tried System Restore, but that isnt allowing me to go back far enough. Ive run CHKDSK, SFC /Scannow, and found no problems. I used MSCONFIG to restart in Diagnostic mode with basic drivers, but that didnt seem to make a difference.
Is there any other way to run FIXBOOT or FIXMBR, or any other similar utilities, once you are logged into Windows? Are there any other utilities available that will check and/or fix bootup issues?
Edited by RTW DC2, 16 November 2008 - 11:53 PM.