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Windows XP Frozen Bootup

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#1 Melatto


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:58 AM


I have a custom built PC, it's less than a year old. The oldest piece if one of my HDs, it is about 3 or 4 years old or so.

I just went on vacation, and when I got back, the computer would freeze on the windows boot screen, the one with the scrolling blue bar.

I tried reinstalling Windows XP Pro, multiple times, and it would do the same thing.

I deleted the partition, reformatted the drive (after recovering the important files), and reinstalled XP. I am actually using it right now.

The problem is that no matter what route I take, after I install SP2, my computer refuses to move past the boot up screen. I would operate without SP2, but a lot of current software needs it to function properly.

At this moment, I don't have any anti spyware installed, because when I do install it, it says it needs sp2 to run, and when I try to install sp2, the computer freezes.

It even freezes when I try to boot in safe mode after sp2, and when I check "try last good configuration", it freezes, and starts an endless restart loop.

Has anyone heard of this crap before? Is my copy of XP bricked? Is there a virus that can only function when sp2 is running? And if so, why didn't deleting the partition and reformatting the HD do the trick?

Please help! I'm kinda a geek, but this is really getting me frustrated the the point of loud cursing.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:41 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Have you checked the hard drive with a diagnostic?

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

FWIW: You really ought to be installing SP3...SP2 is quite old and newer vulnerabilities/exploits have been created...against which SP2 is not necessarily adequate protection.

Do a query sometime to see the number and list of critical updates to XP since SP2.

Worth reading: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...installsp2.mspx AND http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...p3/default.mspx

Windows Xp Service Pack 3 (sp3) Information - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/146857/windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3-information/

AumHa Forums Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Installation Guide - http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=33296


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:00 AM

Since your XP disk is obviously old enough it doesn't have SP2 included does it have SP 1 ?

If your XP disk doesn't have SP1 installed try this,

Do a clean install of XP
Install SP1
When that is done install SP3.

[You can't install 2 without 1
You can't install 3 without 1
If you install 1 & then 3 you get everything from 1,2, & 3 .
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:27 PM

I do have SP1 installed.

I do have SP1 on my install of XP Pro

My system profile says

Microsft Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 1

And I have only downloaded the necessary updates...BITS installer, framework 3.1, and one more I can't remember.

does that make a difference?

The other thing is my computer functioned properly, with all the latest updates installed and running (xp3, cumulative security updates, etc.), for about 9-10 months and then just stopped about a week ago. I started getting the error last saturday, where it would freeze during the windows screen bootup.

Edited by Melatto, 22 June 2009 - 01:28 PM.

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