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window xp media center won't boot


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#1 clanos56

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:00 PM

I have my sons computer with windows xp media center installed. The computer boots to the safe mode screen and you can select any safe mode option but it won't complete the boot it just restarts to the safe mode screen. I have tried last know good configuration and boot windows normally in either of these options the windows xp boot screen comes up for a few seconds and then restarts. He can't find the windows xp media center disks for his machine. I have windows xp professional disks and have tried to go to recovery console, but that doesn't work either because of the administrator password that he doesn't remember putting on the pc. He was also having problems previously with worm.win32.netsky.virus and thought he had it fixed. Not sure where to start on this one, looking for any help or options. As a last resort I have another harddrive I can insall windows xp professional on and use his other drive as a slave and see if I can pull off his pictures and data. Thanks for any help

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:10 PM

When attempting to use the recovery console have you tried to just leave the password prompt blank and just press "enter"? If this works you may type chkdsk /r Notice the space between k and /r...this may find and repair any bad sectors on the hard drive and is a good starting point...The boot.ini may have gotten corrupt somehow (happens from time to time)....

Taking that drive out and putting in in as a slave in another system is a viable option for retrieving data and relatively quick to do.

Edited by OldGrumpyBastard, 09 January 2010 - 05:10 PM.

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#3 clanos56

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

I should have stated that I have tried leaving the password blank and we have tried most everything he could think of. Would it have been possible for the virus to modify this in some way?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:26 PM

At this point in time anything is a possibility...I guess that my next step would be to try and retrieve any data and do a fresh installation...Others may have better options...Sorry...
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:29 PM

No problem, I appreciate the help, I was kind of figuring that was the path I would probably have to follow. I will wait for a little while and see if anyone else has an option, otherwise I will start the new install and data recovery tomorrow. Thanks again.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 06:38 PM

I agree...retrieve valued files and move on.

Inability to boot into XP is such a crippling factor, IMO, that it just abouts negates any attempt to repair unknown problems on the system. Combine that with no info on what is wrong and no reinstallation/repair media...seems like time to start over and do a better job of preparing for such situations (backup the system, obtain the capability to reinstall/repair).

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