If you cannot
bootup in normal or safe mode because of continued crashes and BSODs, then your options are limited
If you choose Hiren's, please be aware:
Note about Hiren's BootCD
While this collection of tools can be very useful, potential users should note that many of the tools are commercial applications that have not been legally licensed for redistribution, and so download/use/sharing of Hiren's BootCD may be illegal (depending on your legal jurisdiction).
You can try running Chkdsk
from the Recovery Console
but you will need your XP CD. Chkdsk is a utility that scans the hard drive and will check the files and folders for file system errors, lost clusters, lost chains, and bad sectors. When encountering logical inconsistencies in file system data, it will perform the necessary actions to repair the file system data. For instructions, please refer to How to Repair a Damaged Hard Drive Using Chkdsk
- The command chkdsk /p (only availabe in the Recovery Console) does an exhaustive check of the drive and corrects any errors.
- The command chkdsk /r locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. It will scan the surface of the disk for physical errors in the disk scan phase only and indicates that chkdsk should try to recover the data.
Another option is to create a Bootable CD
These are links to Anti-virus vendors that offer free LiveCD or Rescue CD utilities that are used to boot from for repair of unbootable and damaged systems, rescue data, scan the system for virus infections. Burn it as an image to a disk to get a bootable CD. All (except Avira) are in the ISO Image
file format. Avira uses an EXE that has built-in CD burning capability.
If you are not sure how to burn an image, please read How to write a CD/DVD image or ISO
. If you need a FREE utility to burn the ISO image, download and use ImgBurn
.Note: In order to use a rescue disk, the boot order must be set to start from the CD-ROM drive. If the CD is not first in the boot order, the computer will attempt to start normally by booting from the hard drive. The boot order is a setting found in the computerís BIOS which runs when it is first powered on. This setting controls the order that the BIOS uses to look for a boot device from which to load the operating system. The default will normally be A:, C:, CD-ROM. Different computers have different ways to enter the BIOS. If you're not sure how to do this, refer to:
If none of the above methods give you access to your computer, then you can try doing a Repair Install with Recovery Console
. The Recovery Console is a Windows utility that provides a DOS-like command line from which you can run some repair programs. If you have a Microsoft Windows CD-ROM, you can get to the Recovery Console by booting from that CD and pressing any key when you told to 'Press any key to boot from CD'. At the 'Welcome to Setup' screen, press r
If you don't have your XP CD you can download an ISO of the Recovery Console files:
Burn it as an image to a disk to get a bootable CD which will startup the Recovery Console for troubleshooting and fixing purposes. This is especially useful for those with OEM systems with factory restore partitions or disks but no original installation CD. If you are not sure how to burn an image, please read How to write a CD/DVD image or ISO
and Creating A Windows XP Recovery Console CD Image
: Since the inability to boot properly was most likely caused by malware or attempts to remove it, you should know that some infections can result in a system so badly damaged that reinstalling Windows without first wiping the entire hard drive with a repartition/format will not
remove the infection. The reinstall will only overwrite the Windows files. Any malware on the system causing problems will still be there afterwards. Using System Restore may return your system to a more stable state
so it can boot up if provided that feature was not disabled and you have usable restore points but there is no guarantee
the malware will not still be present afterwards. You confront the same possibility when using a Boot or Rescue CD.
Edited by quietman7, 15 January 2010 - 09:41 AM.