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Constant Loop and Attempt Reboot


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#1 fudge-pants

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:23 AM

I just recently cleaned off a Compaq Presario laptop and am attempting to do a clean install of XP Pro. Regardless of what I do, the Windows boot screen comes up, and then immediately goes into Safe Mode, Last Known Config, etc. window. Regardless of which one I select it shuts down after showing a brief window and begins all over again. The blue window is up long enough to read something about "physical memory dump" and shutdown. BIOS problem? RAID?
Funny thing is, I just finished doing this to another identical Presario and had no problems. Got me..........help is always appreciated.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:37 AM

Does it always reboot at the same place, or does it sometimes go into Windows and sometimes doesn't?

If it reboots at exactly the same step all the time, it's probably software related. Boot off of the Windows CD, repair Windows, type in chkdsk /p and let it run, exit then reboot. If it still does the same thing, your userinit.exe is corrupted. Replace it from the i386 folder and try it again. Worse comes to worse reinstall Windows again, since you just did it recently you probably won't have a lot of data to lose.

Good luck.

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:21 PM

FWIW:

How to restore the userinit.exe file - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/229227/how-to-restore-the-userinitexe-file/

New Userinit File - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/240289/windows-keeps-restarting-by-itself/

Fixing disabled userinit.exe entry - http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:0qT8Ss...=clnk&gl=us

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