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Msconfig changes and now I can't boot


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#1 lxer96

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:11 PM

Hello,
My HP Laptop running Windows XP Media Center Edition will not boot.

I made a single change in MSconfig and since I did that and restarted it will not boot into windows in any mode including safe mode. Igt gets a blue screen with a lot of words on it that I can't read fast enough before it automatically restarts. I can get to the recovery console and the recover partition by pressing f10 during startup. I can also still access bios. Is there a way that I can undo what I did or access msconfig from the command prompt in the recovery console? I'm not really great with the DOS commands.

Edited by lxer96, 03 June 2012 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:20 PM

Can you see if the following Advanced Boot Option Exists after hitting F8?

Disable automatic restart on system failure

The Disable automatic restart on system failure option stops Windows from restarting after a serious system failure, like a Blue Screen of Death.

If you can't disable automatic restart from within Windows because Windows won't fully start, this Advanced Boot Option suddenly become very useful.

In some early versions of Windows XP, the Disable automatic restart on system failure is not available on the Windows Advanced Options Menu. However, assuming you're not dealing with a Windows startup issue, you can do this from within Windows: How To Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

I made a single change in MSconfig ...

What was that change exactly?
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 08:56 PM

Yes I can see that option and I selected it. Now I can see the stuff on the blue screen. It says:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to you computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run chkdsk /f to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
Technical information:
***stop: oxoooooo7B (oXF78AE524, OXC0000034, ox00000000, 0x00000000)

Out of all these things, the only thing I know how to do is run chkdsk which I did and it said the drive is ok.

I'm not sure exactly. I was trying to stop avira from starting on startup and I think I may have unchecked something in the boot portion of msconfig. It was avg... something. I can't remember the whole name of what I unchecked.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:45 AM

You might try hitting the F8 key to get into safe mode again and when it starts up it will ask if you want to proceed in safe mode or go to system restore by hitting no. Get into system restore and try restoring to an earlier date before you made a change in msconfig.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:58 AM

Which one looks familiar:
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 10:21 AM

Can you see if the following Advanced Boot Option Exists after hitting F8?


It seems that you are able to get to the Advanced Boot Options menu. You could try "Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)".

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:22 PM

Trying to boot by last known configuration gives me this message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM

Trying to log into safe mode gives me a blue screen I mentioned before.

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I don't see anything that looks familiar. It could have been a service or startup item.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:33 PM

Trying to boot by last known configuration gives me this message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM

You wrote earlier "I can get to the recovery console ... ", so at the recovery console prompt type chkdsk /r and press <ENTER>
  • Allow chkdsk to complete.
  • Type exit at the prompt to restart the computer.
Allow to restart normally. Success?
Edit: If not successful, attempt "Last known good configuration ..." once more.

Edited by AustrAlien, 04 June 2012 - 03:34 PM.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

I get 3 options to choose from in the recovery console.

1: C:\WINDOWS
2: D:\MiniNT
3: F:\WINDOWS

Which one should I run it on or does it check all of them at once?

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 06:16 PM

Choose 1. C:\WINDOWS

Option 2. D: is the HP recovery partition.

I have no idea what option 3. F: might be ????
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 06:17 PM

Ok. Running it now.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:39 PM

CHKDSK ran ok and said it repaired one or more errors.


The computer restarted and loaded QuickPlay when I press the windows button like I normally would to exit quick play to get into windows and it goes into hibernation. I let it reboot and tried to load using the last known good configuration and I get a message saying:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\system32\config\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select R at the first screen to start repair.
I do not have the original CD but I do have one from another system that is XP home if that will work to repair it.

Trying to boot normally resulted in a blue screen the same as the others I've been getting.

Something I did notice that is different is when I get the prompt to ask me which operating system I want to load I get options that were not there before. It looks like this.

Please select the operating system to start:
n
n
Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
Windows XP Media Center Edition

Edited by lxer96, 04 June 2012 - 07:42 PM.


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

Something I did notice that is different is when I get the prompt to ask me which operating system I want to load I get options that were not there before. It looks like this.

Please select the operating system to start:
n
n
Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
Windows XP Media Center Edition

When you see that screen, do you arrow-down to select "Windows XP Media Center Edition" and then press <ENTER> to load that option? Is that how you start Windows? Or .... do you allow it to use the default/highlighted setting? What is that setting?
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:55 PM

I did it both ways. The first time I let it load the default which looks like that top "n" which loaded quickplay. Then the 2nd time I selected Media Center Edition and got the blue screen. If I hit F8 to get more options and select last known good configuration and then select media center edition I get the error about the missing or corrupt file.




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