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Windows did not start successfully


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#1 Garval

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 09:15 AM

Hi there guys,

I would appreciate it if you could help me with the following. When I turned my pc on, I got the message below (I'm using Windows XP):

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows
Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Start Windows Normally

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.


These are my questions:

1. Can I resolve the problem by restoring the registry? If yes,

2. How can I do it?

Using KNOPPIX and ERUNT I've managed to locate the latest file (20-07-2012) here: Windows/erdnt/autobackup/20-07-2012 What next?

Thank you in advance for your help. Please, keep in mind that my knowledge is quite basic.

Garval

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:18 PM

My two cents...if this is the first/only time that such has happened...I would ignore it.

Such an error message can result from many things, IMO. If there is no repetitive pattern...there is no problem to solve and no clues as to what happened or why. Hence, the general tenor of the error message.

If you just want to guess as to what happened and why...I suggest starting with your taking a look at your Event Viewer errors, although this is likely to not yield any meaningful results if it's a one-time error.

Between using Google and www.eventid.net...you can find much data relative to EV errors and the resolution of such.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:16 PM

Thanks, hamluis. I do not follow you, hamluis. If I just turn the pc on and let it start normally, it gets stuck at trying to upload windows XP and nothing happens.

Garval

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:55 PM

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Start Windows Normally


If you are saying that none of those options result in the system booting into Windows...I don't think that was clear from what you posted. Then again, it could by aging brain cells.

Please clarify...you've tried each option?

System manufacturer and model?

Do you have backups? Recovery disks?

Any events leading up to the inability to boot...indicating malware or hardware problems?

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

I apologise if I was not clear. Yes,I tried all the options, but they did not work. I am happy to inform that I've managed to resolve the problem (I hope for good)by restoring the registry. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

Feedback appreciated, happy computing :).

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