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My little brother has a Dell laptop running XP Home with service packs up to date. Not knowing what hell he has unleashed on his computer it now freezes at the windows is starting up screen. I tried to run the repair tool of the Windows XP Installation disk but I couldnt even boot to that. I think it may be a serious hard drive issue but I'm not sure. Any help greatly appreciated. I also tried running several tools off the ultimate boot cd and got nowhere.
It should have booted with the Windows XP Installation disk regardless of whatever is causing the problem.
Go into your bios setup and change the boot order temporarily to run from the cd first. It should then boot from the Windows disk and you can either enter the repair console or do a repair installation.