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#1 bonez07

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:18 PM

My dad pulled the plugs out while I was on the computer (long story). So now everytime I start up my PC, it goes to the screen where you gotta select safe mode, normal mode etc...now the thing is, each time I make a selection, it just reboots...how can I get by this withOUT formatting?

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 07:36 PM

On that selection of choices, select "Last Known Good Configuration" and see if it'll start up from there.

If that doesn't fix it, try to do a repair installation of Windows.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/h...ips/doug92.mspx
(Or if you don't have a full XP setup disk, see if you can do a factory restore without formatting the drive. This option is typical on Compaq's and HP's, usually accessed by pressing F10 during the boot sequence.)

If that doesn't work you likely will have to either reinstall Windows completely, or you could have faulty hardware.
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Posted 16 February 2007 - 03:29 PM

repair installation doesn't erase any files? i also have 2 PCs, so would this work: if I take the hard drive out of one PC and switch it with the second one? because the second one I just got fixed, and it has no files on it, so the hard drive is empty anyway, so I could do a new installation with an empty hard drive

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:52 PM

A repair install basically just messes with the \Windows directory.
And yes, you can certainly throw in a new drive and start over.
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 03:50 PM

A repair install basically just messes with the \Windows directory.
And yes, you can certainly throw in a new drive and start over.

thanks a LOT, I have a lot of important files, hopefully everything goes well, if not, I'll switch hard drives and format




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