Advice required to resolve xp start up issue.

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by carl johnston, May 10, 2018.

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    carl johnston

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    I have a PC I use only to run CNC hardware on an old fujitsu pc. It has a dual Linux and Windows XP boot. I just choose at startup which I want to use. Recently the hard drive has not wanted to start XP. The Linux OS opens fine.

    I would select XP as the start up option, it would then go to the startup prompt screen (safe mode, start up normally etc). When I pressed start up normally it would cycle back round to the OS options and so on.

    I removed the drive and installed it in a caddy. I can see all of the file structures for both OS so I presume the hard drive is not the issue. I ran 'check the drive for errors'. The error check spotted a couple of issues and told me it had resolved these so I removed the drive put it back into the fujitsu pc it had come from and XP started and worked fine. However when I restarted to check it again it would not get further that the start up prompt screen.I should also add that I tried the drive out in a different Acer pc which may have confused a startup proceedure.

    My question is how do I get XP to start reliably again. That PC has largely worked really well considering the amount of work its done running various CNC machines over the last few years. What I would like would be to run something which would resolve the issue without me having to install a new copy of XP and all the software ect.

    Today I backed up my documents and made a system restore disk but as a long term mac user i'm not familiar with the restore or repair proceedures of windows.

    Any advice or links i'm all ears, thanks.
     
    carl johnston, May 10, 2018
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    Elizabeth23

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    my first thing would be to run checkdisk, but you say you have done that, (should be run as many times as needed till no errors are found and with the /r parameter).

    then I would run the recovery console and run fixboot and fixmbr, but since you have a dual boot and linux uses grub, I am not sure how to do this.

    make sure that you have xp to not automatically restart after a failure, go to start/right click on my computer and choose properties/ advanced tab/ startup and recoveries/ make sure that automatic restart is unchecked.

    are there any errors pertaining to this issue in event viewer? it would help to see if a driver is holding up the completion of the load.
     
    Elizabeth23, May 11, 2018
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