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Dell Dimension 8400 Windows XP dont start

by KrispNeedsHelp / November 15, 2012 4:25 PM PST

HELP I REALLY NEED HELP THE POWER BUTTON TURNS ON BUT I GET A BSOD. THE COMPUTER NEXT TO IT IS A WINDOWS 7 DELL STUDIO XPS!!!!!

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Re: PC doesn't start
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 15, 2012 4:28 PM PST

It turns on but you get a BSOD.
- What does the BSOD tell you?
- Do other choices (like Safe Mode with Command prompt) from the boot option menu (press f8 when Windows starts) work, or do they all fail.

What's the relevance of "the computer next to it" to the story?

Kees

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More info from a duplicate post.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 15, 2012 4:56 PM PST

Everytime I turn on my Dad's Dell Dimension 8400, It comes up with Safe Mode and things like that. I click on Start Windows Normally, I see windows XP booting then I get a black screen, a few minutes later the BSOD appears saying STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}.

SOME ONE PLEASE HELP ME I NEED MY FILES OTHERWISE MY DAD WILL KILL ME


Kees

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Re: boot error
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 15, 2012 6:34 PM PST

No need for your dad to kill you. You didn't do anything wrong, it seems, and your files aren't his files. Moreover, there's nothing to indicate anything is lost.

See if this works to go back to yesterday or somewhat earlier: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/systemrestorecp.htm
This should replace the damaged registry file.

Kees

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About that error.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2012 1:16 AM PST
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545

I can't imagine today's users accomplishing that work. Maybe a decade ago we expected folk to do this but this is today. Come on Microsoft. Time to move up.
Bob
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Re: all that work
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 16, 2012 3:07 AM PST
In reply to: About that error.

All that copying and renaming and such is much easier done from the GUI in Ubuntu than this way. Microsoft should rewrite this article to describe this alternative - if they can acknowledge the existence of Linux.

If the OP asks for it (if he still lives ...) I think I can describe it in not too long answer. I've got an XP system and an Ubuntu disk, so that's a good starting point.

Kees

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All that work in my view.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2012 3:13 AM PST
In reply to: Re: all that work

Could be done almost automatically if MSFT wanted to provide a Windows PE (see BARTPE) along with Fix-It tools.

While I'm comfortable at the command line, Windows and such is being sold to the public. Not everyone wants to be a ninja. (Wait, I take that back.)
Bob

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