In short your Safe Mode has failed and we need to explore how to repair that.
Your post did not supply the machine details and what shape the spare tire is in (that is, what XP CD we have to work with.)
Hi, I ran chkdsk /f the other day on my desktop (XP-home version). When I tried to start my machine up the next day, it would not start. The message I get is an issue starting windows with the following options (none of which work):
- start in safe mode
- start with last good profile
- start windows normally
Some of these units have you press some key to start the recovery process.
shows there are dozens in this model line. Try to be exact so I can be exact.
I'd not press that button yet. Tell me if you need to save files off the hard disk first.
As to saving the files, if you have 2 CD/DVD drives you could boot up a livecd like I note at http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm
That's an old version so be sure to try the newer CDs.
I've subscribed to this thread so I'll know when the new posts show up with that all important model number.
The machine is a: HP Media Center m7100e CTO Desktop PC
It seems looking at the website that I can order Recovery Disc from HP.
In the documentation I found the exact error message:
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Error: We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
no new hardware was added
unfortunatley starting via safe mode did not work also
I will read more later when I have more time.
Notes how to use the F10 key to start the recovery process.
"To perform a standard system recovery, click Next , and then click Yes ."
HP claims the standard system recovery does not wipe out your files. But it should obliterate installed programs. It has to do that.
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