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Registry Error - Can't even start Win Xp Pro

any one have an idea what to do with a Registry Error that prevents me from even starting up Win XP Pro..
A blue screen comes on quickly but so quick that i can't read the error message.
I installed new software yesterday....
Won't even allow me to re-install Xp over the top!!

any suggestions.. helppppppppp

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Re: Registry Error - Can't even start Win Xp Pro

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Have you tried booting in safe mode. Tap tap the F8 key during the boot process to get the option screen.
If you can boot, you may wish to uninstall the program and see what effect that has.
Good Luck

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Here's a long MSKB article that describes the recovery process caused by corrupted registry.

Q307545 - "How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting"



Good Luck,

Cetin

Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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thanx Cetin but my computer won't even allow me to get into the Recovery mode...
i am happy to just erase my HD and start again...

thanx

scottmma

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If you have the windows XP CD, make sure that in BIOS the first bootable device is CD-ROM. Insert theCD kit, start PC and follow the instructions from the MSKB article:

Q315341 - "How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP"

You are welcome and "Good Luck",

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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all that is very clear thank you ..however my system does not even allow me get past the re-installing XP over the top...
it just keeps looping back to the reboot screen..
i have tried everything including Repair/New Install etc..
do you think i have a virus or worm etc???

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It sounds that your PC has a hardware problem(s). Bad memory or heating problems could trigger the restart.


Download Memtest86+ on a working PC, prepare the bootable diskette. Insert the diskette on problem PC and make sure that in BIOS floppy drive is the first bootable device. Let the test run at least two complete iterations. You'll have additional clues after this test.


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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