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SP Boot Failure

by Bill168 / October 9, 2004 1:39 AM PDT

Since installing SP2, I have had problems starting Windows XP. About half the time, I get a message screen the tells me that windows did not shutdown correctly the last time because of a power failure or newly installed software/hardware (neither is true). It doesn't matter if I am rebooting or starting from a power up.

If I select the option "Start Windows Normally", the system just loops around and I end up with the same message screen. If I select "Start with last good known configuration", it will usually start. Sometimes this doesn't even work, but I have GoBack, so I can always revert to a previous disk configuration.

Generally, if I let the system idle for about 15 minutes before rebooting or powering down, then Windows will start correctly the next time.

I have run several Windows and disk utilities to find the problem, but they all have not found any trouble. I have run Norton Anti-Virus scan and SpySweeper, and found nothing.

Thanks for your help

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by billzhills / October 9, 2004 3:17 AM PDT
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Re: SP Boot Failure
by Bill168 / October 9, 2004 4:21 AM PDT
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I think I might have found the trouble. Since the failure didn't happen every time I booted and because the message told me that Windows had not shutdown properly the last time, I figured that the problem might be that the PC didn't have enough time to write the shutdown info.
In the forum ..
http://windowsxpforums.com/windowsxp_shutdown_restart.htm
I found the "Increase Shutdown Time ..." and changed to time from 20 seconds to 40 seconds. So far, this seems to have fixed the problem.

Thanks

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