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Windows Xp not loading

by kjelie8706 / December 29, 2008 8:37 AM PST

I start my pc which runs xp pro edition, originally home edition. When it starts, the xp logo comes up with the scrolling bar below it, but afterwards the screen goes black. I read other places that i should try to repair it using a windows disc, but the only disc i have now is the home edition, can i use this disc to repair it. and will i need a windows key(which i no longer have due to roaming babies)?

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Can't repair Pro with a Home CD
by Steven Haninger / December 29, 2008 9:33 AM PST
In reply to: Windows Xp not loading

If you want to repair it as Pro, you'll need the product key and a genuine MS CD of the same type used with the installation. Because you said it was originally XP Home, shall we presume you used an XP Pro "upgrade" disk? That would be normal route to go from Home to Pro. If a full version was used, it would likely have been an OEM or retail copy. In any event, the repair installation will only work with your product key if you have the same version of XP. If you can't do that, your options would be a clean XP Home installation or the purchase of a copy of XP Pro of the right version for the repair or even a clean installation with it.

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chkdsk /r
by Nightmares0nwax / December 29, 2008 10:49 PM PST
In reply to: Windows Xp not loading

you need some kind of dos boot disc, a windows installation or recovery disc should have such a feature.

when and if you get to a bootable dos prompt type chkdsk /r

taht will seacrh your hard drive for errors and recover readble information to quote microsoft. 8>

http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom is how to boot form a cd. your bios or cmos as its correctly known =p will be setup slightly differently but it is "boot device priority" you are looking for. you need to change cd rom to the first boot device. change it back when your done =p

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ has a command shell but requires a x p installation disc.

if that dosnt happen what your options are:-

contact your pc manufacturer with your customer information and request a boot disc, tell them your problem.

have your pc repaired by a professional such as your manufacturer or a pc shop. however it should be a straight forward fix.

or download a dos bootable cd youself. http://www.bootdisk.com/

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058 is an article explaining teh recovery console , unfortunately DOS and command line interpriter are two different things, i cannot find a a boot disc with the latter, DOS was stopped being supported in 2000 by microsoft, although some commands including chkdsk should work. it will need some research on your behalf. be wary of non microsoft sites when downloading some kind of boot disc.

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oh and.
by Nightmares0nwax / December 29, 2008 10:50 PM PST
In reply to: chkdsk /r

oh and dont let your pc manufacturer charge you for a boot disk, by law they have to supply you one with your pc, inclding a recovery disk.

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