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XP Boot

I'm having difficulty booting XP Pro. As Windows begins to load, I'm given a number of menu options to choose from

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last know good configuration

Start Windows Normally

I've also tried a boot disk as configured per the instructions on Microsoft's support page

Nothing has worked and the sytem cycles after 30 seconds and reboots with the same menu options.

The system was working properly with all drivers updated on a regular basis. No new software or hardware was added recently.

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Hi Bill,
I have recently experienced a similar problem after installing a new sound card. Even though the Device Manager showed the driver was installed properly, the computer would only boot in safe mode.
After several reinstalls of the driver, Win XP finally got it right. I was able to boot normally after that.
I don't know if this will help, but I thought I would share the experience. Sure sounds familiar.
Have you installed any new drivers recently?
If so, do all work properly? Sound, video, modem, NIC, Printer, or any other new hardware?
Any other noticeable symptoms or irregularities?

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I haven't installed any new hardware and software. Drivers are up to date. SP1 is installed. There were no symptoms prior to this event

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In that case, I would boot in safe mode and run system restore to a prior date when the machine was working properly. Start/All Programs/ Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.
Hope this will help

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The system will not restart at all. I've tried each option and they will respond. The computer reboots to the same menu offering me those items. I do not get as far as the XP splash screen

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If all other suggestions failed you can try and run a drive diagnostic from Maxtor or whatever make yours is.

You could have a failing HDD or bad sectors.

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