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XP Won't Boot Properly

by hammer4887 / September 5, 2010 11:28 PM PDT

I built my own computer and borrowed a copy of XP from a friend, it worked just fine until now. When I go to boot up my computer I get the Windows XP Screen with the load bar but half way through a blue screen flashes, then goes black, then goes to reboot. I checked that it's booting from the hard drive. When I get to the boot options screen to do "last know good configuration" my keyboard arrows don't seem to work. My play is to download a copy of XP onto an external and boot from there. Are there any better ideas out there?

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by hammer4887 / September 6, 2010 5:28 AM PDT
In reply to: XP Won't Boot Properly

I managed to get a repair cd, but when it gives me the option to boot from CD, I go to press enter and there is no response. The keyboard works just fine on the opening screen, just not on any additional ones

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"borrowed a copy of XP from a friend"....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 6, 2010 8:54 AM PDT
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That information brings up a number of problems..

1. It's possible the borrowed copy of XP was pirated and as such, it's faulty and isn't working as you'd like.. And since we don't discuss pirated software on these forums, you'll receive no further information about such.

2. If you "borrowed a copy of XP from a friend" but then "managed to get a repair cd", you've got double the problems.. The original XP disc needs a correct and legal product key to install correctly and to be activated. If it's not a pirated version of XP, at the end of 30 days after installing a legal version, if you haven't authenticated the system, you'll need to get a legal key in order to do so. Do you have that?. The "repair" disc won't help you any unless it's the same XP version as the original correct and legal version you installed at the beginning.

3. You can't just "borrow a copy of XP from a friend" and have the system work correctly unless you have a legal product key, which doesn't appear to be the case here since YOU built the system.

To fix the problem, purchase a full, legal XP install disc, format the drive, then reinstall everything from scratch.

Hope this helps.


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