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Gaute Tillerli
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 10:49 am:   

Hi. I am having problems entering my OS (Windows XP Home Edition). My PC was working fine when i went on Christmas Holiday. When i got back, i started the machine and got as far as the screen when windows is logging on (the progress bar). Then it just reboots. I have tried a number of things, but I think this is a hard drive problem. But i don't know how the hard drive could have gotten damaged.

Anyone know what this might be? Or how to recover the drive without formattingthe disk?
Could it be a virus of some sort?

I'm running a P4 2.5, 512MB DDR RAM, Geforce 4 MX440 computer.
Ken L
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 4:12 pm:   

Hold F8 @ startup Just before it gets to the win screen... Select restore to an earlier good known Configuration
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 9:30 pm:   

Another option is to boot from your XP home CDROM and from command console you can
1. Use the Sfc /scanonce to scan all protected system files one time
2. Use sfc.exe to scan all protected system files and replace incorrect version with correct Microsoft versions.

/SCANNOW Scans all protected system files immediately.
/SCANONCE Scans all protected system files once at the next boot.
/SCANBOOT Scans all protected system files at every boot.
/CANCEL Cancels all pending scans of protected system files.
/QUIET Replaces all incorrect file versions without prompting the user.
/ENABLE Enables Windows File Protection for normal operation
/PURGECACHE Purges the file cache and scans all protected system files immediately.
/CACHESIZE=x Sets the file cache size

This has to be done with the cd in the drive so SFC can compare files to the originals.

Gaute Tillerli
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 9:35 am:   

Ok, i will try that. And i didn't make it clear that i have tried all the safe mode and earlier config thing. Will try what you suggested E.S.
But i dod not get an original XP CD when i got the machine. I had to burn to CD's when starting the machine the first time. I can format the PC with these CD's. So i assume they have the same options as the XP home CDROM.

Thanks for the help. Willpost here again, to let you know how it works out.
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 8:07 pm:   

That might make it a bit more difficult. Good luck.

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