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Solved: WinXP not booting, no recovery option on CD

Q: Solved: WinXP not booting, no recovery option on CD

I've re-installed Windows using an OEM boot CD, and now I cannot get it to boot from the HDD. I have set the prioroty in the BIOS to HDD/CD/Floppy and Windows just gets stuck in a loop when trying to start ("loading personal settings" > "logging off" > "loading personal settings" etc.). It boots fine from the CD if I change the BIOS priority to CD/HDD/Floppy.

I cannot run the recovery program from the CD as it goes straight into the WinXP installation (I'd imagine due to being an OEM CD).

I had to re-install windows due to a virus attack, which I believe must have changed something in the boot registry. Any ideas please?

Preferred Solution: Solved: WinXP not booting, no recovery option on CD

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A: Solved: WinXP not booting, no recovery option on CD

Just for further info, I have tried running recovery console from another WinXP CD and running fixboot and fixmbr but no joy

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I was doing a repair using the Win XP Home SP2 (slipstreamed).

It kept hanging and rebooting by itself only to repeat the F3 Repair, or Enter to proceed with setup.

After I quit out of the program and a reboot, I was able to boot into safe mode. This is when I did the sfc /scannow.

It seems to fix it, but now I'm showing a boot menu option
Windows (default)
Windows (default)

Win XP is is showing twice!

And when I choose the first one, Windows asked me to validate or authenticate my copy. After a phone call with Microsoft my system is verified and authenticated.

However, if I choose the 2nd line Windows (default), Windows is saying I need to validate or authenticate my copy again.

How do I get rid of that 2nd line? My system seems to think I have dual boot, but for the same Win Xp.

A:Solved: WinXp showing twice in boot option

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My laptop died and I removed the hard disk; I attached the hdd to another laptop and boot it from the USB; When I select WinXP Pro (it was a dual boot hdd), a blue screen appeared with the following error message;

Blah Blah & Blah
STOP 0x0000007B (0xF7B86528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I found this

The following is not possible
To resolve this error, use the same hardware for the backup computer:

Replace the problem hardware components in the backup computer with components of the same manufacturer, make, and model as the motherboard in the computer that you are backing up.
If the system disk is a SCSI disk, use the same make and model of SCSI controller in the new computer.
If the system disk is an IDE disk, use the same kind of motherboard in the new computer, a motherboard that has the same kind of IDE chip set and the same PnP-ID as the motherboard in the computer that you are backing up.
Click to expand...

and further down the article

Although Microsoft does not support this method, you can import or merge the required registry entries, and copy the drivers beforehand to support all IDE controllers that are natively supported by Windows XP. Note that although this method might enable the relocated system disk to start successfully, other hardware differences can lead to other problems.Click to expand...

I took a peep at %SystemRoot%\Setupapi.log
but I don't know what to look for.
Alternatively I believe... Read more

A:Solved: Booting another WinXP from USB

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Hello all.Hope I am posting in the right spot.My apologies if not.I am looking for some help dual booting win xp and win 7.I was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit but was having some issues with games not having 64 bit support,so wanted to install XP 32 bit with Win 7 on dual boot,I created the partition for XP install,booted from CD install was going fine but on the first restart I got error loading operating system and was pretty much lost from there.I removed my partition and freshly installed Win XP instead of Win 7,now I want to try this again,I would like to install win 7 along with my XP.Any Help would be so greatly appreciated,I thank you in advance.

WinXP SP2 32 Bit.
Asus M2N68-AM Plus Mobo
AMD Phenom X4 2.5 Gig
XFX Radeon HD 5850 BE.
4 Gig Kingston HyperX PC8500
500 Gig Sata Hard Drive

A:[SOLVED] Dual booting WinXP and Win 7

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums
Dual Boot Your Pre-Installed Windows 7 Computer with XP - How-To Geek
Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP/Vista in three easy steps - TechSpot

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When I boot up my PC, it gives me a choice between Windows XP and Windows XP installation.

My XP works just fine, so I don't need that installation bit. Can anyone suggest how to remove it so it doesn't show it at the start?

Thank you!

A:[SOLVED] Booting up WinXP shows two OS to pick


May be you can try editing BOOT.INI file. Steps here:


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I recently bought a new laptop which I intended to use as a desktop replacement, so I could devote my other box to being a media center pc. I had a drive set up to dual boot XPSP2/Win Server 2k3 which has always worked fine on that box, and because I've had that drive for a while and have everything set up the way I like it to work from that drive, I decide to buy an enclosure for it so I can just hook it up to the laptop and boot from that drive when I need to.

I hooked it up, set my BIOS to boot from an external USB drive first, and everything appeared to be going fine. It started to boot from that drive- getting past the boot loader screen (i'm not sure if that's what it's called- the screen that lets me select which of my OSs I want to boot from), I selected XP, and the xp loading screen was displayed. After a few seconds though, I got that generic "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" message...no other useful error info was provided...

If it got that far, I'm assuming it's not a problem with my laptop or enclosure not being able to boot an OS through USB, and that drive has never given me any problems, so I'm not really sure where to start... Here are the specifics-

HD I'm trying to boot from:
Western Digital WD3000

Macally PHR 100abc (firewire 800/usb2.0 external enclosure)

HP Pavillion dv9000

System Info:
Windows XP SP2

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A:Solved: Error Booting WinXP from External USB Enclosure

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This is in regards to an HP desktop running Vista Home SP2 64. I am attempting to fix what appears to be a severely corrupted OS/and or malware infection.

This individual does not have an AV program installed. The computer, while it does work - operates so unbelievably slow that the installation or running of most programs is not a possibility - installing an AV program does not seem to be a great option at this point.

I would like to attempt a system restore - get the system back to a point when it was running okay (2 months ago). And then install a AV and run a scan.

I cannot get Sys Restore to start. Not even from an F11 boot. The HP Recovery Partition does load, yet when I select the option for Sys Restore - it just hangs forever.

Can I make or buy a CD/DVD that will allow me to run System Restore from the CD/DVD? If so, does this CD/DVD have to be HP specific? Can I do this from a retail, non HP Vista DVD?

Thank you.

A:Solved: HP Recovery Partition FAIL - next option?

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Hi there its been a long whiel since of been on these forums, happy 08 to all.

Its funny as last time i asked for help on a stop code 0x24 on my dads pc and its done the same thing today and i cannot remember how i fixed it

it wont read the hard drive and i cant bootup using safe mode or last good config as i still get the stop code.

i use his winxp home disc and it wont let me use the recovery console as it says it cant find a hard disk

it wont let me do the isntall, and then press r for repair option due to it saying no hard drive

so im not sure what to do.

shall i grab a bootcd disk, (ubcd maybe ?) and try that, see if it will let me get into anything

eitehr that or i spose ill have to slave it to mine and run a check onit (if i can) luckily its a maxtor drive and im sure they have disk diagnostics

but naywya, any guidance always appreciated guys (and gals)



A:Solved: 0x24 stopcode, no option for recovery console

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I am not currently experiencing any problems with my PC. My question is general.

Below my question I've included my system specs, in bold.

I intend to load Ubuntu 10.04 onto my home desktop machine while retaining Win XP as well. I'll be creating a dual boot system, in other words, and then using XP only to run Photoshop. The rest of the stuff I need to do gets done just fine with Firefox, Open Office and Thunderbird.

The discussions about how to do this indicate a "restore disc" for XP should be created prior to starting, unless you still have the disc that came with the system.

I have the original Dell OS "re-installation" disc, still in the envelope with the key printed on the back.

My question: is the "re-installation" disc that came with the computer the same as a "recovery disc"?

If not, what is the difference? And how do I go about creating a "recovery" disc.

Sorry for what is probably a simple minded question, but I have sometimes found myself tripped up by confusing two different technical terms or failing to realize two different technical terms are actually synonyms for one another.

Thanks for the help. I'm really happy to have blundered onto this site.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037... Read more

A:Solved: Making a recovery disc for WinXP Pro, SP3

The Disc you have that came with the computer will restore the OS to exactly as it was when you first brought it home. It will have all the crapware ie: trial versions of Norton, MS office, AOL, whatever installed. It will be outdated, as it won't have SP3 & all other critical MS updates. It won't have any of the special settings & tweaks you may have done, & it will not have any of the software you have installed. If you go that route, be sure to back up all your files, pics, docs, music, etc. You can not back up any software you installed.

Optionally, you could make an Image of the OS as it currently is. The Image could be stored on another optical disc, hard drive or other storage medium. You could restore from that & it would be an exact copy of the system & it's settings as it was at the time of the Image creation.

Have a read here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/670668-solved-exact-bootable-copy-hard.html

If you went with the Image option & for some reason it fails, you have the consolation of knowing you have the manufacturer's supplied discs to fall back on.

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Hi all.

Pretty much, the title says it all. I am wondering if Windows 7 has something like the Recovery Console of Win2K/XP, not only from the boot CD, but also if you can install those functions to the hard drive, so it comes up in your boot options?

Thank you in advanced.

A:Solved: Does Windows 7 have something like WinXP's Recovery Console?

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I know there is an option in WinXP to recover lost system files using the WinXP CD and choosing the upgrade option while installing. It has worked for me many a time. Is there a way to do it in a non booting WinXP....Here what I mean is an Xp which has got some files corrupted so badly that it wont boot.

Am just trying a new method for it. Will come up with it later. But for now can you people let me know if already there is a option to do that.

A:Repair install WinXP in a non Booting WinXP.

Did you try Disk Defragmenter?

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Sir i have lenovo thinkpad x220,unfortunatly thinkvantage blue button not working and  i had found lenovo product recovery is missing from system recovery option. i had already discuss with lenovo service centre they told me that file is corrupted. but still my win7 is running as well as updating daily, i need your help sir....I am shareing some pic
Is it possible to get defult setting, or purchage...this is my mail id: *******@yahoo.comlenovo product recovery is missing
Moderator note: ~ off-topic post moved to its own thread.  Email address removed to keep from the spambots.

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Hope someone can help - my daughter dropped her laptop .... now she tells me (over the phone - she is in Belgium, I am in UK, which doesn't make it easy ...) that when she turns it on she gets the following message :

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd rom. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair"

Now - of course she doesn't have the original setup cd rom as everything came preloaded. She does have a "recovery" cd ...but when she runs it - it suggests that it will wipe her hard file. I assume the "missing" windows file can be restored without the original windows cd ...but as I don't have my hands on the laptop I'm not sure how to do it ....he main concern is not to lose her iTunes and photo files from the hard drive.

Any ideas please ?? ( I've had great help from the folks out there before ....)

A:Solved: WinXP recovery problem - \windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt

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If I abandon my efforts to install the latest Windows 10 update, would it be a feasible and a good choice for me to command HP Recovery Manager to make the "Minimized Image Recovery" to the factory condition of OS (Windows 7 Home Edition) with drivers and select software?  I have used HP Recovery Mgr to backup my files on an external hard drive.  Next question: How do I restore those files to my computer?  Should the restoration be done in Windows 7 or after I install Windows 10 on my computer?

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Dear experts, Please help me on this as I have been seaching for a solution for about 4 hours now... Somehow my recovery partition is damaged, so I use the recovery disc which I created when I bought the computer.  I used the disc to start the computer, and after loading files and everything, in the Recovery Manager menu the "System Recovery" is greyed out.  Note that I haven't changed any hardware on the computer. Please help! Thank you!

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When I launch HP Recovery Manager to recover my system, the "System Recovery" option is greyed out and has the message "Disabled: Please use Recovery Media to recover your system." I don't have any recovery media (apart from the D:/ 'recovery' drive, if that counts.) What should I do?

A:HP Recovery Manager "System Recovery" option disabled

Hi  Try this Click Start , right-click Computer , and then select the Manage option.In the left panel of the Computer Management window, double-click Storage to expand the options.click Disk Management to display a list of partitions, also called Volumes .Right-click the Recovery partition (D , and select the Activate Volume option.

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I have an Acer Travelmate 6492 laptop.

I tried to recover my original system, for that I went to eRecovery and choose the option to restore the laptop to the factory settings.

After that it restarted and from there I'm not able to boot.

I have my recovery DVD's. I have already tried to boot with them. Everything goes fine, it installs the system and everything. But when it restarts it just doesn't boot. After the screen that shows the CPU information, etc. I just receive a blank screen nothing else.

I have tried also booting with Ubuntu. Did some lilo stuff to repair the MBR. I have tried booting with Win7 also and tried to repair the MBR but nothing seems to work.

I hope there is someone there who can help me!


A:Solved: Acer Travelmate 6492 not booting after system recovery

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This morning, I put the lime/ chrome os iso onto a thumbdrive and rather than use my old desktop i tested the boot (not install) out on my laptop. Stupid... Now while chrome had problems, i don't care about those. I want to get my windows 7 64 bit ultimate to boot, and /i want to keep the files, which luckily weren't deleted or anything. something is wrong with the booting, and both system restore and startup repair won't do a beeping thing to fix it. I need help! ( I'm on my mom's laptop now)

A:Solved: Can't Boot- only recovery (useless) files still exist- Cause= booting to chro

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Firstly, I apologise if this problem has been posted before. I did search the forums, got bored after 200 pages so thought I'd ask the experts.

My problem is small in nature, but big in irritability.

I recently reinstalled WinXp but I don;t have the option to select the UK keyboard. Best I'm left with is US. Fine for a while, I can get used to " being where @ should be, but hate having to go into Character Map for the pound sign (?).

Is there anywhere I can get the UK drivers for Windows at all??

I don't want to have to buy yet ANOTHER copy of XP.

Puzzling question, completely irrelevant to my query... What exactly DO you buy when purchasing WinXP? The license, the software, both or none??

A:UK Keyboard option in WinXp Sp2

Strangely, it appears to have corrected itself.

So. Problem solved.

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My computer is old (but I love it). And recently I hear funny clicking noises from my C drive and it cannot always be accessed. I have win2k installed on drive C and winxp on another physical hard drive D. I am using only winxp on D.

If tomorrow my C drive is dead, will I still be able to boot xp on drive D? I read that the boot file is always on C. So if that is a problem, how can I fix it before C dies?

A:Solved: Old C drive might die any moment, will it affect booting winxp on D drive?

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Hi. I currently have a Dual boot WIN98SE and WINXP setup on 1 HD and winxp on my slave HD that is corrupted.

I tried to do the repair function booting into win98 but now I have a 3rd option that is "WinXP Pro setup" on the screen where you can chose which o/s to run.

How can I delete the additional WINXP PRO setup? It's now the primary option and after just a few seconds it goes into the setup mode.

I hope I explained my problem clearly. I don't think I did.

A:How to delete WinXP Pro setup option?

Edit the C:\BOOT.INI file and change the Default and delete the extra line.

It should look something like:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINXP="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
C:\="Microsoft Windows 98SE"

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I upgraded from windows XP to window 7 and got stuck with the dual boot setup. All that I need to do is access the boot menu and change it. However I am finding that it isn't as easy to find in windows 7. When I checked MSconfig the only OS listed was windows 7. Still it stops at the beginning and asks the question. I want to keep windows 7 in the boot process and dump XP.



A:How do I remove the dual boot option for Win 7 and winXP?

Hi and welcome, Mike
Can you please post a screenshot of the full screen disk management window, so that we can understand the situation a bit better ?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi guyz,

I have 5 mahines on whcih users have restricted access, and they need to access the our data server for which the password cannot be shared to these users, so what i did is that I stored the data server passowrd by using the

user account--->Advance------->manage passoword option.

But on one system when i click the manage password in the new windows where the passowrd can be stored does not have "Add" button enabled. It looks like due to some group policy that option is disbaled. Can any one tell how to enable that option again.

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A:How to access repair option on winxp home cd

What are you wanting to "repair"?
What makes you think that whatever is wrong with your system...can be cured by "repairing" whatever?
Does the system boot into Windows now?

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Didn't know where to post this, but this question concerns a problem with the CD-ROM drive not being read in the boot menu.

The only visible option in the boot menu is the Notebook Hard Drive and nothing else.

This problem prevents me from booting a Linux installation that is required for a class.

Could anyone provide a solution for me; or at the very least help me discover the problem?

Thanks in advance; any useful information is appreciated.

A:CD-ROM not available as a booting option

Does your CD drive function? Also, did you look in the BIOS setup and not only in the boot menu.

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I have a windows XP computer, I wanted to try out vista so I made a new partition with a boot CD and then installed vista on that small partition but after a couple of days I booted again with the Boot CD and I deleted the small partition so now I only have XP on the computer,

But when I boot up the computer I still see the option of booting in 2 OS vista and earlier version of windows (XP) now if I click on vista, I am getting NO OS which is fine, but how can I take it down? I tried to Edit the BOOT.INI but I only see XP I don?t see any referents of vista, and I cannot use BCDEDIT.exe because I have XP so what should I do?

A:still see the option of booting in 2 OS???????

Hello deutschnaftula

Start>Run and type msconfig. On the boot.ini tab, click "Check all boot paths".

That should remove the dual boot option for you.


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I just cleared antivirusxp 2010 from win xp and I now have a clean running
(or so it appears, OS) however in my win explorer, my tool menu does not show
my folder options to show hidden folders, etc. do you know how I can restore
it? Thanks. Derek

A:How do I get my folder option back in winxp tools menu

You might try a repair install if you think you thoroughly cleaned your HDD...or you might explore the registry and see if you can't fix it by doing the following:1. Open Run and type regedit2. Browse to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer3. Delete the key "NoFolderOptions"4. RestartThis is all assuming you're running Windows XP, of course.

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I just got a new motherboard and wanted to reformat one of my hard drives so I could actually get into Windows but when I boot from the disk the Windows Setup gives me no option to format or install Windows. It just starts loading files, then it restarts the computer. If I try to boot without the WinXP cd it starts to load windows then blue screens because I got a different motherboard than my hard drives are used to, even in safe mode it will crash and restart. The new motherboard I got is an ECS Elitegroup GF8200A Black Series, the old one is an ASRock ALive NF6G-VSTA. My processor is an AMD Phenom 9650, I have a 650 Watt PSU, an XFX GeForce 9600 GSO, and 4 GB of RAM. The HDD I am trying to reformat is an 80 gb Maxtor, my main is a 200 GB Seagate but I don't want to reformat that one because it has all of my things on it. Any help regarding either reformatting the one hard drive or making it possible for me to boot into Windows on my main hard drive to install the neessary drivers for this new motherboard would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping.

A:No Option to Reformat when booting with WIn XP cd

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Hi experts,

please help. I cannot make my NB500 to boot to external DVD-rom because there is no option in the BIOS, only HDD, LAN and Fdd... I replaced my defective HDD... please help


A:NB500-107 - no option in booting to USB Drive

When you start your NB press please F12 to enter boot menu. Is USB option listed there?

Generally speaking Toshiba offers small tool for recovery image installation on USB stick. This bootable USB stick can be used for recovery image installation.
Have you created this USB stick in the past?

Out of curiosity: which OS do you want to install?

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Hi i have system installed with windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. Whenever i start the system it first shows the Ubuntu 12.04 and then Windows 7. If i don't press a key for 10 seconds automatically Ubuntu starts. Now i want the Windows 7 option must come on top and Ubuntu must go down and if i do no press any key then windows 7 must start. How can i do this???Can anyone help??

A:Make windows 7 as first option while booting

How did you set up the dual boot? If you used EasyBCD or similar in Windows 7 then the same should be able to change the default. If you used grub (more normal) in Ubuntu see an article such as this How do I change the GRUB boot order?.

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Hello all!
For months, my pc had no issue booting at the 230 option on my PSU. However, a few days ago I powered it down and it wouldn?t turn back on until I had switched it to 115. This wouldn?t be an issue, except now my USB microphone doesn?t work anymore because it draws too much power. Whenever I try to boot with 230 now, my pc goes on this endless cycle of trying to startup, and the fans speed up and slow down over and over and over again. It?s so annoying!

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I tried booting my hp envy x2 11-g000ea from start up via a USB and DVD, but it freezes on the setup option where I am to select my country and language. I don't know what to do.

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Hello, I've been having a problem when booting my computer today. When it gets past POST and loads operating systems (Like if I were to dual boot linux and 7) it shows windows 7 twice. At first, it was because I was installing windows to my new SSD, and left the old install on my HDD, which I planned to format and use as data storage after everything was done. I tried to delete it from my HDD, but it wouldn't let me while in windows, so I used my DVD and formatted my HDD with that, and left my SSD as active partition with boot. Soon as I restarted the computer it said something like "Bootmgr missing press ctrl+alt+delete to restart" I did that, and used my disc again to repair it but now its back to having 2 different drives with both active on their list in disk management, and two windows 7 options at boot start.
(Disk 1 is my SSD and Disk 0 is my HDD)

What I want to know is, how can I delete system reserve from my HDD and put it on my SSD without having two windows 7 options (once again I formatted the HDD so it shouldn't even have windows on it.) and put the crash dump option on to the HDD. Also why both drives are showing up as active. Thanks in advance.

A:Double windows 7 option when booting.

You didn`t unplug disk 0 during the new install did you ?

Why do you want to put the SR partition on C ? C looks fine.

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Gave my old AMD Athlon 1.7 gig computer to a friend, he's had it for a little over a week and already it's not booting up and only coming up with the screen that you can try booting up by going to Safe Mode and the other options.

Even clicking on Safe Mode sends it right back to that screen.

Now, he lives 400 miles away and if there's a simple fix, please let me know if I can explain it to him (he's not computer literate).

Before giving it to him, reformatted the HD, partitioned it and has the data on the secondary partition. Also had him try opening it up and check all cables going to the MB. Have Zone-alarm, AVG, Windows Defender and Spyware Blaster on it and all were updated when I left 6 days ago and it was running fine.

Thanks for any assistance!

A:WinXP not booting up

Sounds like Windows is crashing and automatically rebooting (the default behavior.) In order to diagnose this, we'll need to stop it from restarting.On the black screen that comes up, have your friend choose the "Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure" option:Then, the next time it fails, he'll get the infamous Blue Screen of Death. Have him write down the all the information that the BSOD shows (especially the part that looks like 0x000000(0x000000, 0x000000, 0x000000, 0x000000). This numeric code can tell us a lot about the specific problem that Windows is encountering and we can move forward with that info:

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Lately my pc will refuse to boot up. Sometimes the monitor will not light up and when it does , the keyboard and the mouse activity is frozen. I shut down and reboot and then it may not reboot until after three tries in rebooting. The little red light on the pc just keeps on blinking. After a successful reboot , all is ok.
Any ideas on this problem??

A:winXP booting

Weak power supply or hard drive. You can download hard drive utility to test drive from hard drive manufacturer.

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Hopefully there's an answer out there. I'm a long time Firefox user currently using Version 14.0.1 on a PC with W7 64bit.
Since taking the upgrade to version 14, I no longer have the option to pin the shortcut to the task bar of start menu but have to be content with the shortcut on the desktop. When right clicking on the shortcut, I no longer see the traditional option of where to pin the shortcut. I've gone back as far as Version 10.0 but the option is no longer there either.

Any ideas on what's happened or how to solve this mystery?

A:Solved: Firefox any version - No option an option to pin shortcut to Taskbar or Start

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I'm trying to repair my master boot record but when I try to access the repair my computer option using the DVD, it doesn't come up.... Instead goes straight to the drive options.
Anyone seen this before?

A:MBR Missing... No option to repair computer when booting from DVD

Here's How:
1. Boot your computer to the Windows 7 DVD (or to a "Repair CD"). At this screen choose to install now.

2. Select your language and click next.

3. Click the button for "Use recovery tools".

4. Then select "Command Prompt".

5. When open, the command prompt will look like this:

6. The command we will use, bootsect.exe, is in a folder (named boot) on the DVD.
We need to know what drive letter has been assigned the DVD drive to access the folder.

Type: diskpart
and press Enter
Type: select disk 0 (zero)
and press Enter
type: list volume
and press Enter
In this screen shot, the 7 DVD is letter: G


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I have a Dell OptiPlex GX260T running WinXP. We installed a cd-writer shortly after getting it back in '02. Well, when it was turned on Friday morning it fired up with a fairly loud whirring noise coming from near the top of the tower. I try blowing out the two cd drives (ther writer and the standard that came with the machine) with air and restarting the machine. Still whirring. I shut it down, un-plug it, and disconnect the cd-writer and fire it back up. No whirring. I shut everything completely down again and take out the bad drive. I give it another good once over with the can of air and put it back in the machine.

I start it back up and it goes through the Dell loading screen, then asks me if I want to run WinXP or WinXP. It wouldn't matter what one i would try it would then bring me to what mode I wanted to run windows in. Most likely i would have picked "from last setting that worked" or something along those lines. It crashed before the Windows loading screen would pop up. The screen would be a solid black, and the keyboard would be frozen.

When i tried it again in "safe mode" it would stop loading at "windows\system32\drivers\agp440.sys" I googled this and the most common response was to try booting from the windows install disk. from what i can gather it has something to do with my video driver.I tried this and got the same result.

Eventually, after I dont know how many restarts, i lost the signal to my mon... Read more

A:WinXp Crashes while booting

1. Run a harddrive test. Utility can be found here:


2. This may result in loss of data., so backup your data before running harddrive test.

3. If harddrive passes test, then Reinstall xp windows from your OS Disk that came with pc.

Oh also the air your blowing in the tower (hopefully not into the componentslike cdroms)

are meant just for dust purposes and the fans. If you want to clean your cdroms, one way is to use rubbing alcohol 90% on a cd or dvd (that has music on it that will autoplay)
and let it play for a min or 2.

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For some reason my "press any key to boot from CD" has vanished on startup, and I was wondering how I could boot it so that I could either format or re-install windows? And I'm PRETTY sure my BIOS settings are correct...

A:Booting from WinXP CD on startup.

in bios make sure cd rom is first booting device if that dont work it may be bad????

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Here's the thing.

The electricity went off my sister's house causing her computer to shutdown. When she tried to boot it again she got an NTLDR missing error. I fixed that by using the recovery console to copy NTLDR from the WinXP Pro CD and running fixboot. After that, whenever the computer tries to boot from the hard drive it immediately restarts.

Is there anything I can do? I've thought about making a recovery diskette, but I only have access to a couple of Linux only machines and EVERY SINGLE friend of mine that runs Windows doesn't have a diskette drive... Can I make a recovery diskette from the WinXP cd using the recovery console?

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for me? I'm kinda lost over here since I've barely touched Windows in over a year, and I'd greatly appreciate any input.


A:Troubles booting WinXP Pro

Well, I took an old diskette drive I found inside my closet and copied the boot files off a friend's machine to a floppy and then to the C drive using the recovery console. (The boot files being boot.ini, ntldr.com, ntldr.)

Just if someone experiences something similiar.

Thanks, though.

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My PC runs under WinXp Pro.

I recently got tired of not beign able to play my good old DOS Games so I tought "Hmm, why couldn't I use that old 1.4 GB Hardrive a drive on which I would install all my old favorites?"

So I installed MS-DOS 6.22 on this second (F:) drive but the problem is... I just can't figure out a way to DUAL BOOT my PC Dos/WinXP Pro.

I have everything installed and working proprely on my F: disk (Ms-Dos) and everything working properly also on my C: drive (WinXP) but the only way I can actually use my MS-DOS HD is by unplugging my C: drive which, as you can figure out, can be REALLY annoying!!

Help Anyone? Thanks a lot!!!
BeN a.k.a. tiger19_666

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I would like to know if it's possible to make a computer boot on network without a hard-drive connected to the PC.

I have a motherboard that supports network and USB boot.

My plan was to have en Pen-drive in the USB port with a small program, that told the computer that it's "hard-drive" was another's computers shared folder.

All the files should then be on the Virtual hard-drive and it have run WinXP without a hard-drive on the local client.

I know it's possible with Linux, but will WinXP let me use this kind of setup ?

All this I because we got all our servers on another location, and it would be nice, if we didn't have to worry about our customers messed up their system and we have to help the reinstall, because they don't have access to our server room.
Then we just could overwrite the old files in their virtual folder and reset the computer (it's done with a relay-box, that we can control from another computer. It simply a relay that shortcut the two reset pins on the motherboard).

If there is a hardware problem with their computer, we could easy move them to another motherboard, without spending time driving to the server room, just to move some cables.

Hope anyone can help.
Best regards
Brian Sorensen
Denmark, Europe

A:Booting winXP over network

It sounds like you want Linux. They have disturbutions of linux that run off the CD, and when you reset, it looses all customisied settings.

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Hey guys! I was recently working on my rig and last night when I closed up the case and booted up, XP stops right after the little 'Windows XP Professional' progress bar screen goes away. Always on my box, after that screen goes away there is a black screen for about 5-8 seconds, but now I can actually hear the hard drive shut down. I even tried booting in safe mode, and right after it loads Mup.sys, the HDD just shuts down. My hard drive activity light stays on, though, as do the rest of the components.


Also, I have over 1GB of (legal) downloads on this PC (tons of drivers, utilities, etc.) so I would much rather not have to reinstall and dl them again.

A:WinXP stops booting

Are you able to boot from the cd/rom? If so boot from the XP CD and do a repair of the OS and see if that brings you back up.

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Hi,Iam having an Acer Travelmate 5744z Laptop and it has Windows 7 installed.Yesterday i forgot to shutdown the laptop while i am going to sleep, and today morning when i turned it on it started to reume windows, then i've accidently pressed the power button and it just turned off. So i pressed the power button again and tried to turn on the system, but it showed something like "delete restoration data and proceed" so i've clicked on that, boom my laptop fell into bootloop.Current condition : Acer menu comes when pressing power button No BIOS options aka F2 Menu showing up, then a dash (-) comes on a black screen and then goes back to acer screen.If anyone knows fix please help me.

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A:Acer Travelmate 5744z Not booting, No Bios Option

If you put a install disk or system repair disk in the CD/DVD and start, there's a good chance it will boot from the disk. No need to go into Bios.

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Hi,Iam having an Acer Travelmate 5744z Laptop and it has Windows 7 installed.Yesterday i forgot to shutdown the laptop while i am going to sleep, and today morning when i turned it on it started to reume windows, then i've accidently pressed the power button and it just turned off. So i pressed the power button again and tried to turn on the system, but it showed something like "delete restoration data and proceed" so i've clicked on that, boom my laptop fell into bootloop.Current condition : Acer menu comes when pressing power button No BIOS options aka F2 Menu showing up, then a dash (-) comes on a black screen and then goes back to acer screen.If anyone knows fix please help me.

Go to Solution.

A:Acer Travelmate 5744z Not booting, No Bios Option

If you put a install disk or system repair disk in the CD/DVD and start, there's a good chance it will boot from the disk. No need to go into Bios.

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I've got 2 different HD's (one with Win7 and the other WinXP) for the same computer. Cloned the WinXP, then installed Win7 over it.

Is there a possibility of dual-booting these HD's so I can use programs that will only work with WinXP? Both are working by changing up the sata cables from one to the other and back again? This is getting old though.

If I'm not clear, please let me know.

A:Dual Booting with Win7 and WinXP

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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