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    ruirib,
    I cannot get to any restore points. I am still trying to get the OS up and running. I completed the process of renaming the 5 files and copy the same ones from the repair file into the config file. During reboot it went right to the BSD. I will say though that it now takes slightly longer to try to boot into WinXP, but it still goes blue with that message I posted earlier.

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    The fact that you cannot boot even with default registry settings is troubling. Either you have hardware issues, or your BIOS settings were changed in a way as to cause this. Did you change any BIOS settings?

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    This is a reach, given the symptoms and the BSOD error message, but if you can get to the command prompt you might try thr Fix Masterboot Record command from there (fdisk /mbr) or you could boot to the CD and use the Recovery Console to do it.
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    There have been no changes to the Bios. The Dell provided test program has found no problems with the hard drive. I tried the "fixmbr" command. It created a new master boot record but it still hangs just after the Windows splash page. What about running the fixboot command? Could this help? It asks to create a new bootsector to the partition.

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    I think you quite likely have an hardware issue. Your computer is booting, it is failing when trying to load the OS, so I don't think the MBR has any issues.

    You can try a boot disk from one of the linux distros that do not require an install and see how that goes. You can also try a boot disk from one of the 3rd party imaging apps and see if you can create a disk image, to save what you have now and then maybe try a factory reset. My guess is that probably any such attempts will fail, but one never knows...

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    What about running the fixboot command? Could this help? It asks to create a new bootsector to the partition.

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    I don't think your bootsector has been affected. The computer boots, even if the windows loading process fails. I must say I don't see that your suggestion would be helpful. Sorry.

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    At this point, I have to agree with ruirib about it being hardware. What he says about the boot sector is right. If it boot, even part way, it's probably something else.

    Are you still unable to access the Advanced Startup menu ?? If so, try selecting Last Known Good, rather than Safe Mode and see if it boots to that. If not, I'd either go for a clean reinstall of XP, if it will take, or retire the machine. Otherwise, take it to a local shop for evaluation. We can't fix hardware from here.
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    Rizone Repair

    This can help fix many messy windows problems, and will run as a portable application. Download the portable version 1.9.
    http://www.tweaking.com/content/page...ll_in_one.html
    This program, Tweaking.com - Windows Repair, has fixed several problemos for me.


    The Rizone Repair is at:
    http://www.technibble.com/rizone-com...ection-issues/
    but it is for internet repair.
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