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    windows startup (windows xp home)

    I turned on my other pc last week (dell dimension desktop) and everything started up fine until right after the xp screen with the blue loading bar. after that i get a error message on a blue screen which I can't read cause it stays for like 5 seconds and reboots. I have no idea how it got that way. I was told to put in the windows disk and try to repair so I can get really important stuff out. I get the recovery console and I don't know DOS at all. I would like to avoid a clean install for now. Is there anything I can do at home or should I bring it to a repair shop.

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    Re: windows startup (windows xp home)

    If you can boot to Safe Mode (F8 as the system is starting), you should then be able to look at the event logs (Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Event Viewer). You can also turn off the "automatic reboot" (again if you can boot to safe mode). Right click on My Computer>Properties>Advanced tab. Select Settings in the Startup and Recovery section and then uncheck "Automatically restart" in the System failure section.
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    Re: windows startup (windows xp home)

    You should be able to do a "repair reinstall"
    Boot to the XP CD and on the first screen where it mentions repair ( recovery console ) skip that and go to the second screen where you should have the choice to again "repair" XP, OR do a clean reinstall. Opt for this second repair not the clean reinstall and you should be able to reistall XP without blowing away your other data.
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    Re: windows startup (windows xp home)

    Take a look here and see if this resolves your problem.
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