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    Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    PC keeps cycling through the boot up choices menu. Whichever option I choose, it starts to boot into Windows & then comes back out to the boot up options screen.

    I tried to boot from the CD & got as far as the option to reinstall, but it asked for a full version of XP.

    My disk is an upgrade disk (I upgraded from ME to XP) and I can't get any further.

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks,

    Kevin

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    First, have you tried to boot to Safe Mode (press F8 when the PC first "beeps" in the BIOS startup screen)? If that doesn't help we'll have to wait for a Lounger with some upgrade experience. My XP CD is a full version, so I don't know what happens when you boot with an upgrade CD. I would think you could continue to a repair screen, possibly expecting to get asked for your WinME disk or key number somewhere along in the process, but I'm not sure.

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    Hi AL.

    It doesn't matter if I try any of the Safe Mode options, Last Good Configuration or Normal start up, the PC attempts to boot up & then returns to the Boot choices menu!

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    From the command prompt type drwtsn32 and check the crash log file for any suspect apps.
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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    What is the exact error message? You should be able to reinstall from an upgrade disk. You'll just need to provide proof via an ME cd that you have a prior version. Have you tried booting into the recovery console? Can you hear the disk spin up? You could be having disk, memory or power problems. You may want to open the case, clean out any accumulated dust, and make sure all connections are tight.

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    Hey Joe, he's been saying the "boot choices menu." Could it be that he has a corrupt boot.ini file and if so, how would one replace it with a good copy, using the Windows CD? I've never done that.

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    I suppose that could be a problem. If he can use the CD and boot into the recovery console perhaps he can edit it.

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    Re: Can't start XP Home (XP Home SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Argus on 17-Apr-06 17:28. Minor typo.)</P>Hi Al,
    That is a good question, maybe problem with boot.ini. If he can not change automatic reboot when error, it can be hard to see any BSOD.

    As to the boot.ini; I have been lucky not having to use recovery console that much, but there is a command "Bootcfg" that can be used in Recovery console.

    You can for instance make a backup: bootcfg /copy
    List entries: bootcfg /list
    Rebuild the Windows boot.ini: bootcfg /rebuild (Should make a backup first!)

    For this procedure the user must know a little about how to use Recovery console and what should be in a boot.ini file, i.e. load identifier and load options (

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