Windows XP home start up problem

  Bigarch 20:54 23 Aug 04

On start up I get the following message "We apologise for any inconvenience but Windows did not start succesfully a recent hardaware or siftware device may have caused this. If computer stops responding choose last known good configuration. If previous start start up was interrupted power or rest - chosse start windows normally"

No new software or hardware were installed since the computer last worked ok last wednesday and was shut down as normal the.

I have tried to open Safe Mode; Safe Mode with Command prompt without success - i cannot get beyond this screen.

The final message I get is a long list of files like "multi,(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows\system\drivers\ (and a whole list of files ending in) sys.

I want to avoid using the rescue boot disk if I can as I have some important files on the hard disk.

Any advice would be welcome

  stalion 20:58 23 Aug 04

run a disc check to see if you have any problems with any files

  woodchip 20:58 23 Aug 04

Start computer keep pressing F8 as it starts then choose last known good configuration

  peeeeeeeeter 20:59 23 Aug 04

Can you actually get into windows? If so, select start>run and type in sfc /scannow and see if that helps.

  stalion 21:01 23 Aug 04

I sometimes wonder if the threads are read properly,already stated can not get in to safe mode

  Bigarch 21:12 23 Aug 04

thanks for responses so far - can't get in to windows at all. have tried F8 can't get into safe mode or last known good configuration.

Stalion - how do I run a disk check from this initial screen?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:16 23 Aug 04

change BIOS to 1st boot from CD

Boot with XP cd in drive

Select at the first screen to repair the system

This will not overwrite your data files.

For full details click here

  VoG II 21:17 23 Aug 04

"rescue boot disk " - is this a recovery disk or a full Windows XP disk?

  stalion 21:28 23 Aug 04

you can not run a disc check unless you can boot up,we await your answer to VoG™ question Regardsd

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