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Dell Optiplex GX260 computer wont boot into Windows XP Pro.


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Everything was OK, until I (foolishly) inserted a Microsoft Windows 95 CD-ROM Setup Boot Disk. Somehow I have disturbed the startup procedure and now can't boot up Windows XP Pro.

The screen now says:-

Starting Windows 95...

TOSHIBA Enhanced-IDE CD-ROM Device Driver (ATAPI) Version 2.01 (C) Copyright Toshiba Corp. 1995. All rights reserved.

Not find CD-ROM drives.

Microsoft OEM Software Preload Utility

OEM Preload is connecting to the reference system

Device driver not found: 'CARRERA'.

No valid CDROM device drivers selected

OEM Preload is transferring the files

Invalid drive specification

0 File(s) copied

An error has occured while transferring the files to the target machine.

Preload integrity is compromised, unable to continue.

Press CTRL+C

When I press CTRL+C screen asks Terminate batch job (Y/N)?

If I select 'Y', I end up getting prompt C:\FACTONLY>...

How can I get my computer working again?

Thanks for reading my post. All suggestions will be gratefully received.

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Fruit Bat - I can now access XP via 'safe mode', it doesn't boot normally - I have tried system restore...but still can't boot normally into windows XP pro.

This is ok - because,now, I will be able to save important files from the original hard drive and replace it with a higher capacity one, with a fresh install of windows xp.

I had made a backup about a year ago, with Acronis True Image, but unfortunately the backup file was corrupt.

Thanks again.

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Have you tried device manager in safe mode to see if any problems.

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buteman - yes. Running CHKDSK at moment. has found errors.

I am not surpised!

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After uninstalling 'xp service pack 3' and two other 'NET' updates, last night,(in 'SAFE MODE'),I was pleasantly surprised to see my computer boot up normally, when I switched on this morning.

I might not have to reinstall Windows XP, after all.

Making several good backups will be next on my todo list!

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