Booting Issues in Windows® XP®

Get to know more about boot problems in Windows XP

A system failing to boot properly is one of the most common troubleshooting problems in Windows XP OS. These failures can be due to a number of issues, including weakly written or malicious software, defective device drivers, hardware incompatibilities, corrupt or missing system files and erroneous system configurations. After determining the basis of the problem, fixing it is very easy if you use a methodical and gradual approach. Windows XP will automatically load and startup all the applications that are in the startup folder whether you wish to use them or not. You can speed up the boot process of your Windows XP OS by removing the applications that usually put it down.

Following are tips to fix the boot problem of Windows XP OS:

  • Obtain Last Known Good Configuration

  • Use Recovery Console

  • System Restore

Obtain Last Known Good Configuration

If you return to the last known good configuration of your PC, it will permit you to undo any variations that caused troubles in the CurrentControlSet registry key, which describes hardware and driver settings. This attribute restores the contents of the CurrentControlSet registry key with a backup that was last used to proficiently boot the Windows XP OS. For this, at first restart the PC by pressing 'Ctrl+Alt+Delete'. Then you should select the OS to start or listen to the single beep, then press 'F8' to display the Windows Advanced Options menu. Now you must select the Last Known Good Configuration from the menu and hit 'Enter'. If it fails to restore your OS on the first attempt that means the backup copy is also corrupted.

Use Recovery Console

Start your computer from the Windows XP Operating System CD-ROM; once the PC begins booting from the CD then simply follow the prompts that will allow the loading of the basic files needed to run Setup. But keep in mind that you have to know the Administrator's password to use the Recovery Console in XP. When the Welcome to Setup screen pops up on your screen, press R to begin the Recovery Console. You will then notice a Recovery Console menu. It shall then exhibit the folder containing the files of the OS and will also prompt you to pick the OS you want to log on to. Just press the menu number on your system's keyboard, and you will be able to enter the Administrator's password. Now you can reach the main Recovery Console prompt.

System Restore

System Restore runs in the backdrop and it will continuously observe components for changes. When it identifies a change in the PC, System Restore right away makes backup copies, called restore points of these components before any modification occurs. To start System Restore, first restart the computer by pressing 'Ctrl+Alt+Delete'. When you see the message, you have to choose the OS to start or take note of the single beep, and next press 'F8' to display the Windows Advanced Options menu. At that time, opt the Safe Mode item from the menu and then hit 'Enter'. Once Windows XP OS boots into Safe mode click 'Start', access All Programs then hit 'Accessories' and then click 'System Tools' menu, and select 'System Restore'. As you are operating in Safe mode, the only option on screen of the System Restore wizard is to Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time, and it is preferred by default, you should then click 'Next'. Now you have to follow the wizard to opt a restore point and then start the restoration process.

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