Fix Startup Issues in Microsoft Windows XP using Windows Startup Disk

by admin on July 5, 2010

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Is your Windows XP operating system based computer not booting up properly, even if the hardware components power up properly? The problem cannot be related to the operating system itself. In such cases, you need to start the troubleshooting expedition, which involves getting into operating system, finding out the exact issues, and then resolving it. When it happens, your system does not boot up and you can not get into it. This behavior prevents you from accessing hard drive partitions and stored data. It leads to critical partition loss situations and require partition recovery software to fix it.

One of the most common methods to troubleshoot Windows XP start errors is to use a Windows startup disk. Windows startup disk is a floppy that can help you fix the problem that are caused when either the files that are used by Windows operating system to boot up or startup record for active Windows partition have got damaged.

You can easily create a Startup disk by using a working Windows XP computer. For this purpose, the computer must be similarly configured. To do so, insert the floppy disk in drive and open My Computer. Right-click the icon of floppy disk and choose Format option from context menu. When Format dialog box appears, leave all default settings intact and click Start button. After successful completion of format operation, click Format dialog box and return of the My Computer window. Access root directory by double-clicking the ‘C’ drive icon, and copy the below mentioned files to floppy disk:

Ntdetect.com

NTLDR

Boot.ini

 

After creating the Windows startup disk, insert the floppy in floppy drive of affected Windows computer and reboot your system using Ctrl + Alt + Delete. When you start your system using startup disk, it bypasses boot files and active partition.

In case you do not have a Windows computer with similar configuration, it is not possible to create Windows startup disk. In such situations, you need to format the hard drive and reinstall operating system to fix the problem. However, it removes all the data from hard drive and put you in need of windows data recovery.

Recovery is possible using Windows partition recovery software. These applications recover partition in safe way with read-only and non-destructive conduct. The applications use high-end scanning techniques to ensure absolute recovery.

StellarPhoenix Windows Data Recovery is a powerful, yet easy to use application to recover lost Windows partitions. The software is designed for Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000. It supports recovery of NTFS, NFTS5, FAT32, VFAT, FAT16, and FAT12 file system partitions.

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Erase Hard Drive September 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

I experienced having the same problem. I tried booting it up all over again until the screen has nothing to display so I decided to bring my laptop to a friend and did the same step on this post. Thanks for sharing.

Alex September 7, 2010 at 6:41 am

how about shut down issues? a lot of computers running on XP are really sloooowwww when it comes to shutting down. i’m trying to look for an online IT consultant. free consultation. lol

Jason@Assassin Games October 5, 2010 at 6:17 am

Excellent tips. Here’s another I may add when it comes to fixing slow start up problems on a windows xp machine.

go to Start, them select run, type in “msconfig” without the quotes. Select the Start Up tab. Uncheck any unnecessary or malware programs that are starting up here.

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