Computer starts up with all the options

  s99Raj 22:08 20 Apr 2005

I've just formatted a hard drive and added XP Home to it, and activated it. All went well. Now every time whether I go to Start/Turn Off Computer/Turn Off or to Start/Turn Off Computer/Restart I always get the screen that starts off by saying :

"We Apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this", etc.

It doesn't make any difference which of the following options I choose next :

-Safe Mode

-Safe Mode with Networking

-Safe Mode with Command Prompt

-Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

-Start Windows Normally

it always gives me the same message when I next start up.

What could be causing this?

  s99Raj 22:27 20 Apr 2005

any ideas please?

  woodchip 22:29 20 Apr 2005

What was the last Software or Hardware you loaded

  s99Raj 22:34 20 Apr 2005

No additional hardware was loaded before - it was working fine. The HD was getting clogged up with rubbish etc. so i decided to clean it by formatting and adding Windows XP. That's all that's on it. Not even Service Pack 1 helped. Before and after, I got the same problem and it's still there. All relevant motherboard, graphics, sound drivers have been installed too.

  Chegs ® 22:38 20 Apr 2005
  woodchip 22:39 20 Apr 2005

Remove all but basic hardware and see how it goes

  s99Raj 22:42 20 Apr 2005

Tried that, woodchip. I have just the m/b, onboard graphics and sound, RAM and a hard drive installed. Still same problem.

  Chegs ® 22:49 20 Apr 2005

click here

Try "chkdsk /r" or "fixboot" from the "Recovery Console"

To get to the console,boot from the XP CD.When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R to select the repair option.

  s99Raj 22:53 20 Apr 2005

I don't see the point in trying to repair or to fixboot as it's a clean install. However, maybe the chkdsk will point to a physical hard disk problem, maybe?

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