I am having trouble with my PC. It starts to boot but after it reaches a certain stage it just either locks up or starts to boot again.
It will boot into safe mode, I have done this a number of times and tried the following to rectify the problem:
System restore; Virus scan; Windows Defender scan.
The restore was successful and the virus/defender scans came up with nothing, but still it won't boot. I tried safe mode with networking so I could go online and download my graphics drivers to reinstall them but they won't install in safe mode as it says I don't have DX 8.
The system is almost five years old and I cannot find the XP restore disk it came with. Any ideas what I can do? Or am I at the stage of biting the bullet and splashing out on a new system.
Thanks for the reply chub. I don't have SP3 installed (safe mode says SP2 build number). I am at work at the moment but I will try that later when I get home regardless. It certainly sounds similar and i'm exasperated enough to try anything!
When you get to the safe mode menu you will see an option in the list that says VGA in the title (the reason this is there is because you are not able to uninstall drivers in XP safe mode)select this option and let it boot up to a desktop in VGA mode at 800 x 600 when there you can uninstall or use the driver roll back feature on the graphics card drivers