My desktop has just suddenly refused to boot up. Was OK a couple of hours ago! It goes through the usual BIOS and POST routines and then goes to the WIN XP loading screen and there it stays with the blue bars moving across. Will not go any further. When starting up in Safe Mode, a screen full of drivers are shown and again, it just stops at the end of this first screen and does not go any further. I do not know why this is or what I can do next. Any ideas ?
the other link above is good for over installing XP, do ensure you don't press the first R for recovery, when you come to the windows setup it should show a "previous" installation of Windows and then give the R option to repair. if it doesn't then your hard drive is dodgy and you have lost any info you had on there.
if it is on there then its corrupted and the repair option should work, you will need to enter your windows key so make sure thats on the side of the pc and readable, 8 and b look very similar.
causes for your problem are dodgy hard drives in the main but dodgy psu's and memory can do the same and iffy software.
Further investigation shows that the Hard Drive activity light stops showing at the same time as computer hangs so possibly a hard drive problem ? Will have to check out hardware and will post back if and when I get a solution.
How old is the computer just thinking it maybe the Cmoss battery.Was it loosing any time. or maybe check the air vents for dust and fluff.if so inside will need cleaning out. That has been happening lately with some of the Microsoft updates doing the same to other computers.
Safe mode starts and then stops after a screen load of driver info and will go no further. Looks like the hard drive starts for a short while and then stops ! Will be getting professional help soon to try and diagnose problem.