Serious Error

  muffin1947 20:08 24 Dec 2007

Three times today I have been out and when I got back my computer had started to reboot but had only got half way.I rebooted it and when the desktop appeared there was a message which said your computer has just recovered from a serious error.Then when I was sitting at it doing a email it suddenly turned off and started to reboot but again only got about half way through the process.Again it said there had been a serious error.Anyone have any ideas.Virus maybe all my anti virus is up to date


  Siberian Winter 20:17 24 Dec 2007

How old is your computer? I had a similar problem and it turned out my hard drive was on its way out. A new one solved the problem.

  SB23 20:23 24 Dec 2007

Is it getting too hot?

Check all the fans are running, and check for fluff withing the case.

  SB23 20:43 24 Dec 2007

withing should read within, me thinks the lager is begining to affect my typing.

  Miros 01:13 25 Dec 2007

Had similar problem on an old windows 98 machine which was driving me up the wall, tried lots of things before doing a part re install C:\WINDOWS*

(* is a wild card) this reinstalled just Windows system and left all other settings and everything else intact, and problem was solved.

  Miros 01:18 25 Dec 2007

I used my recovery CD which offers Full, Part or select file recovery, I selected PART recovery.

  birdface 10:19 25 Dec 2007

Try Safe mode.Last good configuration.See if that works.

  Technotiger 10:57 25 Dec 2007

Or if XP, try Safe mode and System Restore.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:10 25 Dec 2007

Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  Miros 11:11 25 Dec 2007

On refection I could have put in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM*

I trust that you have not acted on the earlier posting yet.

  birdface 18:37 27 Dec 2007

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