start up is stuck in a loop and it wont stay on

  DrLector 15:18 20 May 2009

Im not shore i explained it properly in the title but on my 2nd pc (xp) when i turn it on the black select safe mode/ start windows normally screen comes up and a countdown starts to make the selection for you if you don't pick on, anyway no matter what i pick, safe mode or start normal it dose the same thing, it stats to load up, i get the Compaq screen come up then strat back to the black safe mode screen ? nothing i do can change it, i left my PC running last night to run a avg scan as it was picking up some viruses, my fear is iv picked up something nasty ?
is this a tec problem or virus and what can i do ???

thanks for any help

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:29 20 May 2009

Not a virus or tec problem a corrupt windows file

You need a XP CD and do a repair:
Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

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

  birdface 15:45 20 May 2009

Probably will not start in safe mode either but worth a try.Just keep tapping F8 as the computer starts and see if it works.

The next time you do a scan with AVG .Press change scan settings.Additional scan settings.
Tick shut down computer on scan completion.

Once the scan is comleted it automatically shuts down the computer.A great little tool.

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