Windows won't start...

  Seadog 21:02 27 May 2004

My home computer (P4 2.4 GHz) won't start up Xp. On initial start it goes to the black backgroung displaying the Xp logo with the moving green bands. After the usual time this runs for, the screen then goes black but instead of the opening screen appearing the computer restarts and I get a screen with the options of safe mode with or without network, normal or command prompt. The computer will start in these modes but I can't get anywhere. Opening device manager opens a blank window with no devices showing, likewise opening other items in control panel - just an empty window!
I have run AVG 7.0 - no virus found.
I recently installed (early this afternoon)a new printer (HP Dj 3650) and MS Plus! for Xp but the machine was working Ok after this. The fault only appeared after I restarted the computer this evening.
I have also followed the troubleshooting guide and isolated various start ups from msconfig with no joy.
Any help will be greatly appreciated, before I throw it out the window!

  rômanab 21:08 27 May 2004

Once in safe mode have you tried returning to a previous restore point

  Fruit Bat 21:13 27 May 2004

when in safe mode tpe sfc in run box

this will check for missing / corrupt files

  Seadog 21:15 27 May 2004

Yes, but it doesn't matter which restore point I pick it doesn't work! The machine goes through the procedure to restore but when it tries to restart it fails at the same place - just after the "green bare" screen.

  Seadog 21:16 27 May 2004

Sorry that last remark was directed to romanab will try sfc now....

  Seadog 21:18 27 May 2004

sfc doesn't work, the screen just flashes and the run box vanishes!

  Mo H 21:53 27 May 2004

click here

It may help. Also, when doing 'Repair' password is usually nothing

  rômanab 21:54 27 May 2004

You may need to repair click here or click here

  Seadog 22:06 27 May 2004

sorry chaps, got to go out - will post back later.

  Seadog 00:36 28 May 2004

Nope, nothing seems to work, the computer won't go past the first screen so at present I am re-installing Xp so far so good!

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