XP startup problems

  Thunder3 17:58 12 Nov 2006

Sometimes when i start my PC everything starts up fine except none of the programs will respond if I click on them. It doesnt even let me restart my computer by using the start menu (I have to hold the button for 5 seconds to restart). This problem doesnt occur everytime I startup it seems like it does it at random times. Any suggestions?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:00 12 Nov 2006

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.

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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.

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  Pressure_tester 20:10 12 Nov 2006

For the past 6 months, every time I started XP a different 'problem' was listed on the blue screen. Ultimately I did not turn off the computer, except for the peripherals. One day, when turning on the peripherals (printer etc) the computer stopped. That gave a clue - the startup loading on the processor took a load on the power supply that then dropped in voltage.
The problem was that the power supply was not well.
Took it out, opened it up (obviously disconnected) and it did not smell good, and one part was brown and crusty. Got a replacement, with a bit more grunt, and all is now well.
I know very little about computers, however am observant.

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