XP wont load

  erniemilk 19:28 18 Nov 2008
Locked

I am unable to get xp to load....I have used F8 which brings up the safe mode screen, but I can get no further. I have tried all the options on that screen, nothing works.If I leave it alone it just keeps trying to load and brings up F8 screen on its own.
Just before this problem occured,I was informed there was a Windows Update to install(which I ignored)(not convenient time).
Any help would be appreciated, especially in novice language :) Thanks..Ern.

  Graham. 19:33 18 Nov 2008

Check there are no CD's, USB sticks or photo cards in slots.

  erniemilk 19:47 18 Nov 2008

No there is nothing in slots...I have changed nothing from when it was working ok!

  Spark6 19:50 18 Nov 2008

Do you have a full XP disc for your machine? If so, try a repair.

  erniemilk 19:53 18 Nov 2008

No Spark6, computer came ready loaded.

  Graham. 22:17 18 Nov 2008

Give us the details of the PC, is it a HP, Dell, etc., and model number. There may be a recovery option that you can invoke at startup.

  erniemilk 22:26 18 Nov 2008

Computer is A Packard Bell imedia 5054

  Sea Urchin 22:49 18 Nov 2008

It should come with a recovery partition - try tapping F11 as it boots up which should take you into it.

  DieSse 22:55 18 Nov 2008

My son frequently gets this with a Packard- Bell machine - usually after a power cut.

Running Checkdisk fixes it in his case.

This procedure explains how, when the system won't boot.

click here

  DieSse 22:58 18 Nov 2008

PS - I should have explained how to get the floppy disk set which you will need unless you can borrow an XP CD.

click here

  erniemilk 23:34 19 Nov 2008

I have tried f11, but nothing happens.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Alienware 17 R4 2017 review

These brilliant Lego posters show just what children's imaginations are capable of

Mac power user tips and hidden tricks

Comment réinitialiser votre PC, ordinateur portable ou tablette Windows ?