Boot -Up does not complete

  jaycup 17:26 05 Feb 2005

On Boot-Up Windows XP is stalling after displaying my desktop background. It shows "loading personal settings" and a few seconds later this changes to "Logging-off" and this goes on and off as long as the power is on, the only way out is to switch off. Naturally I cannot use the computer, has anyone got an answer for this. I cannot boot into safe-mode either (same problem) and I tried using Recovery Consul to repair boot files and boot record but this failed as well.

  AndySD 17:41 05 Feb 2005
  jaycup 19:40 05 Feb 2005

Thanks, great link but unfortunately I have no system restore points I had cause to swirch this off and did not get the opportunity to switch it on again.

  woodchip 19:55 05 Feb 2005

Start computer and keep pressing F5 Safe mode then in Start\Run type MSCONFIG and remove all ticks in box's under Startup Tab then try start normal. If it works put one Item back at a time and test your computer for startup

  jaycup 20:08 05 Feb 2005

Cannot get in to safe mode for the reasons stated earlier even safe-mode boot up stops at "Loading Personal Settings" so boot up does not complete. I am sorry but I cannot explain the problem any clearer. I have no desktop either in the normal mode or in safe-mode.

  mgmcc 20:33 05 Feb 2005

Can you boot with "Last Known Good Configuration"?

If not, can you boot to the "Safe Mode with Command Prompt only" option? From there you should be able to run System Restore from the Command Prompt by typing:

c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and [Enter]

  mgmcc 20:35 05 Feb 2005

Oops! Sorry, didn't notice you have no Restore points to go back to :-(

  JonnyTub 20:36 05 Feb 2005

If you have an xp cd, try repairing the installation.

  jaycup 09:42 06 Feb 2005

hanks for all the help but in the end I solved the problem by using a Drive Image of my C:\ drive to restore back to 31 Jan. This has solved the problem but of course I have lost work and e-mails and downloads done since that date.
I would like to have known a better way to fix the problem and even better what caused it because my computer has been behaving very well of late. I guess this is the 'joy' of Computing!.

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