I replaced my hard drive in my stand by PC, all was well for a week of so (Idont use this PC much now it is only a spare). Now when I try to boot up it goes to the Windows logo and then the progress bar just stops.(Win XP) I did have this problem before replacing the hard drive, and thought I had sloved this by replacing it (and as i say it did work fine for a while after replacing it) PC is about 4 years old so do I persevere or call it a day? I would like to have it as a spere but need to look at costs that maybe involved.
Before you replace the PSU I suggest you start in safe mode and see what happens - read the screen until it stops. Sometimes driver conflicts etc can cause Windows to hang during boot up. Had you recently added any devices or changed drivers?
Re. PSU, best to open case and check make/model/wattage then list existing connectors in use - i.e. no. and type.
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.