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How to Fix When Your Computer Won't Continue To Load Windows

Updated on July 31, 2012

UPDATE: Hi there, I have a new updated version of this article at one of my blogs here's the exact link http://bootfix.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-fix-windows-xp-infinite-boot-loop.html - it has videos and pictures to give you a more illustrative guide.

I know many of you rely most of their work with the computer, who wouldn't? this is the new age where most work are done by computers. So what happens if something is wrong with it? This means no chatting, no business, no hubbing and more.. Aren't you gonna do anything? Or try this guide to solve it.

On my experience on troubleshooting computers, the most common problem I've encountered is "Can't continue to load windows" or some say "Can't boot up". It shows you that Windows XP progress bar is working but suddenly it restarts and takes you back to POST mode. These happens repeatedly even though you choose to start windows normally or start windows on safemode. Most of the time these problem occurs when there is a sudden loss of power (ex. brownouts, power unplug) while working on windows and sometimes improper shutdown after using.

If you encountered this scenario then you may want to try these simple instruction and guide on how to fix it. All you need is your Windows XP installer disk and a working CD-ROM. I will try my best here to illustrate to you the step by step procedure on how to go about it. So lets get started....

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  • Turn On your computer and continually press DEL button to enter BIOS Setup. In case the DEL button does not work, press one of these keys F1, F2, F10 because some computers such as DELL, HP or Compaq use these to access the BIOS. (You may also see it while in POST MODE)

POST MODE SCREENSHOT - PRESS DEL - CHECK YOUR BIOS
POST MODE SCREENSHOT - PRESS DEL - CHECK YOUR BIOS
  • Within the BIOS go to Advanced Features Settings and look for First Boot and make sure to choose CD-ROM. Selecting the CD-ROM to first boot will allow the operationg system to boot from your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. Just in case your BIOS is different from the illustration you see below, you may want to look around and find Boot Sequence or something similar, just make sure to make first boot on CD-ROM/DVD-ROM.

  • If you have setup the BIOS correctly to boot on CD-ROM then we will now save the settings and exit. Press ESC key then F10 or select "Save settings and Exit" then hit Enter.

  • Next insert Windows XP installer disk into your CD/DVD Drive and watch closely to your screen as you will be prompted to press any key to boot from CD-ROM. Or you may press any keys before it shows up.

Press Any Key To Boot From CDROM
Press Any Key To Boot From CDROM
  • It will now inspects, detect devices and load files on your, these would probably take 5 mins to finish.
  • You will have 3 choices to select and pressing 'R' for Recovery Console is what we should select. Now hit 'R' key.

  • Press and enter key 1 then provide the administrator password.

  • On the command prompt, type the following commands CHKDSK C: /P then hit ENTER key.
  • It will now start checking the disk for consistency and will try to recover and correct any errors on its directories. It will also check if there are bad sectors on the drive.
  • After recovery is complete, repeat CHKDSKC: /P command for the last time then type EXIT command afterwards to exit recovery console.
  • Now Remove Windows XP Installer from your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM. These should now continue to boot to Windows by selecting Start Windows Normally.


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      Eric Q. 8 years ago

      I tried the steps and it worked! THANK YOU.

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      Eric..

      I'm glad that this hub help you..

      Have a great day!!!

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      mi_vida4g 8 years ago from Philippines

      Will apply this for future computer troubles.

      I encourage you to keep posting hubs like this.

      Thanks a lot.

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      Thanks..

      Will post more on this...

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      Tim 8 years ago

      what would i do if the computer does not recognized the administrator password?

      Thank you,

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      In your case, you have to use a special password remover disc which you not find easily. A friend of mine sells this kind of disc and I did get one from him. I tried it and works perfectly in removing administrator password.

      Since you don't have that disc you have no other option but to reformat and install fresh windows on it.

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      hipposq 8 years ago

      WLL IT WORK IF I USE WINDOWS 98 I LOST THE XP DISC

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      It doesn't work on windows 98 disc on windows xp..

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      Jodi 8 years ago

      Just want to say thanks!!! I have been trying to fix my computer for 3 days. I cant believe I fixed it... I printed your instructions anddddd it worked.

      Thanks so much...

      Jodi

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      Hi Jodi. I'm happy to know that..

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      sanka 8 years ago

      i tried all this step but it still it won't work. it still brings me back to the old page. i need help

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      The procedure above does not work on every problem, kindly elaborate more on your problem?

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      FunFacter 8 years ago from Canada

      Good Work babybrownfox but i have one curisoity. how did u manage to get the screenshots. An external Camera Or Something??

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      @Funfacter

      Thanks..

      External camera and cropped on Adobe Photoshop.

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      alliant 8 years ago

      it worked up until i hit the "r", then the computer does nothing. But this was the most helpful information i've had so far.

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      bulldog  8 years ago

      i need some help you help a littile im just 13 but im smart with compters

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      Good to hear that kid-o.

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      Alex 8 years ago

      Thank you very much for this it helped.

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      nimrod 7 years ago

      my hp laptop wont access on bios setup and system recovery when i press f10(bios setup) & f11(system recovery) the screen is blank.... can you help me trouble shoot... and tell me what could have been the problem...

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      nimrod 7 years ago

      my hp laptop wont access on bios setup and system recovery when i press f10(bios setup) & f11(system recovery) the screen is blank.... can you help me trouble shoot... and tell me what could have been the problem... thanks....

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      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      @nimrod

      If you can open your laptop and reset cmos bat it may help. If you don't know how to do this please do refer to your laptops manual.

      Hope that helps

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      jhunskie 7 years ago

      not working to me i follow the instruction

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      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      @jhunskie

      There are some situations that this may not work due window files or folders that are missing or infected by computer virus. If this is the case you should try reinstalling your windows XP using the same service pack that was currently installed.

      Please do not try to reinstall windows xp if you do not know how because you might accidentally reformat the entire disk. Google through to know more about reinstalling windows xp. But If you think you're knowledgeable enough please do this with your own risk.

      Have a great day!

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      jhunskie 7 years ago

      thnks ^^

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      Mason 7 years ago

      Hey,

      I've tried each and all of your steps and yet i'll still faced with the same problem.

      Is there something wrong with my computer ?

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      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      @Mason

      Try reinstalling your Operating System. Use your windows xp cd to do this but make sure you know how to reinstall windows or else you might accidentally reformat your drive and you will lose all your files. Do this with your own risk.

      I may soon create hub on how to reinstall windows so please subscribe and get updated.

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      Cherry 7 years ago

      Does this work on vista? Cause I think I can acres some of the features like one the xp version. Cause my only problem is that when I started my computer after installing windows 7 it would only open up to a black screen saying : varifying DMI pool data and stay that way.

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      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      This is only applicable for windows xp OS not for windows vista. thanks for dropping by..

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      muka mo 7 years ago

      tnx for the help... it really works..

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      rusley anne 7 years ago

      thanks a lot..... your a great instructor.

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      rusley anne 7 years ago

      hi! every time i play a online games my pc turn to hang and after that turn to blue screen..... please help me what will i do to fix this problem. thanks!

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      babybrownfox 6 years ago

      Hi Rusley,

      Blue screen could be a serious problem to your computer. If you don't have any technical experience on troubleshooting, please try to leave it with the experts.

      However many blue screen occurs when there's hardware malfunctioning and most of the time because of RAM(memory) defect or the motherboard. Swapping parts to identify the problem will be the basic things you can do but like I said you can let the experts handle it before messing up the entire computer.

      Good Luck..

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      Liam 6 years ago

      When I press 'R' to repair it, it flicks to a blue screen saying "A problem has been detected...". Not sure what to do :(

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      babybrownfox 6 years ago

      @Liam,

      In your case. Windows may need to be reinstalled or reformatted.

      Warning: Reformatting will delete all files.

      To learn how to reformat your windows xp. You can visit www.hiwayparkcomputers.blogspot.com

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      jimmydataworld 6 years ago

      hi, the error is log on to windows how to fix it?

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      babybrownfox 6 years ago

      @jimmydataworld, can you elaborate more about the problem. Be specific please, so that I could precisely help you.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      Awesome men! thanks for the help... i fish my PC w/o reformatting it :D

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      Thankyou 5 years ago

      OMG!! This was the only thread I found that saved my computer!! I've been at this for hours and nothing worked or the instructions weren't clear. YOU'RE A LIFE SAVER!!! Thanks a million...

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      babybrownfox 5 years ago

      You're welcome my friend. Please checkout my blog site for more techy stuffs http://techystudent.com

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      babybrownfox 5 years ago

      So glad that this article had help you solve your computer problem. Please do checkout my blog for more computer stuffs. http://techystudent.com

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      Ian Furber 4 years ago

      Hi the main game on my computer (Command and Conquer for DOS) I have been playing since it was first released and running it under Windows 98SE. I also have Windows XP on my system. One problem is if I used the CD C&C disk which is needed if I placed it in a CD drive it always runs fine. However if I tried to run it in my DVD drive (much quieter) it would refuse to run. As new CD drives are no longer available I was thinking that eventually I could no longer play the game. Hoever when I moved the DVD drives small jumper to the Cable Select pins it recognises and runs my game CD fine.

      Ian

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      Ian Furber 4 years ago

      If I want to make a boot floppy for windows 98SE i simply place a 1.44 floppy in the drive and from the DOS prompt type in format a:/s/v:boot This formats the disk and installs the system start files to create a boot up disk.

      If you start your computer into Windows then delete the MSdos.sys file off the floppy disk. Then in windows explorer (File Manager) copy the MSdos.sys file to the floppy in drive A: also copy the Autoexec.bat and the Config system from your Hard drive to your floppy disk in drive A:

      Remove the disk and write protect it by sliding the small protect tab on the floppy to the open position. So what should happen if you boot with this floppy it will take you straight into your windows desktop in full operational mode.

      Ian

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      nisar 4 years ago

      hi i hAD FORMAT SP 2 DESKTOP N IT GOT STUCK BETWEEN N MY NEW XP2 CD GOT SCRTCH N NOW NOT WORKING N WHEN I PUT ANOTHER CD ASK FOR LABLED CD WHICH IDONT HAVE I WANT TO ASK DID THE DESKTOP CANNOT ACCEPT XP3 CD N CAN I DO NEW FORMAT PLZ HELP ME HOW CAN I FURTHER DO BCOZ WHICHEVER CD I INSERT PC ASK LABELED CD AND NOTACCEPTING ANY CD SO HOW CAN I CONTINUE NEW FORMAT PLZ REPLY

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      babybrownfox 4 years ago

      It usually works on different CD as long as it is genuine. In your case, I'm not very sure what cause your installation to stop. Can you please be specific, what labels says?

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      RayMOND 4 years ago

      Hello sir babybrownfox

      Do you have videos on youtube there of how to fix??

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      babybrownfox 4 years ago

      Yes, please click the link below the title.

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      Ali Hamud 3 years ago

      Mr. Babybrownfox!

      Dear Genius unpaid helper

      Your Support Successfully helped my job, Many thanks for your kind assistance in regard the abovementioned subject.

      I was in hopeless and could’ve lost my very much important Data thru my computer that couldn’t Continue To Load Windows Xp. But now I have your genius highly rated instructions and my data is saved and nothing missed at all.

      In addition,

      • After recovery is complete, repeat CHKDSKC: /P command for the last time then type EXIT command afterwards to exit recovery console.”

      CHKDSK: /P ********** ONLY WORKED TO MY FAVOR instead of CHKDSK(c): /P

      TKS

      BROTHER

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      babybrownfox 3 years ago

      I'm glad that this article had helped you. I hope you'll be able to share this article to your friends. Have a great day.

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      Thanks a lot. It really worked.

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