Computer won't load xp

Question

My computer right now will not completely load windows. No matter what i do it will restart right after i get the first windows loading screen. I have tried to run it in safemode but it does the same thing, restarts over and over. Windows 2000 was on it and i thought it was just the hard drive so i took it out and put it in a different computer and wiped it out and reput windows xp on it. I just put it back in there and i am having the same problems. If you could suggest anything that would be great.

Thanks

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This question was answered on November 26, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Begin the repair processYou must boot from your XP CD Before the Windows logo appears, you will be asked to press any key to boot from CD, so do just that You will be prompted to "press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers" Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

Once completed, you will be confronted with "Windows Setup" You will be asked to setup up Windows, or repair Windows with the recovery console Choose the FIRST option, NOT recovery console.

Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installation You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted That should be it Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings Just follow the prompts, have your CD-KEY handy and hope for the best!

CDROM NOT BOOTABLE: If the XP CD does not boot...Many computers out there are not configured to boot from the CDROM If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your computer being incorrect for CDROM booting

You have two options:

1.) You can change this in the BIOS, which is usually the very first screen displayed by your computer when you turn it on IBM typically uses F1 or F2 When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 26, 2004