How to Fix the Common Startup Errors On Windows XP

Here we have a complete guide for you to conquer all the common Windows XP Boot and Startup Issues. Follow the steps and fix all the problems.

  1. Get to the startup options menu

In order to resolve the problems related to startup, you need to repair the damaged files in the system. For that, you will require getting a bootable Windows XP CD. However, if you have Windows XP Recovery console added to your startup options, then you don’t need a CD. All you need to do is press the F8 key until you reach the Windows XP startup options menu.

  1. Run the Recovery Console

The next step is to run the Recovery Console. In case your Windows XP Recovery console has a startup, then, you need to press R to run it.

But when the Recovery Console is not in the options, then, you need to enter the Windows XP CD. Start your computer with the inserted CD and press R when the screen shows “Welcome to Setup dialog”.

  1. Log in

Now, you need to log into the Recovery console as Administrator. Here you need to type the number of installation you are going to log into. Even if you see that there is only one option of Windows installation, type ‘1’ to log into it.

You will have to enter the Administrator password, which is for the Administrator account. Then, press the ‘Enter’ key. As you log in, you will see all of the Recovery Console options.

  1. Fixing the NTDETECT Failed Error

If you see the ‘NTDETECT Failed’ error message at the startup, you need to follow these steps to fix it.

  • Follow the step 2 and step 3 to reach the Recovery Console.
  • Copy the NTDETECT.COM file from the CD into the system with the command:

copy d:\i386\ c:\ (Don’t forget to replace d: with the letter name of your CD-ROM).

  • Press Y in case you are asked to overwrite the existing file.
  • Finally, you can restart the system.
  1. Resolving NTLDR Is Missing Error

You can easily resolve this problem by typing ‘fixboot’ at the Recovery Console. If the system asks about recopying the boot sector, press Y to start the process.

  1. Repairing Boot.ini and Hal.dll Error

Follow the steps mentioned below to fix the ‘Boot.ini’ or Hal.dll issues:

  • Restart your computer.
  • Run the Recovery Console just like the step 2 and step 3.
  • To display the Windows Installations, type bootcfg/list and press ‘Enter’.
  • Now, you need to type bootcfg/rebuild in order to build the list again.
  • If the system prompts you to add a Windows Installation, enter Y.
  • This is the time when you need to enter a Load Identifier.
  • Also, the other load options required by the company policy.

Finally, you can also use the “Last known Good Configuration” for a successful startup.

If you have more questions regarding Basic Microsoft Windows XP troubleshooting, call us on our toll-free number.


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