If your computer will not
boot-up at all, hopefully you have made a good emergency boot disk. You
can always make a windows startup disk by creating one from another
computer running Windows 98 or Me. Perform the following if your
computer won't Boot-Up At All.
FIRST......Put your boot
floppy disk in the floppy drive and turn on the PC. On some computers,
you may have to access the bios and select the Boot priority to your A:
Save any changes and
select "Start Computer without CDROM support" and press Enter. Once you
are at the A prompt, type dir c: and press enter.
If your programs and
other files are present, try restoring your system Registry by following
the steps below. This may repair Windows, the config.sys and
autoexec.bat files to where the PC may boot up normally. When the files
are present, its a good indication of a good hard drive.
the problem of your computer not booting up, type in "fdisk /mbr" and
press Enter to restore your master boot record. Type "Scandisk C:" to
check the hard drive for errors that have occurred. You can also type
"Sys C:" to hopefully restore files needed to boot up your computer.
THIRD......If the above
procedures fail to repair your computer, you can repeat the first part
of step one above and select "Start Computer With CDROM Support"
Making A Windows XP
Windows XP users should
create a boot disk now by placing a formatted blank diskette in the A:
drive, open Windows Explorer to the C:,select Tools, Folder Options
,show Hidden files and and folders, then View Tab.
Now you uncheck "Hide
Protected Operating System Files (recommended). You will see a warning
and click Yes and click OK. Copy the files ntldr, ntdetect.com and
boot.ini onto the disk. Remove the disk and label it the Windows XP
After making your
boot disk, recheck "Hide protected operating system files and folders
(recommended)" in the Folder Options dialog box.
To use the disk when
Windows XP won't boot, place the disk in the drive and then re-boot,
the computer, Windows simply bypass the basic boot files on the hard
drive and continue to boot up.
If The PC Won't Boot
Operating System is Windows Millennium, turn on the computer and
immediately press and hold down the CTRL key. Once the startup options
appear, release the CTRL key. Select Safe Mode and press Enter. You are
now in Windows limited version. If you know what caused your computer
not to boot, you can now either change or delete that program.
Registry by selecting Start, Run and typing "scanregw /fix" and press
enter. This will fix any damage done to the Registry. You can also
restore your registry which replaces your current registry with an
earlier copy that was backed up by your computer. Click on Start, Run
and type "scanregw /restore and press Enter.
To repair your Windows
98 Registry, hold down the CTRL key as you start the PC and select
"Command Prompt Only". Type "scanreg /fix" and press Enter and "scanreg/restore"
to restore a previously saved copy of the Registry.
If you have Windows XP,
press F8 after rebooting the PC should Windows freeze while booting up.
You can select "Last Known Good Configuration" after rebooting to allow
the computer to boot the last backed up files and you can choose "Safe
Mode" to remove any files you know caused the operating system to hang
Be prepared when your
operating system fail. It would be a great idea to go over this article
a few times and print it. Make yourself s notebook and place this and
all related articles there.
If your computer fails
to boot or begins to become unstable, you can refer to these articles to
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Be sure to note any
changes you make to your Registry and if you're not sure, its best to
find a friend that's pc savvy first. Above all, be certain you back up
your registry before making any changes and know how to restore as well.