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Hi all.
I have just spent a weekend reinstalling XP on the home PC, loaded SP2 from CD and all was great. The reason was that it was infested with everytype of virus and adware etc that it was just easier to clean it all off and start i thought !!!

Anyway, after getting everything up and running, I jumped online and allowed Auto update to download and install. On the required reboot, its all turned to custard !!!

The PC now just cycles from power on, up to the XP splash screen and then powers down, over and over.

I have thorwn an old Hard drive 40G into it and all is good.

The 200G drive is only 6mths old and was working fine but apears to be cactus now.

So, the $100,000 Question....:4-dontkno

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated..


· TSF Team Emeritus , Microsoft Visitng Expert
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Hello Dave

Configure your PC to boot from CD if it isn't already set up that way. (You may need to enter the BIOS to configure the PC to boot from the CD.)

Start your PC with the XP Setup CD in the drive. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD..." prompt, do so and let the CD-based boot process begin.

When the Recovery Console option is offered ("Press R to start the Recovery Console"), do so. You may be asked which Windows installation to enter, in which case type the number of the Windows installation you wish to work on (usually "1").

When prompted, enter the Administrator's password for that Windows installation. If you did not set a password just press ENTER

At the command prompt, type
Bootcfg /Rebuild

The exact wording will depend on your setup, but after a few moments you'll see a prompt that says something like:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add Installation To Boot List?

Assuming the information you see is correct, enter
Bootcfg will start the process of rebuilding the boot list to include the indicated Windows installation

After a moment, you'll be asked to "Enter Load Identifier."
This is the name of the operating system that will appear in boot menus.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Next you'll be asked to "Enter OS Load Options."
For normal installations, enter

to leave the Recovery Console and reboot the PC

· Registered
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Hi Dave,

Have you tried putting the 200g drive in as a slave drive? Since you just installed XP on it, probably not too many other applications on it. Reformat it if it will let you and use it for data for a while as you regain confidence in it.

You could download and run the manufacturer's hd repair utilities on it.
Here are links to some of them:

Western Digital

Hope this helps,
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