Windows Won’t Boot?
After switching on your computer or after restarting Windows XP you receive either of the error messages below and cannot get into Windows.
These errors are usually shown on a black screen with white writing and you cannot get anywhere further.
You have no choice but to shutdown or restart the computer.
You get one of the following error messages when attempting to boot into Windows XP:
- Invalid Boot.ini
- Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows/System32/Hal.dll
The above error message is usually caused by the boot.ini file missing the correct entries in it following an upgrade but can also be caused by a hardware problem or a missing or corrupt Ntoskrnl.exe file.
Solution – Correct the Boot.ini file entries
- Insert your Windows XP CD and start your computer and press any key when you see the message – “Press any key to boot from CD” message.
- At the welcome screen press ‘R’ to enter the Recovery Console
- At the recovery console, select your Windows XP installation and enter your Administrator password if requested
- At the prompt issue the following command and press ENTER:
- When the bootcfg tool finds your Windows XP installation you will be asked the following:
- Type Yes and press ENTER
- You will now be asked to Enter Load Identifier (message may differ)
- Enter the version of Windows XP that you own
- You will now be asked to Enter OS Load options
- Issue the following and press ENTER:
- Remove your Windows XP CD, issue the following command and press ENTER:
Add installation to boot list?
Note:The above text may look different for you depending on your installation type.
Example: Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition