Computer Support Forum

Clean install of WXP Home but I now get the endless LOOP OF DEATH

Question: Clean install of WXP Home but I now get the endless LOOP OF DEATH

I've just installed WXP home,
in a partitioned Drive , and everything was working fine. After installing Nav and NFW, and upstarting both,
then I checked my mail, I did some browsing, and after logging off, I continue to do some more work offline,
installing my programs,
and utility's and setting the system the way I like it. Since I was online without the full NAV protection for a short time,
I opened explorer and did a NAV scan of the newly installed partition and sys,
while NAV was doing it's thing, I left the Rig unattended for about 10 min or so,
when I returned to the desk NAV scanner had disappeared,
and only the open explorer windows was showing,
I tried to scan the drive again,in explorer by right ckick on the drive letter, (thinking that maybe my sneaky cat had jumped on the keyboard or something)
and in a instant I got this flag:.......
System Shutdown the shutdown was initiated by the NT authority\system Windows must now restart. Remote procedure Call RPC, service terminated unexpectedly,
then the countdown of 30 sec start ,
(this isn't the exact wording )
and the computer reboot back to the desktop but as soon as I open explorer the same flag and then the reboot. In a endless loop,
and the NAV and NFW icon of the system tray disappear just before the shutdown flag,
and there is nothing that I can do in 30 sec. What should I do to fix this. Is this a virus or a sys prob,

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Clean install of WXP Home but I now get the endless LOOP OF DEATH

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Clean install of WXP Home but I now get the endless LOOP OF DEATH


If you want to remain within Windows to do a virus scan, go to Control Panel > Admin Tools > Services. Click the Remote Procedure Call Service and under the Recovery tab, set it to restart the service when it fails.

You can also abort the shutdown by going to Start > Run and typing:
shutdown -a

Then, scan for the Blaster worm.

The removal tool is here:

3 more replies
Relevance 92.66%

I'm trying to get XP home installed on my new system:

a8v deluxe, 2 sticks approved memory for 1 gig installed in the blue slots, one SATA drive plugged into the Via SATA1 plug, Promise controller disabled, onboard lan boot rom enabled, etc. BIOS: 1014. System will be a DAW.

Booting with the XP CD and hitting F6 and S for the Via drivers, XP setup sees the HDD and installs (apparently), gets to the end of the process and reboots the system BUT then starts all over again, asking for drivers and loading as if it didn't do it the first time. If I remove the CD after the first attempt and let it try to boot without a boot disk or installation CD, I get:

NO Hard Disk Drive Detected!
Press F1 to Resume

Pressing F1 gets me to the Yukon PXE and it asks me to reboot and select a proper boot device. If I do this with the XP CD, I start all over with the XP install (see above, repeat).

My goal is to use two SATA drives as separate drives (no RAID). If I plug my second drive (larger drive) into the MOBO's Via SATA2 plug, the boot screen see's that drive, not the first, and with the XP install/F6/S sequence, it sees both disks. When I set the install for the C:\ drive, it seems to load files on the second D:\ drive (as if it is RAID?). Regardless, it gets to the end of the install sequence and reboots only to start the install all over again.

Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:xp home install endless loop on a8v deluxe w/ SATA

If its a Western Digital drive with jumpers, remove the jumpers.

6 more replies
Relevance 80.36%

OK, I'm an idiot...let's just start with that. Yesterday I was moving an HDMI cable and for whatever reason must have hit the Ethernet cable as well causing (?) a short that resulted in what apparently is a fried on-board NIC. (No connections available, and then when trying to create/find one, message "Missing or improperly installed driver") Tried all the obvious things -- like downloading a fresh copy of the driver from the mobo (Biostar A780L3B)--but still no network adapter. I decided then to log on here and rather than go to the other room where my laptop is, I (very stupidly) just plugged the Ethernet cable into my client's computer...and immediately created the exact same problem on hers. No connections available/bad driver/blah blah blah. (Anyone with ideas for this problem please feel free to chime in, but it's not even the problem I"m asking about!)Running Windows 8.1 (without a password recovery disk of course) and decided to troubleshoot and use the clean boot via msconfig. When I rebooted, however, it took me first (as it does) to the login screen, but instead of the pin method I usually use it wanted the Microsoft account password that I recently changed and do not remember. In this clean boot loop, the option to switch back to pin is not available. There is an excel file on the root drive with (i hope) my latest ms password but without networking, i can't get to it via homegroup as i normally would. I assumed for the first 24 hours that... Read more

More replies
Relevance 80.36%


I just build a new machine with a Gigabyte B85M-D3H mobo, Intel Pentium G3258 CPU, 4GB Corsair Value Select DDR3 1333 and 120GB Samsung EVO SSD. I now want to clean install Windows 10 Home (64-bit) from USB drive (created with media creation tool), but the machine is stuck in boot loop. The Windows logo appears for a few seconds and then the machine reboots, I don't have clue where in the boot process something goes wrong.
I already tried with a usb stick with Windows 8 installation files and this starts without issues. I made sure Fast boot en secure boot were disabled but without success. Also already reset the BIOS with optimized settings.
Someone any idea what might be the cause and how to solve this?

The stick boots till the first screen on different other machines.



Answer:unable to clean install windows 10 from usb on home build - boot loop

Hi and welcome to the forum

Just to confirm. This is a new device without any previous Windows edition installed previously yeah?

If so, then please check that:

Your bios is configured correctly.When configuring you bios, double-check it is set properly as either EFI or Legacy. It appears from your post that this may already have been doneAssuming you want EFI system, you need to ensure that the USB installation is booting as an EFI disk. Not sure if this would cause the loop you are trapped within. But it is worth confirming.

4 more replies
Relevance 77.9%

BSOD crash after computer hung attempted restart after registry restore.Manually shut it down. Error msg: *** STOP: 0x0000007B (0XF8A0C528, 0xc0000034,0x00000000, 0x00000000). Kept looping through startup in loop loading bar going across then flashes of the following: windows screen, flash of blue screen, no input signal, Sony screen, XP system options. Hit f8 to windows advanced Options Menu. Tried last known good config twice but same loop and all safe modes but no go. Followed directive in your post and did following: Black Screen Hang (before splash screen shows)
- Disk Diagnostic
- CHKDSK /F /R (try to boot)
- fixmbr (try to boot)
- fixboot (try to boot)
- Safe Mode (try to boot) Any suggestions please aside from reformatting? Thanks!

Answer:XP Home BSOD Crash and Endless Loop

System manufacturer and model?How...and why...did you "attempt to restore the registry"?Is This your post at another forum?Louis

2 more replies
Relevance 77.08%

My windows Vista is in an endless loop. I downloaded the latest updates today. One of the updates failed, so I asked for it again. At the same time it shutdown my Bullguard program.Tha computer reset itself in my absence and on restart started with 'configuring update 3 of 3 (99%)' then there is a very brief password slot appearance, too quick to use followed by 'shutting down'.Whereupon it starts up again, going through the same routine again and again. Is there any way I could get to 'system restore' so that I could pick an earlier restore point or am I forced to use the restore disk?valbv

Answer:Windows Vista Home Premium in an endless loop

you need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.Windows Installation DiskNOTEWith the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS2/ Start the PC3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'5/ Press Any key to start the booting process6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button... Read more

5 more replies
Relevance 76.67%

Hi all,

I just bought an Asus Eee Box 1501 with Windows 7. When I power it up, it takes me to the first install screen, then gives me an error message saying that the computer wasn't properly shut down, and to press ok to restart it and proceed with the installation. So, I press ok, it reboots, and gives me the same error message, and it won't get out of this loop. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Answer:Endless loop trying to install

Sounds like something in the installation failed, though I could be wrong.

Try this: Repair Install

3 more replies
Relevance 76.67%

My desktop contains two Western Digital SATA physical drives. I am speaking here only of the first, Drive C:, containing only the OS.

For reasons which don't matter here, I wanted to replace my XP Pro SP2 OS with Windows 2000 Sp4, using the slipstreamed Win2K disk in my library. I forgot that this install knows nothing of NTSF formatting. When install told me it would have to format to Fat 32, I permitted the reformat, which of course failed. Now there is no OS at all. Well, I thought, I'll reinstall XP Pro and let it replace the NTSF formatting. Then I'll use a utility like Partition Magic to convert the format to FAT32 and install Win2K.

The XP install does in fact reformat the drive, and proceeds to deploy the XP files. But at the first install reboot, it returns to the Welcome screen and starts over. It wants to reformat again, deploy the OS files again, and start over again. And again.

UBCD4Win finds drive C and reports it healthy, so I'm assuming the physical drive has not failed. I need to clean it such that XP will not trip over the data which causes the endless loop in the reinstall process. I wonder if there is something on the UBCD4Win disk that will do the trick, or if someone here can suggest a remedy other than a resource from UBCD4Win.

Best regards,

Answer:OS install; endless loop

Not sure why you think W2K doesn't know about NTFS, it most certainly does.

Sounds like you did not set the boot order back to hd then cd after the first install reboot. If you don't install just keeps starting again.

1 more replies
Relevance 75.85%

Hi everyone. I am cornered on this problem. I need help. I had this xp pro sp2 on my computer and whenever I had problems with viruses or bad software installation, I just back-up files and fresh install because I don't have enought technical know how to tweak. But this time is different. I use the same xp cd to fresh install, format ntfs single partition 40g hdd. It goes through up to the set-up copy files readying for xp installation and request to booth and it did, only to start to installation all over again and again. A tip from a site, I tried to booth win98 to fdisk and format but it won't find/detect the hdd. But bios is detecting it. All advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Fresh xp install endless loop

Two common reasons this may be happening:One: The hard drive has errors/bad sectors or is failing...To test this DLoad and run the diagnostics from the HDD manuf. website...they are FREE.Two: The RAM you have may be having the same symptoms. Remove each stick you have and clean the contacts with rubbing alcohol or Jack Daniels and re-insert them.Then DLoad and run MemTest...let it run for a few hours. Any errors at all and you have a bad stick of RAM.

1 more replies
Relevance 75.44%

Thank you in advance. I am trying to fix a computer it is stuck in an endless repair loop. I have tried using the backup registry also the MBR fix. Nothing has worked. Also ataport.sys was said to be corrupt. can not boot in safe mode or anything. Done allot of googling not finding solid answers. Can't run tdsskiller from command line or I would try that. Don't want to reformat and reinstall Windows.
Thanks again,

Answer:Vista home premium oem endless repair loop atapi.sys corrupt

Also in the diagnostic and repair details it says signature 5 and signature six corrupt

67 more replies
Relevance 75.03%


I am upgrading a Win 98 machine to Win 2k for a friend, and it is stuck in an endless loop of installing.

It goes through the process and then restarts!

What can I do? I've upgraded lots of machines and never had this problem.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Today is Friday, and he wants to pick up the machine on Sunday


Answer:Endless loop in Windows 2000 install

did u do an upgrade? is it a legit disk? if u answered yes to both of the following, do a reformat then install, if u answered no to upgrade, then im guessing its the disk, if its not a legit disk, get a legit disk.

9 more replies
Relevance 75.03%

I am installing windows 2000 server onto a server that consists of a Highpoint rocketraid 454 with 3 hitachi deskstar 120GB hard drives. The problem is that the install process will work fine until it switches to the 2nd phase of the setup process (this is the part where the GUI begins, and you enter the cd-key and misc info). once it begins to install the basic apps included windows, it will restart.

I've duplicated this issue on a different motherboard, different memory, different video card, etc. Basically I've narrowed it down to the RAID controller. Has anyone experienced this problem? If so, is there a fix, or is it a hardware problem?

Answer:Win2k, HPT RAID 5, endless loop on OS install

Are you just using the driver that comes with windows or are you pressing F6 during the install to load additional drivers?

5 more replies
Relevance 75.03%

I am running a Dell Computer with Windows XP. Recently I added "System Mechanic 7" to clean up computer, which it did. On bootup everything worked ok except Windows Install started up and requested I put in WordPerfect 12 in CD. I do not have a copy of CD as it was not given to me when I bought computer. If I hit cancel, I get and error and it restarts again. If I CTRL-ALT-Del and end task, it closes application but about 10 sec later it starts again. How do I disabble this from happening. My wordperfect still works ok, and the rest of the computer is ok. I just can't get rid of this nuisance icon.

More replies
Relevance 72.57%

Hey all,

Sadly, I was installing Microsoft Visual Studio when a power failure in part of the city has left me with an endless boot loop. Details are as follows:

During the installation, the computer was restarted to "complete the installation," at which point I was met with a preliminary "stage x of 3, do not turn computer off" shortly after reboot, which completed and once back in Windows (Vista) the the installation continued as usual... Then all of the sudden the whole city block suffered a power failure. When I powered back on several hours later, I was met with "stage 3 of 3" which sits at 0% then suddenly reboots, repeating this process.

I've tried disabling the restart on failure option, safe mode, hardware checking, and "startup repair" offered by the HP recovery option offered at startup. I need to remove whatever setting/file was changed so that my computer stops trying to continue with the Visual Studio installation at startup. I've lost a whole working day trying to deal with this, and any help would be much appreciated.


Answer:Power Failure During Visual Studio Install - Endless Boot Loop

Are you able to boot into Safe Mode? If you are, go into safe mode and uninstall Visual Studio completely. If that works, restart the computer and see if begins working again. I think that when the blackout happened, some important files were being written to the disk and were never completely written.

If that doesn't work, or you cannot boot into Safe Mode, try booting the computer with a Windows Vista install CD and run startup repair from that.

1 more replies
Relevance 72.16%

The person who posted fix instructions has been banned. Since his instructions didn't work, I'm guessing I should do a new original topic. Here it is:
Endless restart notification began several weeks ago. 
Last installed updates on 3/22/16: KB3102429, KB3035583, KB2952664, which remain.
That day, I individually uninstalled all updates from beginning of 2016; endless update checks ensued.
About 9months ago installed Windows10, then shortly afterward resorted to Windows7. Windows10 always downloaded along with subsequent updates but I was able to prevent its installation.
Original hard drive was damaged and replaced following drop to floor. Tech/advisor no longer available to me.
From current Speccy;
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Intel Pentium T4400 @ 2.20GHz 53 °C
Penryn 45nm Technology
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-18)
Dell Inc. 0K138P (Microprocessor) 58 °C
Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])
Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Dell)
Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Dell)
119GB ATA Crucial_CT128MX1 SCSI Disk Device (SSD) 45 °C
Optical Drives
MATbleepA DVD+-RW UJ890 SCSI CdRom Device
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

Answer:Endless Update Search and Endless Restart loop

First let's try to find what is going on...
Download MiniToolBox and save the file to the Desktop.
Close the browser and run the tool, check the following options:
Report IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
List last 10 Event Viewer Errors
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size
List Restore Points
Click on Go.
Post the resulting log in your next reply.

more replies
Relevance 69.29%

Win 10 installs and opens the first time. Once it gets reset (it automatically starts downloading updates and requires a reset), it boots back to a black screen where nothing happens. I tried repair, etc. from the Win10 installation DVD, but it gives me an error. I have deleted all content on the HD and done a clean install at least 10 times. I have tried DDU (driver display uninstaller), and that was able to boot once, but required another reboot, during which it said "Unable to install updates, removing updates" (windows updates, not DDU updates) or something like that. Then it booted to a black screen again.

This is a brand new build with SSD, HDD, ODD, and GTX 970. I have downloaded the latest 970 driver from Nvidia web site, tried installing from Nvidia CD, tried DDU then GEforce Experience, etc. All ultimately end in black screen on reboot.

I can boot into safe mode if I go into msconfig on first initial boot at the completion of installation. If I don't do safe mode, I get black screen on next normal mode reboot no matter what I do.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:New install on clean hardware, 64bit, endless black screen on reboot

It's probably the graphics driver. Boot into safe mode and see what it is in Device Manager (search for it). If it is Microsoft, it means that Windows Update decided the nVidia driver is old or incompatible with Windows 10 and replaced with a Microsoft driver instead. Try to run the setup or manually install the nVidia driver. While in Control Panel, expand the display adapters list by clicking on the +. Then choose your graphics card, right click and select Properties. Now click on the Driver tab. Driver provider should be nVidia not Microsoft. To manually install the nVidia drivers, click the Update driver button. Always select last option until you see a "Have disk" button. Press that button and browse to the folder where the driver files are extracted (usually in This Computer, C:, nVidia folder). Then you should be presented with the model that is most compatible to your hardware. Click on it and proceed with the installation. Reboot and you should be OK.

Another cause of your problem is probably that the chosen display settings (resolution and color depth) are incompatibile with your monitor, hence you see a black screen instead of the desktop. This happens rarely and it is because Windows didn't identify the monitor correctly, so it tries to set an unsupported resolution. To see if this is your case, reboot some times until you see the troubleshoot screen. Choose advance boot options and then the one that says "Low Resolution" or similar. This will... Read more

3 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

ok this is the second time i've installed win7 ultimate to my pc, its the x64 version

ok the reason i had to reinstall it was due to after removing linux i corrupted my mbr and didn't have anything important so i just reformated my drive and reinstalled windows
my issue is after the installation, it reboots at windows is setting up for first use, or freezes on windows is starting and reboots, i've checked around and read i may have to rename pcmcia.sys to pcmcia.bak

however when i try that either a: the file can not be located or B: syntax error

now the file is there in the drivers directory.

i do wish to get windows up and running asap. (thank you all for those who help)

Answer:clean install (boot loop)

Hello zack d, welcome to Seven Forums!

As you have been fooling around with Linux you'll need to clean-up the mess; have a look at the info below; be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

9 more replies
Relevance 64.37%


I'm installing Windows 10 onto new new SSD, the setup will say its needs to restart, then it restarts and doesn't continue the install and then restarts the whole install? Any idea?


Answer:Clean Windows 10 Install Loop

It's installed now. Please feel free to delete this post

3 more replies
Relevance 63.14%

Preface- this is a laptop of a computer illiterate friend. Knowing win10 had a built in tool to do a clean install, I offered to run it for her. Alas, I am apparently not as literate as I'd like to think.

The computer in question is an Acer Cloudbook AO1-431-C8G8. It came with Windows 10 installed on it. 2GB DDR3 L memory, and eMMC 32GB hard drive space. (I am prepared to use it as a frisbee at this point.)

She had been locked out(someone else had put a password on it and did God knows what else to this thing), so I shift+restarted and opted to do a fresh install, delete all extraneous data, etc etc(as per her request- she didn't want to deal with whatever might have happened to it). The computer began jumping through the process, the display reads "Installing Windows, Your PC will restart several times. Sit back and relax." then it reads a percentage and below that is the configuration percentage.

It has gotten to 64-66%, hangs out there for awhile, then jumps to 86%, then 89%, then abruptly restarts, and goes right back to somewhere between 64 and 66%, and the cycle repeated. I'm not sure how to break the loop. Attempting to restart by holding down the power button turns off the display(it seems to actually turn off), then upon turning back on, continues this cycle.

I can get to the CMD prompt, but as I'm booting using the operating system on the computer itself, I'm not sure where to go from here. All the guides I have found seem to involve being able to get ... Read more

Answer:Clean install of Win10, stuck in boot loop

Hi, it can be tricky sorting out someone else's PC.

Knowing win10 had a built in tool to do a clean install

- I guess you mean a refresh or a reset. That's not the same thing as a clean install, which from the simplest point of view means taking a Win 10 bootable medium (DVD, flash drive), booting the PC from that, wiping system disk or partition, and installing Windows fresh from the external disk.

Now, I suggest you have two basic possible ways to proceed.

1. As this laptop came with Win 10, I assume it has a manufacturer's recovery partition on it. You can check with Acer's site as to how to use that. If you do, the laptop will be set up exactly as bought.

2. Download Win 10 and create a bootable USB drive or DVD.
Boot the PC from it, make sure you delete any existing Win 10 partitions, and install Windows anew.

Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
Clean Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

Now, before all that, you might like to check the disk on the laptop - if it's faulty in any way, the above would be a waste of time. To do that you can download Kyhi's boot DVD/flash drive from the top of the Software and Apps section, and download and run Crystal Diskinfo (free) to check the disk. It gives a simple good/caution/bad indication.

Turning to data issues:
- at this point it would still be possible to retrieve data from the disk if necessary. If not, carry on.
- hopefull... Read more

3 more replies
Relevance 63.14%

Hello,I recently reinstalled windows 8 using the one key recovery on my U410. I decided to use this option because windows was running very bad after a roll back from windows 10 ( which also did run bad, as many U410 user experienced) . After a few weeks the U410 is now in the infamous boot loop ( Lenovo logo, automatic repair fails, and over again) . What I have tried since then: - another one key recovery > setup does not start > boot loop- I managed to boot from USB with recovery setup for windows 8 ( downloaded from microsoft site)- None of the repair functions in the USB boot setup ( sorry if I mixing up terms) does work- I can reach cmd from the setup and I did the following commands ( got this from another forum)bootrec /fixMBRbootrec /Fixbootbootrec /rebuildBCDand alsochkdsk /r c:chkdsk /r d:chkdsk /r e:chkdsk /r f: - The setup procedure from the  USB is very very slow, takes almost half an hour to reach the overview to select the proper partition for a fresh windows install.And that is were I am stuck.I do not know which partition I have to use for the installation. I do not know what partition I can format.See also attached pictureThe followoing partitions are listed: drive 0partition 1   18,4 GB   (0,0 free)   primary partition 2 4,0 GB (o free)     primarydrive 1partition 1: WINRE_DRV     1000 MB ( 529 free)   Recovery partition 2: SYSTEM_DRV   ... Read more

More replies
Relevance 62.73%

Hello guys, first post here. I'm desperate for a solution:

Basically, whilst using Windows XP pro on my fairly recently bought laptop (evesham quest A420), I got a blue screen of death, followed by any attempt at re-installation hanging at "setup is starting windows" at the blue-screen (first) part of the setup.

I have tried multiple different versions of the XP install disc, legit and not-so-legit, and as of yet have made no headway.

I have so far also formatted the HDD in caldera dos (loaded from CD) using FDISK but that hasn't helped either.

As far as I see it it's most likely to be MBR problems, a hardware issue (strange considering how new it is) or something I haven't yet considered.

Thanks for the help in advance!!!

Answer:help! blue screen of death followed by clean xp install hanging

you need to post the bsod error message in full when you receive them
run the h/drive manufacturers diognostic utility on the h/drive

1 more replies
Relevance 62.32%

Hi everyone,

Win 7 user here, wanting to dual boot with Windows 10 preview (on a different partition).

So I made a Win 10 usb boot disc, and it installed it fine. Played around with the new Windows for a few mins, whilst it downloaded an update, and after installing the update, it said it needs to restart, naturally. So I did.

However, since then, the PC keeps restarting, showing a Windows 10 logo, and below that is the text, "preparing automatic repair". Then it just resets, and goes in this endless loop.

Why is this happening, and how do I resolve it?

Many thanks.

Answer:Windows 10 clean install caused Repair Loop Error

Well, I thought I'd try again from scratch. I did a format of the partition. Win 10 worked fine for a while. But after rebooting, the same problem occurs. The PC just keeps restarting, with the same message, "preparing automatic repair".

Does anyone have some idea as to what could be causing the issue? Pretty stumped right now.

27 more replies
Relevance 62.32%

So i have made a huge and horrible mistake. im not sure what exactly caused this but today i booted up windows it would take a super long time on the windows flashing colors screen and then just freeze. so i was like whatever ill just reinstall windows it doesnt matter ive been wanting to anyways. so i install it and it still happens on the boot screen. i say wtf, and thought maybe something on hdd was causing it so i format my hard drive, try to install windows again, bad decision there. I cant use startup repair because it says noosinstalled even though i have installed it it just wont boot. ive tried bootrec.exe and nothing really happens it says successful but yeah its not. cant get in safe mode, nothing. in the install ive gotten as far as it saying completing installation but then nothing it just does the whole boot like normal and freeze on color screen. i remember vaguely seeing an error message saying it couldnt detect which hard drive to use or something like that from my first installation but that message hasnt come back since. i clicked try again on it and it auto restarted my comp and thats when the problem got serious. Im trying to give as much info as possible as i am just stumped. i havent installed ANYTHING new whatsoever and my computer is well kept. i really dont think the hdd could be a problem because its been working fine no signs of probs whatsoever before this.

Answer:Cant boot windows, wiped hdd, tried to clean install now stuck in loop

I take it you have a Windows 7 DVD, whether OEM or MS blue-disk - no matter. Forget Startup Repair. After you boot that Windows 7 DVD, after choosing US keyboard, etc., what choices are presented to you on the next menu screen?

1 more replies
Relevance 61.91%


I've tried suggestions around this forum but everyone had a different reason to why it came to this error so i'm trying to explain how i got to this error because this is really stressing me out.

I'm having problems with my windows 7 ultimate x64 install on a toshiba satiellite laptop..My laptop was restarted right when I was in the last stages of Completing installation and now I'm stuck in a loop "starting setup services" and then after there is another error saying " The computer restarted unexpectedly........installation cannot proceed...... click OK and the restart the installation".

At this point I press shift + f10 to open command prompt and try diskpart because I had to do the same thing on the laptop I'm on now. It worked on this one (an HP). But on the toshiba I get to "list disk" and well there is ONLY Disk 0. I "select disk 0" and it says it's selected and I type "clean"/"clean all" but I have an error "virtualdisk service error: clean is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot....etc".

-i cant do clean install/format that i need to do or is there another way besides diskpart?

-my windows disk is one i created from an iso. it's not burned into the DVD RW (could this be the problem?) i read somewhere that to install win 7 on a toshiba it must be burned.

-i actually had windows 7 x32 installed but i wanted x64 because the computer came with x64 but i was having ... Read more

Answer:Clean install win 7 x64. Starting setup services loop/DiskPart error.

The problem is you're not booting the installer to do the Clean command. Follow these steps which overcome almost all install failures and will set you up for the perfect install shown in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for da... Read more

2 more replies
Relevance 61.09%

Hi, I'm trying to install xp home onto my computer and am stuck in this install loop. Things I know: >The xp disk is fine, installed from on another computer the day before. >The hard drive I'm trying to install onto, I removed from a working external hard drive. After this loop thing, I tried it as a external again to check and it was OK. Showed the windows folder on it from the partial install.> I am booting from CD drive to install and I tried changing the boot order to the hard drive after the restart but it says disk error and prompts a restart.Blue screen says one partition 131072 MB <131071 MB free>IT says I need to format using the NTFS file system (even thought I've done this thru this screen before ) So I  go thru the format.It will got thru the windows install and restart but then it kicks me back the the first install screen. It will not continue with the second half of the install. BUT The next time it will not need to format and tell them Windows is already on the drive to I want to erase. So I say yes and back to square one we are.  Over and over, at least a dozen trys the same thing happens. Does anyone have any ideas why this is happening and and fixes to try?I'm currently formatting again.I'm stuck in this frustrating loop and don't know how to get out! HELP! :-)

Answer:Stuck in xp home install loop

Legit XP CD ? ?Have you ran any diagnostics on the hard drive ? ?These are FREE DLoads from the drive manuf. site.Any other issues with the CD drive prior to this ? ?Just a few things to check out...also post some more info on the machine as well...

14 more replies
Relevance 61.09%
Question: an endless loop

hello, i am having a problem with either my harddrive or my motherboard. I have XP home, a Compaq with an Athalon XP 2600+, a Radeon 9600LE (256mb), and a cheap motherboard. my problem started when i bought a new case with case fans and lights and the such. the lights and panel display werent turning on. i gave the computer to my uncle wh said he would take a look. he found out that since the screws were spo short (the ones holding the motherboard down) the pulled something away from something else (lol, dont remember what he said exactly). anyway, he put longer screws in and it worked. but, he said the battery for the BIOS came loose. after that when ever i turned on my computer, it would not start up, it just restart each time. i tried the system recover but it would just restart the computer. (I had XP partitioned on another section of my HDD.) So i used my 6 cd recovery thing and did the format recovery hoping to fix it, but i am now left with a HDD with what i believe is no data. Also, when i did the system recovery after the format it just restarted my computer again. that is where i am now, any ideas?

Answer:an endless loop

7 more replies
Relevance 61.09%

I have a desktop that I got a blue screen but didn't get to see all of the issue message. I do know that something was mentioned about ATAPI,,, however, no matter what I do now, when I try to start windows, it goes only so far, then,, bam,,, reboots itself. I've tried safe mode, last known good config, everything,, there must be a simple solution to this,, I cannot be the only person evr having had this problem.., I have a required discs,, can someone please tell me what to do? Thank you for having this site availavle for anyone that may need it. However, my sister seems to have taken care of her issue simply by going to the cmd prompt and giving the system a few things to do ,, therefore it passed through its loop.... system botting fine into windows, all seems to be doing fine,, thanks anyhow

More replies
Relevance 61.09%
Question: Endless loop

So I can't boot my computer anyway I try. If I use last know configuration, start windows normally, any of the safemodes is starts loading then flashes and restarts. I've already tried to use the disable automatic restart on system failure function and when I do I get a blue screen that says " a problem has been detected and windows needs to be shut down o prevent damage to your computer

Check to see if sée software.........(but had the usual here)

If problem continues.....( the usual)

Technical information

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8AC70A68, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000

Additional information: I dont have a installation cd for it

Answer:Endless loop

2 more replies
Relevance 61.09%
Question: Endless Loop

There have been several comments in this forum that a problem has been encountered while installing W7, ie process fails, then starts again in an endless loop.

I am still waiting for my copy of W7, due tomorrow. I am wondering, since, I am not going to change partition size, or delete any partitions, I can boot from the hd and still do a clean install. Do you think that this will reduce the possibilty of my encountering the dreaded endless loop?

Answer:Endless Loop

Quote: Originally Posted by richc46

There have been several comments in this forum that a problem has been encountered while installing W&, ie process fails, then starts again in an endless loop.

I am still waiting for my copy of W7, due tomorrow. I am wondering, since, I am not going to change partition size, or delete any partitions, I can boot from the hd and still do a clean install. Do you think that this will reduce the possibilty of my encountering the dreaded endless loop?

Welcome to Windows 7 Rich.
Refer to the top of the forum for installation tutorials.
As suggested success is achivable by copying the disk contents on to a partition in C:\ drive, making the partition bootable and running the installation.
For further information refer to the Sticky's at the top of the forum.


3 more replies
Relevance 61.09%
Question: Endless loop

I keept getting the blue screen a few times a day with messages such as Critical Process Died, so I decided to a factory reset. Now the PC has entered an endless loop (spinning wheel).  I did multiple hard shutdown and restart, but keep getting the same result. I aslo tried to let it process for over 24 hours and still won't emerge from the endless loop.  Doesn't matter which key I hit, it won't offer me any option to boot from USB or anything else. Anyone has experienced this issue before?    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

More replies
Relevance 60.68%

My system setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported EXTREME Video Card
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) {TWO OF THESE}
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M
I put up the whole entire name of the parts from Newegg just to make sure I did not foget anything like model # incase you guys need it. Anyways on to the problem. Everything goes good all the way up to the Completing Installation part. It will hang there forever. I've tried a few times, sometimes it would just hang there forever until I reboot it and it gives me the usual error you all are used to hearing about about not being installed properly, or it will randomly restart on its own and give the same error. I have searched and searched and searched but I can't seem to find anything that helps. I've tried messing with the BIOS like instructed from some other help sites but I do not have much experience in the BIOS so maybe I'm missing a setting I need to change? If someone that knows about this motherboard can tell me the steps on what I should change and how to get there I would greatly appreciate it and try it out. My computer has no floppy drive just so you guys know. Also I'm not sure what version of BIO... Read more

Answer:Vista Home Premium Install Hangs At Completing. (clean Install)

First of all, Did you install the sata drivers?

In the Bios set every thing to default.

Vista asks for a few questions then does the rest its self. give it tops about 2 hours usually takes like 30 min or less.

You say you got an error message? Please post the entire message

2 more replies
Relevance 60.68%


I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.


Answer:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support -->

Acer Support -->

Regards. . .



1 more replies
Relevance 60.68%

My G570 recently had a few problems. First everytime it boots it gives me he options to launch startup repair or start windows normally. The latter just crashes and takes me back to the initial options and the former just shows a blue screen with a cursor and stays like that for hours.After looking around the internet I tried downloading a win7 iso and it would successful boot but then after I click install it just hangs on Setup Is Starting for hours. I tried taking the Lenovo HDD out and then when it asked to browse for drivers, I would put the harddrive back in but it would then hang again attempting to read it. I tried booting the iso on another laptop and it worked fine, showing me the options of where I would like to install it etc.I have been able to read my files from my HDD and they are all backed up so it's not that its not readable I don't think.Anyone had any similar problems? Would formatting my HDD help at all? Is requesting a recovery disk from lenovo my only option?Thanks.

Answer:G570 Startup Repair Loop and Win7 Clean Install stuck on Setup is Starting

Hi ZakASenior,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
I?m sorry to hear that your G570 Laptop is booting to screen where ?Launch startup repair & Start windows normally? option is displayed and also the OS (Operating System) is not getting installed. Performing the clean install in the HDD should resolve the issue, but performing this will erase the pre-installed OS in the computer. Hence I would Strongly Suggest Calling Technical Support for Assistance. Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
Do post us back for further queries.
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar

Did someone help you today? Press the star on the left to thank them with a Kudo!If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! This will help the rest of the Community with similar issues identify the verified solution and benefit from it.Follow @LenovoForums on Twitter!

1 more replies
Relevance 60.68%

hello, i am of medium skill and have installed a new HD on my Mothers PC so...using a authentic windows xp home disc, the formatting is done like usual, but when the reboot in 15 seconds line runs out and restarts the system, windows installation is not there. it goes back to the partition screens, and does this forever.
i tried changing the sleeve designating MASTER/SLAVE/CS.

the old HD had a sleeve on the CS as well as connecting the SL+MA on the bottom. i thought that was a little weird, but it is an HP Pavillion. so.

Basically , how does one make the loop stop and start the true installation of XP?

Answer:New HD fresh Install of XP HOME gets stuck in loop!!!

Danke for the Help, all.

8 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I would like to install Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my home computer. I currently have Media Center Edition 2005 installed, but want to start from scratch (i.e., NOT upgrade) and install the 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium. I have two questions:

(1) If I buy the retail boxed version of Vista Home Premium, will it contain the 64-bit version in addition to the 32-bit version?

(2) When I pop the DVD into my computer and reboot, what (if anything) do I have to do to get it to install the 64-bit version? Will I be prompted to choose?

Any guidance or experiences would be greatly appreciated!


Answer:Vista Home Premium Clean install - what do I need to install 64 bit version?

Oh great. I can answer this question (I think lol). I could not find a retail 64 bit version of Vista Home Premium. I had to buy the Vista Ultimate. I originally bought an OEM version of the 64 bit Home premium for $119, (I had all kinds of problems that turned out NOT to be from Vista, but that is another story). I exchanged it for the Ultimate retail version which came with Microsoft support. I have recieved better "support' from this website than the official MS support BTW. Anyways........

The Ultimate version of Vista came with 2 installation discs, one the 32 bit version and one the 64 bit version. I popped the 64 bit version disc in and it installed 64 bit Vista on my computer with no additional prompts. While I was unable to find the 64 bit RETAIL version of Home Premium, I'm sure that if you do, it will only contain the 64 bit version on the disc. While I was kind of hacked off to pay much more for the Ultimate than I was anticipating, I like the additional features. Hope this helps.

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless boot loop

Hello, I'm having quite a peculiar problem with a system I'm halfway building, and I was hoping someone could help.

First the problem. Whenever the computer tries to boot a running windows version, it reboots endlessly.

Now the background. I got this computer from a friend who had no use for it. It's using an EVGA 750i (I believe) motherboard. It did not come with a hard drive and he didn't know if it worked or not, so I figured why not. I haven't had much extra money so I've been plugging in old HDDs I've had sitting around to no avail. One didn't boot at all, and one had an endless boot so I figured it was done for. Then, I got it to boot to one finally, but it came up with XP professional and a message saying "This version of windows must be activated to log in." The computer this HDD came out of was from a county business so I have no doubt that it was a legit windows on it, why it doesn't work now it beyond me. Nevertheless I have a legit windows CD to install, so I attempt that, only to find that "this file" is corrupt. Back to square one. After this I found out how to reset the trial period to activate from windows itself rather than a pop up at the log in screen. (which involved booting into safe mode which was successful) So I do this and restart thinking it was going to work. Well it did, but now I get stuck in the boot loop. After the bios loads it gets to what would normally be the loading bar wi... Read more

Answer:Endless boot loop

7 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I read the guide and see that I am supposed to do certain steps before asking for help but my system keeps blue screening and rebooting so I am writing from my laptop. I'm not sure what to do since I can't keep it running long enough. It does seem to stay on in safe mode. Should I follow the preparation guide in safe mode? Here is some info on what happened and what I have done so far. I was watching a downloaded tv show (downloaded from demonoid) when my computer suddenly shut down and rebooted. It keeps doing that over and over. I have searched the virus blogs but can't find anything like my problem. No other signs, no pop ups or fake scans or anything, just the blue screen and rebooting. I have some software that I used. In safe mode, I ran rkill, updated malwarebytes and scanned. Viruses were found and removed. I ran the "Best Buy" MRI, all hardware passed and which removed more viruses. I ran Advanced System Care and Microsoft Security Essentials. I am still having the same problem in regular mode. I ran the ms malicious software removal tool too, also in safe mode. Even if I run rkill in regular mode, I can't finish a scan. Should I do a repair on my os? Or what is my next step?
Thanks for the help,

Answer:endless rebooting loop


Yes, please produce the logs in safe mode and post them.

Orange Blossom

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Windows 8 (not Pro) New ASUS laptop.
Logged into MS account. 8.1 downloads to 51%, starts the install, then quits and goes back to the download.
Over and over.
I've installed all win updates, un-installed MalwareBytes and SpyBot 2014.
Any advice appreciated.

More replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: endless BSOD loop

I am getting the following endless loop when I try to start up my HP Probook laptop. I cannot get into anything or stop it even to try anything.
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is your first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:
***STOP: 0X0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928,0xFFFFFFFFC000000D,0x0000000000000000,0X00000000000000000

I?ve tried to start in Safe Mode to no success. Tried Start Up Repair-no success. The Last Known Configuration option came up with a blank screen and just the mouse arrow.
Any ideas? Thanks.

Answer:endless BSOD loop

have you tried this

21 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Can anyone help!!

Turning my computer on one morning I got a screen saying that XP is sorry for any inconvenience but it was unable to load properly last time. I get the options to boot in safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, safe mode with networking, or normal mode.

On the previous use the machine was shut down normally with no problems.

On selecting any of the options the XP Pro splash screen appears, the green bar moves across a quarter of the way amd then the machine reboots to the POST screen, then the 'inconvenience' screen. Selecting any of the options results in the same loop.

I have tried downloading the six floppy bootup disks from MS. It loads the first disk, checks the system configuration and then comes up with an error saying bios info.inf could not be found, error code 4096, setup will have to exit. I dont know if this is due to the disks or the hardisk.

The other thing I tried was booting straight from the XP cd. In this case it stated Atapi emulation could not be found, press a key to boot from cd. When a key is pressed the 'sorry for inconvenience screen pops up.

Its driving me mad..does anyone have any solutions?

Many thanks

Answer:Endless reboot loop in XP

9 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Hi I'm new here and I hope this is the right place for this question.

My computer just had a really bad error where it couldn't restart because a file was missing, Well I fixed that and I tried to restart but when ever I rebot I get this message "Windows XP setup can not run under safe mode. Setup will now restart." the only problem is once it restarts it's still in safe mode and the same message comes up.

Any help you guys can provide would be great.

Answer:[SOLVED] Endless loop

are you doing a clean install

12 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I hope I'm in the right place! This is my first time in this forum. My son & hubby tried to install a different mouse on son's computer. It didn't work so they un-installed it & re-installed the old one. Now the computer is in an endless loop. It goes to a screen that gives you several options for starting in safe mode etc. No matter what option you choose, it does the same thing...just starts over. If you don't do anything, it just starts over.......over & over again. I'm not real "techie" so any advice should be in simple language!! Thanks in advance


Answer:Endless start-up loop

Do you have windows xp on cd?

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

My computer will boot to starting windows logo and then restart. It will do this endlessly.
What I've tried so far;
Every startup repair - restore system to earlier time - disable auto restart in case of failure for hope of a BsoD (I got no bsod) - RAM check ram is fine. - finally my last resort was to use the CD RegBack command in System restore.
And after all that I still have the problem.
Here is my nbtblog.
Please request any other info you need.

Answer:Endless startup loop

Service Pack 1 9 1 2012 10:33:42.375
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_AuthenticAMD.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ACPI.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\vdrvroot.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\partmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\volmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\volmgrx.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mountmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\amdsata.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\storport.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\D:-ORIVERS\amdxata.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fileinfo.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\msrpc.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ksecdd.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\cng.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\pcw... Read more

15 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I'm running Windows 7 Premium Home on my Toshiba laptop and it does automatic updates. The problem I'm having is that when the comp boots up and the lock screen comes up, it tries to do the updates, then says that the update has failed and its going to revert the changes, then it reboots and the process starts all over again. I can't get past the lock screen to shut off the automatic updates. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Caught in an endless loop

Can you boot to Safe Mode command prompt? If so you can disable the Windows Update service using the sc command.

If you can get there try this command

sc start=disabled wuauserv

Edit: On my Toshiba Laptop restore points do not work. Therefore I disable Windows Update and use a snapshot rollback program to take the place of restore points. You may have a similar issue.

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I have a dell dimention 2400 that had XP home on it. I reloaded with XP Pro a while ago. There was a electric outage and itwet down. When I turn it on it does an endless loop of rebooting. I tried safe mode and last known good config ad still no good. I went to advanced boot and chose no attempt for reboot. After 1 boot try it says unmountable boot volume. I tried to insert the XP Pro cd and boot from it and I get NTdetect failed. Anyone have a clue? Is the hard drive shot? I thought inserting the cd would give me the option th load the OS or repair. Help. Thanks

Answer:Endless loop trying to boot

Are you sure you were booting from the cd and not the HDD? Not being able to boot from the cd won't have anything to do with the condition of the HDD, well it shouldn't anyway. I've seen stranger things. Lets test that theory, dissconnect the HDD and boot from the Windows cd. If it work reconnect and boot from the cd again. You will probably have to do a repair install from the cd which is very easy in xp. A smple google will show you othe steps to do that.

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I'm usually very cautious about what i open on the internet. i guess i had a moment of weakness and opened a file that I'm guessing was infected,because shortly after i did,my computer restarted itself and keeps restarting iteself in an endless loop. it gets to the windows loading screen,loads that up for a few seconds and restarts. im in safe mode with networking right now. none of my anti-virus programs are working right,and my computer is too new for the problem to be caused by RAM or hardware malfunctions in general. my computer is all i have to do,and i havent been able to use it for about a going a little stir crazy. couldnt find any help by reading other peoples problems so i decided to ask it myself and see what shows up. please help.

Answer:PC in an endless reboot loop

Have you tried using Last Know Good Configuration?

When you start to boot into safe mode...arrow up to Last known Good Configuration and hit enter.

If you are still unable to boot into normal mode, then run the following scans in safe mode:

You may need to download them using a different computer and transfer via USB if safe mode with networking wont allow you to download them:
Please download DDS from either of these links


and save it to your desktop.

Disable any script blocking protection
Double click dds.pif to run the tool.
When done, two DDS.txt's will open.
Save both reports to your desktop.
Please include the contents of the following in your next reply:

Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here or here.

Extract the contents of the zipped file to desktop.
Double click GMER.exe. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent .
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run on NO.
Click the image to enlarge it

In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Uncheck the following ...
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish.
Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "Gmer.txt" or it will save as a .log file which ... Read more

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Okay I have an acer laptop that has had this problem for almost a year now. When I turn on my computer it shows the white startup screen with Acer in green, then it goes to the black screen that shows information before it brings you to the windows xp loading screen. The problem is that my computer doesnt even make it to the windows xp loading screen. After the startup logo, it goes to the black screen which displays this:
Intel UNDI, PXE-20 (build 082)
Copyright? 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(x) 181301810x PCI Fast Ethernet Controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Please Check Cable
After that happens, on the same screen, under the information I typed above, it just copies the same exact info over so it looks like this

Intel UNDI, PXE-20 (build 082)
Copyright? 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(x) 181301810x PCI Fast Ethernet Controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Please Check Cable

Intel UNDI, PXE-20 (build 082)
Copyright? 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(x) 181301810x PCI Fast Ethernet Controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Please Check Cable

Then the screen goes blank, and it keeps on doing the same loop over and over and over and over until I turn my computer off
No Idea whats wrong
Does anyone have at least some idea of what is causing this?
Thanks for any and all help

Answer:Endless Loop On Startup

sounds like your computer is trying to boot via the network card, check in the BIOS for the boot order, make sure that the network card is set to try after the hard drive.

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Hi folks,

It's been years since posting to this forum in order to help a friend solve her computer problem and you guys were so impressive, I always remembered it. Well, this time it's my own Alienware Area 51-M (2005) running Windows XP that needs help.

It's stuck in an endless Boot-up loop. At one point there's a lightning-quick flash of a blue screen (too quick to read). I've managed to intercept the process and select "Safe Mode", "Last Known Good Configuration" or "Boot Up from Hard Drive" but it simply winds up in the endless loop once again.

Unfortunately, I have none of the helpful discs that Alienware provides upon purchase of on of their computers as I'm travelling and so wisely decided not to cram them in the rather full suitcase figuring it was only a small chance they would be needed. Guess again.

Please, if anyone has any idea what to do I would be so grateful for suggestions. Keep in mind it won't be easy to respond (there's no other computer available nearby) and might take a few days before I can get back to you. Where does one start?

Thanks so much!


Answer:Endless Boot-up Loop

16 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

The thread title should be descriptive enough, but if not, basically what happens is the computer will load up to the desktop, but then restart again and it continues like that in a constant loop until I turn off the PC.

Anyway, is there anything I can do to fix things? The only thing I can think of is to reformat and reinstall Windows, but I don't have a Windows install disc and I'm not sure exactly how to reformat in the first place. If this is the only option though, I guess I can purchase a new copy of Windows, but I'd prefer not to until I've exhausted ever other option.

Oh, and I'm running Windows XP, by the way. Not sure if it's relevant or not, but I figured I should mention it anyway.

Answer:Restarting in an endless loop

10 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless boot loop

I am having trouble with my PC. It starts to boot but after it reaches a certain stage it just either locks up or starts to boot again.It will boot into safe mode, I have done this a number of times and tried the following to rectify the problem:System restore;Virus scan;Windows Defender scan.The restore was successful and the virus/defender scans came up with nothing, but still it won't boot. I tried safe mode with networking so I could go online and download my graphics drivers to reinstall them but they won't install in safe mode as it says I don't have DX 8.The system is almost five years old and I cannot find the XP restore disk it came with. Any ideas what I can do? Or am I at the stage of biting the bullet and splashing out on a new system.

Answer:Endless boot loop

Oops, I meant to post this in helproom. I will copy it to there. Sorry folks!

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless boot loop.

I am having trouble with my PC. It starts to boot but after it reaches a certain stage it just either locks up or starts to boot again.It will boot into safe mode, I have done this a number of times and tried the following to rectify the problem:System restore;Virus scan;Windows Defender scan.The restore was successful and the virus/defender scans came up with nothing, but still it won't boot. I tried safe mode with networking so I could go online and download my graphics drivers to reinstall them but they won't install in safe mode as it says I don't have DX 8.The system is almost five years old and I cannot find the XP restore disk it came with. Any ideas what I can do? Or am I at the stage of biting the bullet and splashing out on a new system.

Answer:Endless boot loop.

Could this click here describe your problem?You could disable automatic restart click here to see if you can spot the error.

6 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: endless boot loop

I am running XP sp2 and it started an endless boot loop. When I tell if to not to automatically restart on error I get the fatal error C000021a 0X00000402. I have tried booting off the installation CD to run the recovery but after it states it is starting windows it powers off. It loops in safe mode, safe mode with dos prompt, etc. Nothing has changed on these 2 machines in over 6 months. Is there a new virus or worm that could be causing this? It is happening to 2 machines built at the same time, 256K, 66 GB HD (plenty of room). I have reviewed the other forums about the 21a error but they were not any help as I cannot get them to load the windows CD. Help

More replies
Relevance 60.27%

mu hp support assist indicates that i have messages or updates. so, i ck and it is updates that go on a loop of hours and hours but no results.i have also noticed that this support assistant does not seem to realize that i have windows 10. perhaps that is the challenge ???any suggestions about what i should be doing ??

More replies
Relevance 60.27%

Having some trouble with XP starting up. The startup is cought in an endless loop. It gets to the black startupscreen from XP (where you see the blue progress bar) and then restarts my PC again, and again, and again,..... Safe mode doesn't boot either. If I boot from win XP CD I CANNOT choose the repair install, only full install with formatting drives.
I had this problem before, but found no solution on any forum. Had to format everything and re-install XP to solve. This is not an option now because of too much data on PC now.
Can this have anything to do with the volume licence key for XP i'm using?

Please help.

Answer:XP startup endless loop. Plz Help!

I have the same problem but I see a blue screen right before it restarts and I can't read what the error is because it's gone in less than a second.
Any suggestion is appreciated!


4 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: endless loop cycle

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk partition (1) windows system 32

also xpress recovery2 GIGABYTE CD TITLE
Windows XP won't load, keeps recycling, tried to enter safe mode, won't let me. I have minimal experience. What should I do?

Answer:endless loop cycle

Does anyone have any suggestions how to get my XP machine to boot up? It goes through this loop where it prompts for for various starting modes. When one is selected it reboots, but goes back to that selection mode. Don't know if I described it 100% correctly. Anybody?

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless start loop

Have just installed 10 on a spare drive and installed that drive into my Sandy Bridge and the machine is now going through an endless loop of start up.
I can hear it make some sort of noise as if something wants to go and I have again tried the machine with the old 7 install drive and the same thing is happening.

The other thing is I am not getting a RAM beep or the BIOS to come up on the Gigabyte board (DEL) have jumpered the reset pins for the BIOS but still no BIOS or for that matter any graphics.

Any ideas folks as this is my best back up machine.

Answer:Endless start loop

Well have reseated everything redone the BIOS (it came back) and hopefully the panic over

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

When I enter WLM, it doesn't get out of downloading mail. When I try to exit the program, I see that it's rapidly downloading 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 messages (which I do not have on my email server). It appears to be stuck in this loop. I don't know what, if anything, I did to cause this.

I thought about repairing the installation, but there is no listing for WLM in Programs or under Windows Live Essentials.

Help, please. Thanks.

Answer:WLM endless download loop

Problem solved. It was an AVG issue.

5 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

After battleing some spyware and malware, xp spyware 2009, and antimalware 2009, I cleaned up things with malwarebyte and spybot. I thought that things were going good, until the other morning I noticed that the computer was just rebooting itself over and over again. It will make it past the login screen and then display the background picture. then it would shutdown and reboot, and keep doing this. I can hit F8 to bring me to the (safe mode choices?) screen. I have tried several of the different choices, with no luck at all.
I did switch it to 'not shutdown upon error' then I got blue screen.


STOP: 0x0000000A (0x000000B0, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x8052D4Da)

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

I mainly just want to get my business folder and of course my music and photos off of the hard drive.
Any help would be great.
Windows XP Pro

Answer:Endless rebooting loop

You could hook it up as a slve drive on another computer and get what you want from the driveOr you could invest in a IDE/SATA USB CABLE 2.0 and connect drive to the molex and usb 2.0 ide/satathat way youcan get the folder in question............but the blue screen with the ERROR is to me unrepairable....i got a harddrive with the same errori ran the repair from windows cd and it did nothing so i bought a ide/sata usb 2.0 cablegot my info that way ...hope it works for you if you choose to it that way are a few links

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Hi.... Just downloaded the newest update for Windows 10, I was asked to restart my PC to install it, that was over 30 minutes ago, since then my PC reaches the Microsoft logo and under it, it says Preparing Automatic Repair and then it restarts and does that all over again, what am I suppose to do? I can't even get past it.

Answer:PC in endless loop after update.

Same here..we need a fix for that!!

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

my wifes computer is a vaio and it is stuck in an endless loop where it starts up... hits the vaio screen.. waits abotu 5 seconds... restarts up again. anyone have any idea what i am to do here.

Answer:stuck in endless loop

You can either check the BIOS of the laptop and check its Boot device priority by continuously tapping F2 or Delete upon turning the laptop on (depending on the BIOS, I'd try F2 first), or try reinstalling the version of Windows you have installed on that particular laptop.

It seems it is having trouble getting to the Windows load process after the Vaio startup screen and never gets a chance to load Windows and offer some kind of error for this problem.

If this does not help you, wait for someone else to offer assistance. This is all I can advise for you to try with the information you provided.

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

My laptops' HD has bad clusters which CHKDSK cannot repair. Can I clone the disc to a new one. The bad bit will of course be set in the new HD as well. Chkdsk will run at boot but as the disc is new CHKDSK will complete successfully. Right??

More replies
Relevance 60.27%

Dear All - I am new to this exchange and forum.

I am in an endless boot (?) loop (see details below). I thought of going to Geek Squad but the online reviews were not favorable. Could someone please help me or at least direct me to someone who can? I am SO over my head on this. I have been at this for days (took a break to enjoy Christmas). At this point I want to do the following:
1. Get out of the loop and be able to get my PC back. It is not formatted as it still is acting as my main PC where I have my wireless router/modem setup for all my PCs and MACs to access the Internet.
2. Be able to get my PC to be able to read SeaGate storage device.


Here is my saga, and thank you for your patience in reading my tale.

PC stopped recognizing SeaGate Free Agent and subsequent fixes (TestDisk) has put me in an endless loop at startup.

I have an external device (SeaGate Free Agent Desk 1.5 Terrabyte drive) where I backup my data. This device actually contains original data (as I removed it from my PC’s harddrive – so it really isn’t just a backup).

Seagate Free Agent stopped working with my PC (VISTA ). When I connect it to the PC it makes a loud ticking sound. Apparently this seems to be a common issue as many users have already documented this complaint.

In my attempts to resolve my issue I did the following and possibly made it more convoluted and now I am stuck.

1) I downloaded a software TestDisk from this site.
After I installe... Read more

Answer:I am in an endless boot (?) loop

Hi BDW2012,

That sounds like quite a mess!

Before we continue, I just want to double check that you have everything backed up? Do you have your product key noted down just in case? If not, can you note it down? If not, then just make sure this file is in your backup:

C:\Windows\system32\config\SOFTWARE (it has no extension)

Now I would like you to make a bootable Vista USB: Dell Community

Don't do anything with it yet though


1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Ive searched the forum before posting and saw some problems like this, but nothing that could help. Heres what happened.
I booted my computer, everything working fine. Then after the boot it said windows had some updates ready to install, so I install them, and decide not to boot right away. In the meanwhile, I download <wm recorder> to save stream videos. After installing that too, I decided to reboot. And here the problem starts. The first screen is <Compaq>, then it goes to load windows xp. I see the green line loading, and when it looks like it finished loading to display the desktop screen, it boots back to the original Compaq screen. This goes on forever! I tried booting with safe mode, it does the same thing. There is was an option like <boot like the last time it worked(normally)>, but it does the same thing, forever booting! I dont know what to do. It is the primary computer in my house with ALL the important files for school and my dads work, etc...Is there an option to get an earlier restoring point? I need to get it working!!
The computer is Compaq presario, AMD athlon 2600+, 512 ddr, and 120 gb.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Endless booting loop

#1: Did you try custom boot screens at all? Causes infinite boots on prebuilts

#2: Try to get into safe mode by pressing f8 while booting, if it doesnt boot in safe mode, your screwed unless you do a repair, get your files off with another PC and reinstall than.

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

All right, in an attempt at reinstalling XP over my current XP installation has gone horribly wrong. I was having some problems getting Windows up, and could only boot in safe mode. So I toyed with msconfig and altered my boot options to where it automatically booted up in Safe Mode with Networking, so I wouldn't have to manually do so everytime. Well, I forgot that I'd altered this setting when I put in my XP cd and decided to reinstall windows. The installation gets about halfway through, and states that it has to reboot to finish. Of course, when my computer boots in Safe Mode I get an error saying that the Installation can't complete while in Safe Mode, and that it's going to reboot again. But since my boot.ini has been altered, it ALWAYS boots in Safe Mode. Now I can't boot up at all, as everytime I turn my computer on it tries to finish the XP setup process, with or without the CD in the drive. I've tried to boot off the CD again, which leads to the same result. I'm aware this is a pretty stupid situation I've gotten myself into, and ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Endless Boot Up Loop

Try last known good configuration from the safe mode boot menu. If you get in to safe mode, run msconfig again, under the general tab click the normal startup, and under the boot.ini tab, make sure that safe boot is unchecked.

10 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Recently, I was on my computer (A Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5974. Approx 2.5 years old) when it started to shut down with the famous blue error screen. As annoying as this was, it wasn't a big deal. No, the big deal started when my computer started acting up. It took longer and longer for it to boot to the desktop, sometimes even a half hour because I had to keep manually turning it off in on in order to get a response. Now my computer won't even go past the "Starting Windows" screen.

Answer:Computer in an Endless Loop

Do you still have your OS disk? try to boot off it and select repair and see if that helps.

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

My laptops' HD has bad clusters which CHKDSK cannot repair. Can I clone the disc to a new one. The bad bit will of course be set in the new HD as well. Chkdsk will run at boot but as the disc is new CHKDSK will complete successfully. Right??

Answer:Chkdsk endless loop/bad HD

Hello and welcome Hbj mate first have you backed up the data you have? because I personally don't see any point in cloning the drive to anew one as it has corrupt files.

Have a look at this first though Startup Repair and there is always this Repair Install

The other option is a factory reset on the machine but it will get rid of the data hence me asking if it is backed up.

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I used Acronis True Image 10 to make a copy of my laptop hard drive.

Recently got a different laptop and migrated the image to it through the recovery wizard. After fighting to get the thing to boot to the Welcome screen (agp440 mbrfix etc.) I now get an endless loop.

I click the icon to log on, I enter the password and get the message that windows needs to be activated. I click the activate windows now (Im aware I'll have to register or use a diff registration for this machine than my old laptop). NExt I get the message that "windows is already activated".
Then it goes back to the welcome screen. I click logo, enter password......same thing. It's on an endless loop. Rebooting does not help.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance

More replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless Start Loop

I just finished building my second computer (for my wife).
It is using the following components:
GIGABYTE EP45-UD3R Motherboard (made in Dec 2008)
INTEL Core 2 Duo E8400 processor
4 GB of OZC SLI-ready RAM
EVGA 9500GT Vidio card
Western Digital WD6401AALS Caviar Black SATA hard drive
Sony Optiarc 22X SATA DVD's (2)
Windows XP Professional O.S.
ANTEC SONATA III case with 500 watt P.S.U.
MASSCOOL 92mm CPU cooler + Antec Silver compound
External Seagate FreeAgent HD

Everything went well with the build and it started and ran just fine for several days while it was in my room. During setting up the BIOS it went thru many cold starts and restarts etc just fine.
I installed a downloaded Temperature program and it indicates that the CPU temp is 33 degrees C at idle and light loaded conditions.

Figuring that it was a go, I moved it to my wifes computer room and she loaded a number of games and other software on it. After installing many software programs everything was still working fine.
Then it started acting up.

Although it usually starts from a shutdown condition, if it is running, and it is asked to go thru a "restart" the Windows goes thru its usual shut down process, the screen goes black, then the POST screen comes on and it sits there for 10 or 15 seconds. Then it shuts down, sits there for about 5 seconds and the POST screen pops back on. It then sits there for another 10-15 seconds and shuts down again.
It will continue to do this for a... Read more

Answer:Endless Start Loop

Have you tried resetting the CMOS? Short the cmos jumper on the mobo with power off and disconnected. Then see if it starts up. also check that all cables and connections are properly seated.... cables and memory. Thats what I would start off with.

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

Hi! Can anyone help? My HP is stuck on a blue screen stating that the last update was not completed and that it is undoing changes. It's been this way for days and so far nothing I do will change the screen.

Answer:Endless update loop

If you feel its stuck in a loop close it down and force the advanced boot options. Exit and continue to Windows 8.1 which triggers a reboot with options. System restore is one. A feature to return the laptop to an earlier time.

1 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I have an HP 7300 It has worked fine for years. Tonight when I came home, my wife informed me that when the pc rebooted it went into an endless loop. It starts by showing the blue HP invent screen. If you let it go, it comes up with a screen where you can start normally or recover, then it goes to a second black screen indicating that there was a power failure and that you can boot in safe mode, safemode networking, etc.

If you select recovery on the first pass, you can choose to selectr R for recovery, F to reformat, or q to quit. If you select R for recovery the bottom will show the white dashed line filling, then a blue mountain scene with a moon in the left corner apears, and you have to hard restart.

If you let it go and restart normally, it goes into an endless loop of restarting.

Last known good configuration just loops too. Safe mode goest through a listing of all drivers, then re-loops. Same for safe with networking.

When I ran and hit f6 I was able to run in recovery and safe mode, then got a blue problem screen indicating windows shut down to avoid damage the technical information is:
***Stop: 0x000000024 (0x00190203, 0x8A0B2EF0, OxC000102, ox00000000)

Any suggestions how to get out of the loop and restart?

My email is <snip>

Answer:Startup in endless loop.

Maybe try Recovery Console and do a chkdsk /r to see if there is any damage to the file system.

If you download the recovery console ISO you need to burn the ISO file to a blank CD using imgburn or similar burning software. [You want to use the option of "Write Image File to Disc" in imgburn in order to make the CD bootable]

Read this page to get to a command prompt in recovery console to use the chkdsk /r command.

Basically, Press "R" to repair windows. Select 1 to enter your Windows files. Enter your password or if you don't have one set just hit <enter>. Then type in chkdsk /r and see if it finds/fixes any errors. Then reboot w/o the CD.

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I have a Gateway Intel Pentium 4, 3.00 Ghz and I’m running XP Pro. My computer is stuck in a boot-up for no reason that I'm aware of. The system just began restarting out of the blue. The restart gets past the Windows XP screen (which does show F11 – System Recovery option), past the Gateway screen (which shows F2 – BIOS Settings) but then instead of going on to the desktop, it goes to the screen that says "Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused this". It then gives you the choice of booting in Safe Mode/Safe Mode with Networking/Safe Mode with Command Prompt/Last know Good Configuration or Start Windows Normally. When I attempt rebooting in Safe Mode or any of the other selections mentioned above, the computer just restarts after 30 seconds.

No new software or hardware has been added. Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

Answer:Endless boot-up loop

7 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I'm having a problem with a friend's computer. It is an old eMachines T1220 w/ a 1.2Ghz Celeron. I have just installed a new 80GB Maxtor HDD, and am attempting to install Windows XP Home Edition. I changed the boot sequence to read off the CD-ROM first, and the preinstallation files have loaded fine from the disc. My problem is that when the computer reboots, it goes right back into loading the preinstallation files. I have never seen it say "Press any key to boot from the CD." It goes right to "Windows is checking your system's configuration..." or something to that effect. Anyway, when the computer reboots, if I take the CD out of the drive, and let it go straight to the HDD, it says "Operating System not found." If anyone out there can offer some advice, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Answer:Endless XP Installation Loop

What medium are you using to attempt this install?

Did you delete all partitions/structures on the drive...before attempting the install?

The only time that I've ever seen an attempted install skip the F8 acceptance (which is key) was something weird like the CMOS battery or a RAM issue or a slipstreamed CD that I had not burned correctly (it only happened once and I don't remember just what I did to overcome it). I have multiple disks so it may have been that.

I would first check to see if the BIOS recognizes the hard drive...then I would run a diagnostic on the hard drive.

After having done that to satisfy myself that the drive is properly recognized and in working order...I would insert the XP CD and attempt the install.

It wouldn't hurt to clean the CD used either (plain water, soft cotton cloth (T-shirt), do not rub in circular or oval motion, strainght lines across surface of disk.


6 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

I just put together a computer and used the windows xp proffesional edition. It formatted my hard drive and copied files, however when it restarted it went into an endless boot up sequence. the only options I get is "delete" to enter setup which seems to offer no help or "tab" which shows the specs for some reason and the the endless boot sequence will start again in 10 seconds or the moment I hit escape. If I press nothing it just keeps booting and booting

The Motherboard is an Asus p5b-vm se
Hard drive is EIDE 320GB

I dont know what else to say, when I hold f8 to try safe mode, it gives me a menu asking from what boot device to use:

Floppy Drive

none of which do anything but continue the boot sequence

thanks for the help

Answer:My Boot up is an endless loop

When you formatted the drive, did you also delete the previous partition on the drive? Might be worth a shot. Also make sure the Boot sequence is correct in the BIOS and that it does include the hard drive.

Also, whats the background info for this? Is this a new build or a system you are reformatting and if reformatting were you having other issues before?

3 more replies
Relevance 60.27%


RE: Windows XP Home, SP 3/ Have Windows Recovery Console Installed. Have Sony Recovery Disk.

FYI….Prior to this problem, I had other issues from running CC Cleaner registry cleaner I think.
I ran Malware Bytes full screen, Spybot Search and Destroy, Trojan Remover and Avast Antivirus full scan. No issues except a false positive with Trojan remover (it seemed) over Jawbone Uninstaller.

Description: Computer was hanging when trying to reboot. Hangs at “Computer is shutting down” so I installed Microsoft user hive fixit repair to it would shut down. Restored an old registry file from a couple weeks ago because of other issues including Internet explorer 7 not starting, windows update problem etc. Computer would not reboot as it was hanging again. Forced a manual shutdown.

Upon reboot, computer in endless reboot loop loading bar going across then flashes of the following: windows screen, flash of blue screen, no input signal, Sony screen, XP system options. Hit f8 to windows advanced Options Menu. Tried last known good config twice but same loop. Tried rebooting to safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, safe mode with networking but still same loop. Booted to windows recovery console and ran chkdsk /f /r but still same loop problem. Selected disable automatic restart then Microsoft Windows XP and get BSOD. I power down and manually reboot and the endless loop starts again.

This is an old Sony Desktop but I have a lot of software etc. without original disks so I... Read more

Answer:XP Won't Reboot-Endless Loop

I have basically the same problem (Compaq, 9 year old computer, prefer not to lose what I have on it, no real backup) and my error codes are: STOP 0X00000024 (0X000190203 0X84F7A9F8 0XC0000102 0X00000000) XP screen for 1/2 second or less, compaq screen, then, black screen with options (safe modes , last known, windows normal, etc.) I never get to anything but those 3 screens. I'm at my wits end! What do I do??? Thanks!!!

2 more replies
Relevance 60.27%
Question: Endless Boot Loop

Hello! I downloaded and installed Avast! Free Anti-Virus yesterday. When I restarted my computer, it started an endless rebooting loop. It will load the Windows XP loading screen before it restarts again. I tried going into Safemode, but it doesn't work - the computer just restarts instead of going into Safemode!

I'm an artist and there is a LOT of irreplaceable art files I've been working on the past month trapped on my computer. Is there any way to save my computer or at least access my files so I can back up this month's files?

Answer:Endless Boot Loop

6 more replies
Relevance 60.27%

i have a computer with windows xp home edition already installed on it.

due to some corruption issues, i decided to try and upgrade re-install to keep all the existing programs.

the process hangs at 33 minutes left and won't complete

now every time i try and boot i get "setup process restarting"

safe mode does NOT bypass it
at this point, i just want to abort the installation process and go back to my existing windows.
is there anyway to stop/abort/quit the windows setup process WITHOUT formatting the hard drive?

Answer:Endless XP installation loop

6 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Decided to do the semi annual reinstall of XP after boot time got up to 9 mins and shutdown got to 5 mins.
So nothing was really broken.

Its a no-brand desktop machine based on GA-M55Plus motherboard. Have a main disk SATA II and two more in a Raid-0 array.
Prior to starting had reassembled the latest drivers for motherboard, video card, printers, mouse etc and put on a USB stick

Disconnected the Raid array, blew away the partition on the main disk and installed XP from original media (which has SP2 included)
All went pretty smoothly but after about 6 hours started getting BSOD - its still too quick to read KERNEL something...
along with the advice to uninstall recent additions / drivers etc.
This happens after a few minutes or a few hours.

Well the last thing it did was 71 updates from Microsoft!! (Including the cursed IE-8 which had previously caused grief on this machine)
I can think of two things that have changed since before.
1. the 'latest' drivers
2. the order things were applied
Can you help with any advice as to the order things should be installed.
Whilst waiting for MS to get around to delivering updates I was installing the drivers etc. Starting with the chipset and video drivers.
So is it best to wait hours to days for MS to deliver all the junk? (without the mobo drivers its a bit average)
Can you get an image of XP with SP3 included - better yet all the 71 other vitally important updates ?
Do you think it would help to wind back the auto inst... Read more

Answer:Blue Screen of Death after re-install XP home

finally got it to stop on the error

Stop 0x00000077 (0xC000185, 0xC0000185,0, 0x00D8200)

which says is
0xC0000185, or STATUS_IO_DEVICE_ERROR: improper termination or defective cabling of SCSI-based devices, or two devices attempting to use the same IRQ.
(except it doesn't apply to XP - the same one for XP is full of dribble, run virus checker, install latest patches ...!)

Q1. Could SATA be interpreted as SCSI by windows ??
Q2 If I look at the IRQs there are two with the same value
(PCI) 22 NVIDIA nForce 430/410 Serial ATA Controller
(PCI) 22 Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Is this significant ?

Thanks JC

1 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Boot Loop while trying to install OS (Windows 7 x64 home premium)
OK, so I installed 2 new SSDs (OCZ Agility 3 & Sold 3) and took out my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB...

Unfortunately, I'm still getting a boot loop when I'm trying to do a clean install of the OS. I will have more time to play with it this weekend and try a few things out, but any ideas on what else could be causing this boot loop??

Just to inform on what I actually did this time around. I unplugged and drained the power out and waiting for all lights to fade on the MOBO and M I/O boards (held for about 2 mins). I then plugged back in and powered up and I hit F2 to enter the BIOS (BIOS A10) and I configured to boot from my DVD drive and saved/exit. PC restarted, post, booted from DVD drive, Windows loading files.......screen goes dark and Alienware boot screen comes back up, PC post, boots from DVD again, Windows loading files.......over and over again.

I have no idea what else can be causing this and am desperate for help. Any other thoughts guys?? Thanks again for your help.

Can this be hardware related?
Alienware Area-51 (A10 BIOS)
Alienware J560M MOBO
Core i7 970
G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 tri-chan 12GB (4GB x 3)
OCZ Agility 3 SSD 60GB
OCZ Solid 3 SSD 60GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1000GB (1.TB) /32MB cache hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 5870
2x Optical Lite-On 24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD?RW)
Alienware 1100Watt Multi-GPU Approved PSU
Win7 home premium x64

Answer:Boot Loop while trying to install OS (Windows 7 x64 home premium)

First, remove anything that you don't need to install Windows. If you have two DVD drives, get rid of one. If you have onboard video, remove your video card. Remove one hard drive. Remove all but 4GB of RAM. Once you've done that, install Windows.

7 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

I was recently using my girlfriends computer when a message came up saying something about an automatic update then went into a repair mode. Then when the computer restarted it went into startup repair. It says it can't find any problems, and when you restart it, it keeps going to startup repair. The computer originally had XP on it, and her step dad installed 7 right before we moved across the country, so we don't have any kind of install or recovery discs. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Startup repair endless loop

Well now things have taken a turn for the worse. I tried to disable the startup repair, and I guess I did. But now when I boot the computer, it says I'm missing a file and won't run windows without the cd. Please help me fix this problem so we can get back to my initial problem.

3 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Last night i shut down my pc and it was updating, and i was cleaning my desk and stuff, right? Okay, welll i think i accidentaly pressed something on my keyboard and the moment the computer shut down, it started back on. Just turned itself on. And now everytime i turn on this pc, it loads the motherboard screen and stuff, then there's a black screen and 3 seconds later it restarts over and over, restart, motherboard screen, restart, and restart again. There might be corruptedfiles

Answer:Computer on an endless restart loop

Unplug AC power, hold the power button for 30 seconds to drain power, plug it back in and try starting again.

If it loops again try interrupting it by tapping the key for BIOS setup, enter BIOS setup to reset to defaults. Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Next try booting the Win7 installation media or System Repair Disk.

Run Startup Repair which should automate System Restore, the most likely solution to interrupted Updates. If not run it yourself from System Recovery Options.

If these fail test your hardware first and then proceed with the other steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

8 more replies
Relevance 59.86%


I'm trying to escape and endless loop of a failed Windows install. Details below, the bolded part at the bottom is the part I am specifically having trouble with.


I'm getting this error saying that "SETUPORG.exe does not exist in the i386 folder on UXPCD". There's a RETRY and SKIP options and technically, i will choose the SKIP button. The installation will finish but when the computer reboots itself, it won't continue saying that there's a missing file.

C:\WINDOWS\system32\presetup.cmd - FILE NOT FOUND!
C:\WINDOWS\system32\setupORG.exe - FILE NOT FOUND!
(setupORG.exe - > Original windows Setup.exe)

1. "Presetup.cmd" not exist in the i386 folder on UXPCD
"setupORG.exe" not exist in the i386 folder on UXPCD

2. Check your "Txtsetup.sif" in the i386 folder on UXPCD
---Txtsetup.sif: -------------------------------------
setupORG.exe = 1,,,,,,,2,0,0; must exist
presetup.cmd = 1,,,,,,,2,0,0; must exist


when i press OK, the system will reboot and will go on a loop just like this. I don't know how to solve this. I've went through various forums and it seems that most of them haven't found the answers yet. I thought you can help me with this. I can't use my laptop now even if i run it in safe mode.

Answer:Windows XP Installation Endless Loop

6 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Hello. I'm new here (obviously), so thanks in advance for taking the time to read my post.

Dell XPS 12 running Win8 x64. Had it for about six weeks, and I had two problems I with it:

- every so often (maybe once a week), when I would turn it on, instead of booting into my normal startup screen, it would say 'Preparing Windows', then boot into, like, a generic account with none of my programs or files or anything... shutting down and restarting fixes that problem. A little annoying, but no big deal.

- every so often (maybe twice a week), I I'd shut it down, and I'd get the BSOD, with 'SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT' given as the problem. I bit of Googling seemed to reveal that this was a fairly common issue with Wi8 on this particular machine, so I never worried too much about it.

I'm describing these problems because they might shed light on the NEWEST problem, which is as follows:

Did a Win8 update yesterday, and today I discovered that when I turn the machine on, I get 'To skip disk checking, press any key within 1 second' at the Dell startup screen... I didn't press anything, but it didn't seem to go into disk-check, booting normally into Windows instead. I tried to do a disk check, and right away, it told me 'Windows has found problems with your disk', telling me I had to restart to fix them... so I did, and got the same 'To skip disk checking...' message, followed by an immediate boot into Windows instead of any disk checking. I tried to do a system restore, thinki... Read more

Answer:'Disk checking' endless loop

You could try running:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

in elevated command prompt.

It takes 15 minutes to an hour to finish.
Reboot when it is done.

It might help.

7 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

I am a fairly well experienced computer user, and I have been using Windows XP Professional ever since it came out. I usually can fix my own problems, but this one has me stumped.

Due a corruption problem I wanted to reinstall Windows XP, so after backing up all of the files I want to save, I used the original Windows XP Installation CD to reinstall Windows. The first part of the process worked fine; files were copied from the CD, the configuration was saved and the computer re-booted. After the reboot the computer continued to install Windows. The first message on the screen indicated that the installation would complete in 39 minutes. The installation process continued for about a minute, and suddenly the computer re-booted again. After this reboot, the Windows logo appeared, and the message appeared again that the installation would complete in 39 minutes. After about a minute, it rebooted again. This same process kept repeating several times until I gave up. The computer was stuck in an endless reboot loop.

I tried 2 different hard drives, and got the same results. I disconnected all of the hardware in the computer, except the motherboard, the graphics card, and the Ethernet card; I took out all of the memory, except for one stick (500 megabytes), and I still have the same problem.

I am out of options. Does anyone have any idea how to solve this problem? What I should do next?

I am pretty sure that I have a hardware problem somewhere in the computer. I would ... Read more

Answer:Windows XP Setup in Endless Loop

Hello mate. It sounds like the install CD could have a read fault or be scratched or dirty. It's obvious the computer has difficulty reading it when it gets to a certain point.

5 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Hello all,
I'm not very familiar with ICT in general so please do forgive me if I misspecify my question. I will try my best.
My computer suddenly started to go for some sort of upgrade and was stuck at 0%. I did not authorize anything as such so I figured it was to update to Win 10 (which I didn't want actually). To solve this, I just pressed and held the power button and turned it back on. Then it started to some sort of endless loop from the Medion loading screen to another blue screen with a text that notified me that something went wrong (there was a sad smiley face above the text).
I managed to get to a menu called "Easy Flash Utility" by pressing F4 and now that is where I'm stuck. I have added photos of this. My laptop is a Medion/Akoya. I also have taped the loop thing, so I'll add that too, if that's useful.
Thanks for your time

Answer:Win 8.1 => 10, problem endless restart loop

Easy Flash is for flashing the BIOS to the latest version. That is the last thing you want to do right now.
Can you get into Safe Mode? With Windows 8 you normally cannot get to Safe mode by repeatedly keep tapping F8. However if you hold down the Shift Key while rebooting you may be able to get into Recovery Mode. If this doesn't happen on the first re-boot keep holding the Shift Key down and boot again. By the third re-start then Recover/Repair normally kicks in.

3 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

I had some spyware / adware / and a few trojans on a computer. I ran Adaware - Spybot - and AVG to clean it all up. Everything seemed great, until AVG asked me to reboot in order to finish the cleanup process. Once I did this the system gets to the loading bar area, scrolls it past a few times then reboots. Over and over, been doing it for 10 minutes now! I tried to boot into Safemode, but as it loads it does the same thing!

I have tons of emails / and my outlook address book that I need to save before I format. Is there anyway using the repair console or something to fix this? Anyway to get to all those files if I cant?

Thank you very much!

Answer:Help with endless bootup loop in Winxp!

youll have to fix windows, so youll need the recovery disk. so pop the disk in and if the windows xp install doesnt show, and it keeps rebooting. Press "delete" repeatedly until the bios appears and change the boot order to cd drive.

If that still doesn work...i dont know how to help, srry

3 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

I have an endless reboot loop. Toshiba laptop. Fresh Windows 7 install. Even though I have set the dvd as the primary boot device, I can't seem to be able to find a command prompt to fdisk and start all over. Safemode and command prompt says I can't complete the install in safe mode and returns me to the black screen where safe mode and start computer normally. I have this endless loop of the PC restarting to this screen no matter what I select. I have even tried booting with an old xp cd with the view that I could fdisk from there. Notta.

Answer:Solved: An endless reboot loop

11 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Hey everyone,

this is my first time on the forum. I have a dell dimension 3000 , p4, 512 ram running windows xp. It has been working flawlessly for the last 2 years. I recently decided to try to use the standby and hibernate mode. After one day of these settings I came back to the computer and tried turning it on.. Nothing! I restarted it and a note came on the screen that a file nadtl32 ? not 100 % sure of that. could not be found. I went on to some sight and it gave me the solution. I promptly went back to the computer and did what it said. The computer started and then it gave me a blue screen. i shut it down and restarted and it just seems to be in a continuous loop of the windows startup screen coming on and then restarts again.
Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,,tile4fun

Answer:windows in endless loop on startup

What, you went to a website to follow a solution. ouch. I suggest you buy an external HD backup all your stuff and then format that drive. can you boot in safe mode ?

2 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Mod edit:MOVED to Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs ~~boopmeGreetings: I am getting the following endless loop when I try to start up my HP Probook laptop. I cannot get into anything or stop it even to try anything. A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.If this is your first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.Technical information:***STOP: 0X0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928,0xFFFFFFFFC000000D,0x0000000000000000,0X00000000000000000I?ve tried to start in Safe Mode to no success. Tried Start Up Repair-no success. The Last Known Configuration option came up with a blank screen and just the mouse arrow. Any ideas? Thanks.

Answer:Endless loop of BSOD 0x0000007b

STOP 0x0000007B: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICEUsual causes: Hard drive, File system, Boot sequence errors, Device driver, Virus infection (in particular check the MBR)In your case you report a Stop: 0x0000007B (, 0xC000000D, , ) error in which the value C000000D = STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETERThis is most likely the result of partition table &/or boot file corruption (based on previous experience) ... most often caused by malware.What was happening on the system prior to this problem developing?Were you aware of any possible malware infection on the system before this problem arose?
Were you attempting to remove malware when the system became unbootable?Have you had to deal with malware on the system recently?If not malware, was there any other issue evident with the system or were you doing anything unusual that may have inadvertently caused this problem?

18 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

I am attempting to install the IIS windows component so that I can run asp etc with Windows Xp Pro.

The installation seems to go ok, add component, insert xp pro disk, installed ok, but on the first reboot I get a major blue screen error. The blue screen error happens so quick that you can't read it. It then sends my pc into an endless loop of re-booting. It detects the devices, then goes pass the 'kit nightrider' windows starting up screen with the scrolling loading bar, then a blue screen hits just before the normal user's screen appears.

From then on, a safe boot or repair does not work and I had to install a new OS on the same partitian and backup all the docs, then do a complete refresh of the system. No system repair could save it. This happened twice! and the second time with only the o/s loaded and no other programs.

System specs are:

Xp Pro
2.67 G Intel Pentium 4 processor
WinFast XP 2000 TV Card
Panasonic A06 DVD Burner

Any assistance would be appreciated. I have loaded on so much stuff again to get it back to where it was I am frightened to attempt to install it again, but would like to.

Anyone had this problem? and found a solution?

More replies
Relevance 59.86%


Sorry to yell, but most every post I've looked at for the last hour has apparently been answered by someone just out of their local MENSA soirée and begins with detailed information about using Safe Mode.

I have on the bench a Dell 8200 behemoth running Windows XP Home. My client called after acceding to an onscreen promise to rid her system of evil nasties for free. I resurrected the AV software (Security Essentials), ran Malwarebytes to discover and dispatch the offender and its buddies. Went to reboot and the system proceeded through POST, the Dell splash screen and started to load Windows with the worm/train of blue squares zipping across the screen. The screen then goes to black and instead of the Welcome screen, the Dell splash screen reappears. It would do this ad nauseum if left to its own devices.

I have tried the following: 1)Kicking it (this of course was more for my own benefit); 2)Run Knoppix from a live CD to recover the data files (and scheduled a conversation with the client about Carbonite, Mozy or SOSOnline); 3)Attempted to start in Safe Mode (it runs through the list of drivers then goes dark and back to Dell splash); 4)Attempted to repair using a Windows XP disc (gets to Administrator password, hit return, back to Dell splash); and even though it runs Linux fine from a RAM drive, 6)Run MS's Memo... Read more

Answer:c000021a & the endless boot loop

I would personally start with chkdsk /r from an XP CD or a burned RC ISO. It fixes some broken files as well as sectors and whole clusters and might just find something in Security Descriptors that's getting in the way. After that, I'd go in with - in your case Knoppix - and bin all the rubbish from all User Accounts, including SystemProfile and checkthe sates of the last created .old or .sav versions of System, SAM and Software in case what I've already done doesn't make the system work and I need to revert to those files.


1 more replies
Relevance 59.86%

Tried upgrading my Toshiba Satelitte E105 laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Stuck in endless loop...never gets to home screen. Ctrl-ALT-Delete doesn't work.

More replies