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We had a power cut now windows XP home continually loops and doesnt load

I had a power failure at home the other day and when the power came back on the pc started to boot, it said it was not shut down correctly.  Now when i boot the computer whether in safe or normal mode, the windows xp screen comes on as it is loading then the cd drive or something else makes a noise about 1-2 seconds before it reboots.  This circle continues......

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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
Refresh The Windows XP installation to save your Data and settings etc.



How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm


How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
I just took a HDD out of another computer which has XP pro on and that came up asking to boot safe/normal etc when I clicked ok, it just reboots in the same / similar loop

i might disconnect all hardware back to basics....

any other suggestions?
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CallandorCommented:
You can't take a WinXP hard drive from another system and expect it to work on this one, due to the Hardware Abstraction Layer, which is tied to the IDE controller and video graphics card.  You should try the repair install Pete suggested.
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
ok thanks, sorry
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tmj883Commented:
Suggest you reset and save the BIOS settings prior to a reinstall...T
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
petelong, thats a great link just gutting that the restore feature was not there, so...........

ive put the hdd as a second drive in this pc and the data reads ok and I have started with a new hdd in the pc that had the power failure because the owner of that pc does not have any data backup and a new drive is probably best than a possibly terminally damaged drive i guess..
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
then the old drive can be a backup drive!....two solutions solved in one i guess

thank you all for the feedback
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Pete LongConsultantCommented:
ThanQ
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