Windows XP hangs during boot after disk check is complete

Posted on 2004-09-28
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a problem with my Windows XP Pro machine.  It hangs on startup after it has completed the disk check and states the disk is ok.  It can take over a minute before it loads Windows.  Any ideas what may be causing this or how to correct it?

Extra note:  Machine is P4 3.2 running 1GB of RAM and this is a clean install.

Thanks for your help!
Question by:uam0269

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when you get in to windows have a look at the error logs in event vewer located in  :  %SystemRoot%\system32\eventvwr.msc /s : copy the line betwean the quots in to the run box

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Your description is too general..
Perhaps u would like to follow andymsmith18's comments...

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Or if stil no joy,

logged on as an administrator:
Use the System File Checker tool to scan all of the protected files on your computer:

-Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type sfc /scannow, and then click OK.

Click on How To Run a Repair Install

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Thanks for the advice.  I did check event logs and there are no errors in any of the catagories.  It simply hangs after the check disk is complete with no errors of any type.  I'm not sure how much more descriptive I can be about it.  What else do you need to know?

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Hi gfren,
I ran system file checker and it didn't help.  As for reinstalling, I've already reloaded this system 3 times now with the same problem recurring after every install.

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have you bean to windows update and instaled all the updated drivers and any other updates it says you need all so dose disk check run on every boot ?

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yes I did install all the updates and available drivers except for the nvidia update because it will not install, it errors out.  And yes, it seems to run disk check on every boot.

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andymsmith18 earned 250 total points
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OK its pos you have a damaged registry or have a hp scanner check out this link and see if it applys;en-us;316506&Product=winxp

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It wasn't a damaged registry or a scanner but your post did get me in the right direction.  I started looking at my pci cards and discovered it was my USB card that was the culprit.  She now boots normally without delay since I removed it.

Thank you all for your input and assistance!

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