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Windows freezes during boot showing the bottom screen white strip with 3 or 4 bars left to be "covered"

Windows freezes during boot

I tried to fix some of the problems my PC was presenting by reinstalling Windows. I chose the non erase data option, that is Windows gives the choice of not deleting the data in your HD, but (theoretically) fixes the OS if it’s messed up.

During the “cold reinstall” (update) Windows asked for some file it said it couldn’t find (although this –seemingly- was not possible. The disk was on the tray and all seemed ok). I ignored it, as this was the only option it gave so it could continue.

Now, every time I try to boot Windows gives me two options:
1 – Start Windows normally (or something akin to that).
2 – Continue Windows installation.

Whenever I pick option 2 (Continue Windows installation), it goes on a bit, but freezes showing that white strip on the bottom of the screen. The white strip goes up the last little bars and freezes when there are 3 or 4 left.

Does anyone know what's going on and how to fix it?
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Sounds like your cd might be damaged.  You cant just skip files to be copied during installation. You need to make sure you have a cd that is in working condition, and restart the installation.
try booting from your windows XP cd and doing a repair install. You may want to back up your files first. Try slaving it to another computer to get files off. If none of our suggestions help, you may need to backup, reformat, and put a fresh install of windows on.
I had a similiar situation once. I changed everything out of the system except for the RAM, but the error kept on happening. My next step was to RMA the RAM. I  did that and everything started working again. If you know someone that has a RAM tester or if you have the spare parts, try changing the RAM. As the saying goes, couldn't hurt to try. My problem was from a new build though. XP is finacky about RAM sometimes.
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Mehherc may be on to somthing there with the RAM, try just reseating the RAM or taking half of it away if you have multiple DIMM's. Also what other types of hardware do you have installed? What type of PC do you have, how old etc.? There are some steps you can take within the XP setup to assist but it's easier to start with the hardware, as that seems to be the issue 90% of the time when it comes to trouble installing Windows.

hey did u install it when you are using the Operating system ??  I suggest repair install  is the best option
were you able to boot to windows normally??
any luck with F8 and safe mode ?
BrejinskiAuthor Commented:
My system:
Motherboard: ASUS P3V4 - about 4 years old
Processor: Pentium 3 - 4GHz - about 4 years old
CD Recorder: LG - about 3 years old
2 80-GB HDs Seagate
Ok, after rereading your issue, Here are a couple of things you can try. First option, Wipe out your hard drive and start fresh. It's a big pain I know. BUt your issue may be because of some corrupt information on the drives, sometimes the file system partition gets whacky which usually gets delt with when you format. If you can back up your needed data to the extra drive then resinstall Windows on the formatted drive. Windows is not the best at fixing itself. If this still is an issue for you even after you format the drive, then I would say there is somthing in the CD that is messed up. By chance are these drive SATA drives?
BrejinskiAuthor Commented:
I have just tried a repair booting from the disc and... Windows freezes with the white stripe almost at the end...

To godd31: I will definitelly try everything until formatting everything from scratch. This will take a time I don't have now.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions so far. My HDs are both IDE.

Guess I will try to change the disk, then the CD/DVD recorder and then the memory cards.

I will let you guys know what happens...

Can u go in the safe mode ???

Do you have LAN card on ur machine ,if yes , try to remove it and check wether the OS boots up.
BrejinskiAuthor Commented:
Hi, folks,

I have used another Windows disk and apparently the problem got solved. I had some trouble due to the Acronis software I had installed, which asked for two differnt files during Windows intallation: timntr_2K.sys and tifsfilt. I had to stop the procedure, copy these files with the help of my other computer (if I hadn't another I'd be totally screwed) to a CD and so forth...

I get back to you guys again a bit later on.


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