Unable to boot Windows XP Pro after power outage

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I run Windows XP Pro on a Pentium 4 3.00 GHz PC.  I suffered a few power outages yesterday.  XP was able to boot after the first outage.  Right after the boot-up, the second outage hit.  Upon rebooting, XP takes me to the screen that provides a few safe mode choices.  Everyone of those choices take me right back to the same screen.  The scrolling stops for quite a while when the screen shows it is reading MUP.SYS, and then the PC reboots and takes me right back to the screen with the safe mode choices.  If I choose to start normally, I can see a flash of the blue screen--too fast for me to be able to read it.  I am currently running BART XPE on CD-ROM to do a CHKDSK /f /r on the system drive.  If that fails to fix the problem, what's the next best step?  I am looking for a solution that saves me from having to reinstall all my applications, which can take days.

Question by:Niemand
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    if you are getting BSOD during boot, you will most likely find some sort of corruption on yoru harddirks caused by the power outages.   At that point, i woud already be leaning towards replacing the Harddrive. (which meansyou will have to reload everything)  THe other thing you can try is to run a Repair or recovery using the Windows INstallation Media.  That may help you get past the issue.

    Windows Recovery Console Help:

    Walkthrough on how WIndows Repair Procedures

    Hope this helps,

     - Brugh
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    You can pass a memory test  (could be damaged)
    and a harddrive test (if it's a partition trouble)
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    Could be one the memory slots on the mainboard is damaged.
    with power outages surges test first the any cards such as video cards audio cards .

    modem network and  cards especially
    these can get damaged first as they are connected to the phoneline. And the pnone line is the one that gets hit with power surge first.
    Often times can save the hdd.


    Author Comment

    The CHKDSK seems to have fixed the problem.
    Thanks for all your suggestions.
    I will close this question.
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    great thanks for the feedback. glad your backup and running.

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