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Blue screen after windows xp Pro SP3 upgrade

Posted on 2008-10-12
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I am working on a Government computer that has been loaded with a corporate image of windows xp Pro.  after an update done by our admin team.... there was a blue screen stating that an attempt was made to execute non executable memory.... I rebooted the machine and loaded to safemode in every way possible.. I even loaded the CD- to recovery mode, but it told me no hard drive was present.... interesting cause it boots to a system.. (not a dummy system) Toughbook laptop.  Any other fixes?? I need all the help I can get?
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You need a boot CD that is able to edit files on a NTFS filesystem.
Such as NTFSforDOS
http://www.bootdisk.com/ntfs.htm

Use the bootdisk to open a text editor and change C:\boot.ini
attrib -s -h -r  C:\boot.ini

You want to edit boot.ini and find the boot option that says
something such as

/NOEXECUTE=AlwaysOn
/NOEXECUTE=OPTOUT

and change it to either

/NOEXECUTE=OPTIN
/NOEXECUTE=AlwaysOff

or /EXECUTE

I.E.  The final  command line after the changes might look something like this

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect  /NoExecute=Alwaysoff



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is that an non intel processor? there's an issue with amd processor with sp3 and all xp ends up in blue screen.
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