Windows XP in Reboot Loop

Posted on 2010-01-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 SP3. During the boot process, shortly after the Windows logo appears, the computer restarts. I can interrupt this loop by pressing F8 and choosing to boot to the last known good configuration. When I do this Windows boots up fine. What can I do to fix this? Thank You.
Question by:TUMIhq
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    Accepted Solution

    Restore your system to an earlier point were you did not have this issue.

    Author Comment

    Thank you. I will try this.
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    Assisted Solution

    I completely agree with nordtorp, you have probably upgraded a driver which is throwing a failure, when you load with last known good configuration this driver is now loaded and your fine... restoring to the last system restore or just before that should fix it...
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    Try restoring your system to system to earlier date, If there is no system restore point, Follow this:

    1. Select "Recovery Console" from the "Startup Options" list. (Pressing F8).

    2. Insert Windows XP disk into the drive if "Recovery Console" is not listed in "Startup Options." Restart the computer. Follow the prompts and select "Repair" or "Recover."

    3. Type "cd system32" without quotes when the command prompt appears. Press "Enter," type "ren kernel32.dll kernel32.old" and press "Enter" again. Type "map" and press "Enter."

    4. Type "expand e:\i386\kernel32.dl_" and press "Enter." E drive is the CD Drive. If the Windows XP CD is inserted into a drive other than "E:" replace "E:" with the  drive letter.

    5. Type "exit" and press the "Enter" key. The computer will shut down and reboot again. Remove the Windows XP disk.

    Your problem should now be resolved.
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    by:Ravi Agrawal
    Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP


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