Windows XP won't start safe mode, STOP: C0000221 {Bad Image Checksum}

Posted on 2011-02-24
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Here is the error being thrown when trying to start in safemode. Normal boot results in Windows splash screen just spinning.

stop: c0000221 {bad image checksum} The image mpr.dll is possibly corrupt. The header checksum does not match the computed checksum
Question by:bjbrown
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Expert Comment

ID: 34971874
not good news.  here is microsofts KB article on this. 

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Author Comment

ID: 34971972
Okay, thanks I'll try the recovery. If I have to reload XP will the user files still be accessable. Since it's not a format I'm guessing yes. Also, if I were to take the opportunity to upgrade to W7 will the user files be saved?
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ID: 34972128
Also as long as you don't format it (during recovery, reinstall, update or whatever) , any other partition apart from the OS one should remain unchanged.

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bjbrown earned 0 total points
ID: 34980662
Even after recovery console commands including rebuild of master boot record no luck. Reinstalling OS only option. Thanks anyway.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35015446
None of the solutions offered by the experts resolved the issue although they were not erroneous.

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