"Error loading operating system" windows xp can't boot

Posted on 2018-02-22
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Last Modified: 2018-03-08
Hello everyone,
I would really need your help. My laptop for my work just stop working, here is the story:
the battery died and the computer shut down by itself, when i came back i turn it back on with power cord, enter my bios password and then black screen and the only thing i see in the top left corner: Error loading operating system.

So i try to boot on a Win XP cd and do F2 for repair, but when windows starts to start i have a blue screen telling me that the system need to shutdown for safety or something like that.
So ithought that it was a bad sector for booting or something like that, i boot using ultimate boot cd i can go in parted magic but i'm not sure what to do there. Any help would be appreciated.

And i know that i have some restore point on my system, i mean those restore point that you can usually use in windows to restore your system as an ulterior date, is there a way to restore those points without booting in windows???


I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
Question by:aaron pawlak

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by:Obaid ur Rehman
ID: 42477638
Boot from XP CD/DVD/USB, let it load drivers (Skip F2 for Automated System Recovery), when you get to the point to chose between:

* For Installation press Enter, Repair using Recovery Console, press R, Quit F3, Press: "R",

Choose Operating System by serial no if it asks, if XP is the only OS, press 1,
Enter administrator password if you had set up, otherwise just press : "enter"

In the command prompt, type "chkdsk C: /r" where C is the driver letter of the partition where XP was installed previously.
Let it finish, it will take a while, notice if detects any issues. It will try to resolve automatically, when finished, type "exit" and boot from HDD, check if it works.

Otherwise, on the step marked as * above, press enter for new Installation, it will detect previously installed operating system. If it detects the old operating system, chose repair. It will remove and copy new operating system files leaving your data intact.

Hope that helps!
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by:John Hurst
ID: 42477708
Take the hard drive from the machine, put it in a USB carrier, attach to another machine and see if you can see the disk / get data from it. The hard drive may be damaged from the abrupt power off occurrence.

My laptop for my work just stop working,   <-- XP is a dangerous system to use and totally unsupported. Why are you using such an old system?

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