Windows XP - not loading

Got a windows xp machine. For some reason it has stopped working .
It starts with screen which says “start windows normally, select safe mode, safe mode with cmd, safe mode with networking”
But no option is working. Even if I select safe mode it thinks for few seconds and comes back to same page with all options. I tried all options, like safe mode with net, with cmd. All loops back to the same page.

I took out the hard dive connected to another computer. Can see all data. Ran disk error check by right clicking on the windows partition drive. It came up with no error.
Tried to run sfc scan on the attached hard drive. It gives me error “ windows resource protection could not start the repair service” am doing it with admin credentials .

Could anyone help me with this issue. WhyOS keeps looping back ? Y I could not run sfc scan
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
SFC can only run on a system drive when the system is booted from that drive and running Windows.  Trying to run SFC on a different system will only look at the Windows installation of the host system.

Have you tried Last Known Good Configuration?

Enable Boot Logging at the Advanced Boot Menu, then try to boot to Safe Mode.  If the system still refuses to boot, remove the drive, take it to another system and review the contents of ntbootlog.txt.
Mr.XAuthor Commented:
Thanks for reply.
I tried boot logging and also the login with good configuration . Both gives same problem. Keeps coming back to the Same page, where it says select a option to boot.

Maybe I will try to look into the bootlog file and wil let you know what I find
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Keep in mind that Boot Logging only works when booting to Safe Mode.
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Mr.XAuthor Commented:
But my computer not even loading to safe mode. So I can't access boot logging
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Boot logging will occur even if the system does not complete the boot.
Mr.XAuthor Commented:
Ok. Got it.
So basically now I need to connect my hard drive to another computer and look at the ntbootlog file  for further information. Is that right ?
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I would also download the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic program for the drive and run it.  You may (but not at all certain) be experiencing hardware errors with the drive.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Have you got the XP CD ?  You might be able to start with that and do a repair. Check the hard drive for errors as noted above first.
How important is it to get this particular OS installation running again? Considering that XP hasn't been getting security updates for years, this might be a good opportunity to retire the system.
for a repair, here a guide :      

note it is Always wise to test ram and disk - to be sure about the basics - i Use the UBCD for this :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
direct download :
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)      

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick
*** note *** for SSD drives  use the tool from the manufacturer, like intel 's toolbox :

for completeness -here's how i handle disk problems :

==>>****in order to be able to  boot from CD or usb - you may have to disable secure boot in the bios
Mr.XAuthor Commented:
Hi guys,
Thanks for everyone relying here.
I found the actual hardware is faulty.
I took the harddisk out and put it back in another old desktop and it booted up. So right now it seems to be working fine. Only problem I came across after swapping harddisk is windows activation. It lost the windows activation, but again did activation through phone and it worked.

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test if the "bad" pc can boot from a bootable cd - or usb stick
post also the pc model - or motherboard model
Mr.XAuthor Commented:
Actually did not test with CD or USB stick. The harddisk works fine with another hardware. So just isolated the original hardware as faulty.
So all seems to be good.
Mr.XAuthor Commented:
This worked for me.
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