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braindead
03-05-2009, 11:32 PM
This one is new to me. XP Home system keeps shutting down and rebooting. Any suggestions welcome.

Thanks!

feersumendjinn
03-05-2009, 11:51 PM
Here's a bit more about it, doesn't say how to fix it though
http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/archMFT-c.html
You might find an answer here
http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?catalog=LCID%3D1033&query=mft+corrupted&mode=r

braindead
04-05-2009, 12:08 AM
Sorry! Sorry!

MFT should read MBR

gary67
04-05-2009, 06:38 AM
You will need your XP CD to do repair. Place XP CD in drive: Reboot or shutdown and start PC.

1. When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2. Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen
select R at stage (step 3) - hopefully it will see your installed OS, select the drive with the OS on (C: drive), usually 1 - when you get to the password, simply hit enter.

At the command prompt C:\windows> type in fixboot press enter and agree to any prompts, type in Exit - try the PC again see if it will start normally, if not try the exact same but this time type fixmbr restart the PC, if it still wont start try booting again from the XP CD as before and see if the original OS is now visible (Step 5) This is what you want to be able to see yours will say XP Home.

You might need to change the boot order in the bios first if it doesn't boot from the CD

beama
04-05-2009, 07:04 AM
this somtimes works

f8 boot choose safe boot
then try boot normal

if that fails
try

f8 boot
last known good configration
then normal boot

braindead
04-05-2009, 07:19 AM
gary67 - Thanks for your clear instructions!
beama - Tried that but thanks.

Blam
04-05-2009, 09:09 AM
You will need your XP CD to do repair. Place XP CD in drive: Reboot or shutdown and start PC.

1. When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

2. Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen
select R at stage (step 3) - hopefully it will see your installed OS, select the drive with the OS on (C: drive), usually 1 - when you get to the password, simply hit enter.

At the command prompt C:\windows> type in fixboot press enter and agree to any prompts, type in Exit - try the PC again see if it will start normally, if not try the exact same but this time type fixmbr restart the PC, if it still wont start try booting again from the XP CD as before and see if the original OS is now visible (Step 5) This is what you want to be able to see yours will say XP Home.

You might need to change the boot order in the bios first if it doesn't boot from the CD

That works everytime, you may have to perform a chkdsk /f also.

Blam