another reason why i just can’t go back to Windows XP

Posted: February 6, 2008 in news & stories

last week, the Windows XP on my laptop just won’t boot properly anymore. the bootsplash screen loads for a few seconds, then i get dumped back to BIOS. selecting safe mode, last known good configuration, or any other mode didn’t work. i repeatedly did each of the options available to no avail. it was futile.


mounting it on my Kubuntu Feisty, i found out that the ntfs journal logs were unclean. this could mean that, (1) i left Windows XP on hibernate. i do this a lot so i could boot faster into Windows, and Linux won’t mount a “hibernated” Windows; or (2) the disk was not properly unmounted by the system. the latter rarely happens. Windows is very good at shutting down, no doubt about that. so what could’ve happened?

number (2) happened, that’s what. and why? i don’t know. it just happened. no OS is perfect. not even “mighty” Windows. but you know what really pissed me off? Windows doesn’t seem to have a built-in fallback boot mode in case something like this happens. but wait, perhaps now you’re saying “shut this guy up, hasn’t he heard abuot the R (for recovery) option in the installer?” oh please, that option is not even an option. it didn’t do a damned thing. it couldn’t do a damned thing. it wanted me to have the partition checked for errors but how can i do that when i can’t even get to, at least, safe mode to execute the CHKDSK command?! Windows. .. it just totally locked me out.

i had an idea of having another installation of Windows XP boot instead. i got the Windows XP of my desktop PC, placed it on a USB external hard drive rack, changed my laptop BIOS settings to boot from USB first, and presto.. . Windows XP failed miserably on this one!

idea 2: recovery disks. ok so my HP Compaq Presario came with recovery disks. just in case somethig stupid like this should happen. at least that’s what i thought. NO! i couldn’t be more wrong. it’s just a damned installer. and it took almost 2 hours just to install or copy the Windows system files. and what’s worse, it didn’t fix anything. well of course, it was just an installer. it didn’t even bother to correct the ntfs journal. 2 hours of nothing. great!

3rd recourse: reformat & reinstall Windows XP. this option comes with the recovery disk. it will tell you that this is a destructive option which will erase all data in the disk. good! if this fixes it then i’m happy. i solely use Windows to play World of Warcraft. this solution worked magnificently. i’m so glad that Windows has perfected the format & install. this is almost always the only viable solution when your Windows XP gets into problems such as what i’ve just described, or when it gets hit by a worm or virus.

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Comments
  1. yamz says:

    also dude, R didn’t work @ all. but you’re lucky it worked for you. read the post again so you can see that i clearly stated that R didn’t do a darned thing.. . 😀

  2. yamz says:

    @tildemark: it may have backup files, but then again, how can you get to it when you can’t even get to safe mode? so you’ll need a live CD to do this, like Knoppix. i’m aware that there are Windows’ live CDs out there. if you can get inside Windows that crashed and stubbornly refused to let you in w/out using a live CD please tell me. otherwise don’t tell me about the locations of backup files coz IT”S PRETTY DAMNED useless. then again, thanks for the tips. hahaha.. .

    also, if Windows was a very intelligent software, it should give you an option to let it overwrite the current system files with the backup if it deemed it necessary. but why didn’t it give me this option? is this supposed to be a big secret? i am amazed!

    last of all, when i booted into my Ubuntu i inspected all of the directories under my `C` or Windows partition. i am quite certain that there was no c:\windows\repair directory at all. of course i don’t have to tell anyone that this is a Genuine Copy of the Microsoft Windows XP, right? licensed and paid for legally. and no, the REPAIR folder is not always there. trust me, i would’ve seen something as obvious as `repair` coz i spent the whole night (and until the wee hours of the morning thereafter) trying to fix it before i finally gave in and re-formatted/re-installed MIGHTY Windows.

  3. tildemark says:

    i have to say you might not be familiar with windows recovery. it happens to me all the time and the [R] is really helpful to me i guess. i never have to reformat my pc every time it fails to load. windows actually stores a backup copy of your system files at the following locations:

    c:\windows\repair\system
    c:\windows\repair\software
    c:\windows\repair\sam
    c:\windows\repair\security
    c:\windows\repair\default

    everything you ever need to bring back you windows xp to life. you will need to overwrite your old system files to make them work. which is found at:

    c:\windows\system32\config\system
    c:\windows\system32\config\software
    c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    c:\windows\system32\config\security
    c:\windows\system32\config\default

  4. […] last week, the Windows XP on my laptop just wont boot properly anymore. the bootsplash screen loads for a few seconds, then i get dumped back to BIOS. selecting safe mode, last known good configuration, or any other mode didnt work. i repeatedly did each of the options available to no avail. it was futile. mounting it on my Kubuntu Feisty, i found out that the ntfs journal logs were unclean. this could mean that, (1) i left Windows XP on hibernate. i do this a lot so i could boot faster i source: another reason why i just cant go back to Windows XP […]

  5. Mike says:

    “i’m so glad that Windows has perfected the format & install. this is almost always the only viable solution when your Windows XP gets into problems such as what i’ve just described, or when it gets hit by a worm or virus.”

    Eh-hehehe…

    It’s like a kill-all solution for mosquitoes, more like drowning your bedroom with insecticide, practically wiping out the poor bastards till they they choke and die in their own spit…

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